Carribean Fragoza is a writer and artist from South El Monte, CA. She has published fiction and poetry in publications such as Palabra Literary Magazine, Emohippus, BOMB Magazine, and Huizache Magazine. Her arts/culture reviews and essays have been published in online national and international magazines such as Letras Libres, Culture Strike, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Tropics of Meta. She is a graduate of UCLA and CalArts' MFA Writing Program. She is founder and co-director of the South El Monte Art Posse (SEMAP), a multi-disciplinary arts collective. SEMAP currently runs a column on KCET Departures about the San Gabriel Valley, called "East of East."