Carribean Fragoza was raised in South El Monte, California. She co-edits UC Press’s California cultural journal, Boom California, and is the founder of South El Monte Arts Posse, an interdisciplinary arts collective. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared numerous publications, including BOMB, Huizache, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She is the co-editor of East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte (Rutgers University Press) and coordinator of the Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Award at Claremont Graduate University. Her debut collection of stories, Eat the Mouth That Feeds You, is forthcoming from City Lights Books.