Kristen Simental, an emerging Latinx author, has pursued literature, music, and photography all her life. 

Born in East Los Angeles and raised in Oxnard, Kristen tackled her world with curiosity, passion and defiance. At age 18, she left Oxnard for the LA music scene. She started one of the first independent online music sites, Dark Culture Magazine. 


In 2016, while sidelined with a long illness, Kristen wrote first drafts of four novels, five short stories and two novellas. Her first piece was published in Sheriff Nottingham that year. Her novella, Why Arizona has been awarded the 2019 de Groot Prize.


She is currently working towards a degree in English and is the founder and editor of Five South, an online literary journal.


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