Mateo Lara is queer & Latinx (pronouns: he/him/they), from Bakersfield, California. He received his B.A. in English at CSU Bakersfield. He is currently working on his M.F.A. in Poetry at Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA. His poems have been featured on Poets.org, and in EOAGH, Empty Mirror, and The New Engagement. He is an editor for RabidOak online literary journal.