Originally from California’s Central Valley, Candace Eros Díaz (pronouns: she/her) is a queer Xicana writer and arts administrator based in Oakland, CA. She moved to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley where she failed miserably as a pre-med student. This failure led her to California State University, East Bay where she began writing creatively and earned a B.A. in English. In 2012 she graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from Saint Mary’s College of California (SMC) with a dual-concentration in nonfiction and fiction. Her creative writing is rooted in the oral tradition of storytelling and uses imagination as a way to get at truth. Candace co-curates the San Francisco reading series Babylon Salon and is the Coordinator of Admissions and Student Services for her alma mater, the MFA in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College. She is concerned with engaging and serving diverse voices from marginalized populations, especially queer women of color, in spaces that have traditionally lacked this representation. She believes the artist’s ability to connect with communities through their work plays a critical role in social justice and equality movements and she aims to promote and participate in this progress through all of her creative endeavors.