The word diaspora is one of pain, nostalgia, and most importantly community.
It is also the reality for many of us who live scattered from our homelands but who continuously seek our community no matter where we are. A community, an identity which influences our writing. Yet, the truth is there are many influences in a writer’s life. And so, it is our sincere hope to create a space where we can showcase our creativity in the vast array of genres that exist in this world.
We invite you to submit!
Diaspora Baby Blues is a literary journal that publishes Millennial and Gen-X writers from the various diasporas of the world. We amplify writers that are often exploited by the publishing world by showcasing the diversity of genres and their commitment to writing despite the intergenerational trauma.
Marabet Morales Sikahall
Editor & Founder, Poetry
Marabet Morales Sikahall is an East Oakland Guatemalan Misfit writer. She is an alumna from both Creative Writing programs at San Francisco State University and Berkeley City College including the Literary Arts program at Oakland School for the Arts. Some of her work is featured in Acción Latina’s 2018 and 2019 Tribute Chapook for Salvadoran writer, Roque Dalton, Palabritas, Oakland Voices, and The Acentos Review. Her writing endeavours have led to a collaboration with local radio station, KALW and Oakland Voices, An East Oakland Community Comes Together To Address Mental Health that aired on July 2019 for #MinorityMentalHealthAwarenessMonth.
You can find her on both Instagram and Twitter @marabet510.
Short Stories, Poetry
Zaira Miluska is a Salvadoran-American and creator of Central American Art & Beauty on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. She has been featured for her work in Voyage L.A., Remezcla and Yahoo! Life. She is currently a student at California State University, Dominguez Hills completing her B.A. in Political Science. She grew up interested in hearing stories, particularly those from Central America which influenced her to share her love of them with others through her platform. In her free time, she loves to catch up on some readings on anything she can find, painting, watching movies, and enjoying time at the beach.
Trinity Thompson is an educator, writer, and lover of stories who proudly hails from Honolulu, Hawaii. As a mixed black woman she grew up interested in the power of storytelling as a tool for individual exploration and collective liberation. She is a graduate of Stanford University where she studied creative writing, ethnic studies, and sociology. Much of her writing explores the themes of identity, culture, and history. She is the founder of her own Black Girls’ Book Club and hosts a writing collective for women of color authors in the bay, and finds her greatest joy in cultivating spaces for women of color to discover or create worlds where they see themselves.