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David M. Olsen​ (he/him) is a writer, photographer, filmmaker, and poet. He is a graduate of Stanford’s OWC program in novel writing and holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside Palm Desert. He has published books of poetry, a novel, multiple anthologies, and various work in literary journals and magazines. He is at work on a crime novel series and a linked collection of short stories. He resides on California's central coast where he surfs regularly, and helps keep the ocean clean by volunteering with Surfrider Foundation's Monterey Chapter.

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AM Larks (she/her) writes fiction, nonfiction, children's literature, and drama. Her writing has appeared in Scoundrel TimeAssay: A Journal of Nonfiction StudiesFive on the FifthCharge Magazine, and the Zyzzyva and Ploughshares blogs. She has performed her stories at Lit Up at Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, California. She is the current photo/visual arts editor at Kelp Journal, a multimedia literary revue, and the former fiction editor at Please See Me literary magazine as well as the former multimedia editor of The Coachella Review.


AM Larks earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, a Juris Doctorate, and most recently a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University California Riverside Palm Desert's low residency program. She is a longtime patron of the arts and enjoys stories that capture the complexities of life on the page or screen.

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Chih Wang graduated from the University of California, Riverside in Palm Desert with a Masters Degree of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She also holds a certificate in Copyediting from the University of California, San Diego Extension. She served as Fiction Editor and Copyeditor at The Coachella Review and currently copyedits for Kelp Journal. She runs her own freelance copyediting business, CYW Editing, specializing in fiction. A San Diego native, she spends her free time working on her novel, a contemporary fantasy, or hanging in the air, practicing aerial silks and hammock.



Maria Duarte is a poet and writer who received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside—Palm Desert. She has published poems in Verdad Magazine from Long Beach City College and in the anthology The Good Grief Journal: A Journey Toward Healing. She is currently the poetry editor for Kelp Journal.

Connect: @AngieDuarte

Kate Hinterbrger

Kate Hinterberger (she/her) is a writer and editor based in Seattle. She is the former nonfiction editor of The Coachella Review and the current nonfiction editor at Kelp Journal. She holds an MFA in writing from the University of California, Riverside and a BA from the University of Washington. She is at work on a novel and a collection of short stories and has been published in The Seattle Times.

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Leanne P

Leanne Phillips (she/her) is an award-winning writer, a certified book coach, and an editor. She is Kelp Journal’s fiction editor. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California at Riverside, Palm Desert. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of BooksKelp JournalThe Coachella Review, the New American Studies JournalPersimmon Tree, and GXRL. Leanne is a lifelong Californian. She makes her home on the Central Coast where she spends her days reading, writing, and beachcombing.


Readers & Interns

Cierra Buchholz is currently a Northern Arizona University student pursuing her Bachelors in English. She has the pleasure to work doing what she loves at the Franke College of Business as a writing tutor and at the College of Arts and Letters on the marketing team. You may also see her name on the Flagstaff Green Zine as an editor and as a nonfiction editor. 

Guillermo Jose de la Fuente is a college student at John Paul the Great Catholic University.  

Kelp has many internship opportunities available year-round for Kelp Journal, The Wave, and Kelp Books for students and writers/artists.  Contact for more information.

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