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About the Contributors
Harika Maddala is a senior year student at San Francisco State University, pursuing a bachelor’s
in Photojournalism and a minor in International Relations. Born and raised in India, Harika
earned her BA in journalism in the country and transferred to SF State in 2019, to earn a four-
year bachelor’s degree. She has been clicking photos since age 14 and has had her photos
displayed at various galleries including at a TedX exhibition in India in 2016, at Yerba Buena
Arts Gallery in June 2019, and at Samy’s Camera in the Spring of 2019. Harika enjoys shooting
anything with a lot of action- dance, weddings, concerts, protests, and riots. She is currently
exploring multimedia and finds video and audio editing relaxing- almost like a craft of weaving
things together. She joined the Xpress newspaper team in Summer 2020 and this is her last
semester in college. She aims to work on more projects related to queer identities, race and
immigration issues, body image, and mental health in the future.
Yeily Mendez, Engagement Editor
Yeily Mendez (she/her) is a journalism student at SF State minoring in race and resistance studies and criminal justice. She is a Bay Area native and has previously worked as a staff reporter for Golden Gate Xpress and social media intern for The San Francisco Standard. Yeily is now the engagement editor for Golden Gate Xpress. In her free time, she loves to watch and talk about reality TV and anything pop culture-related.
Paul Christopher Kelly is a young Bay Area native of Irish and Nicaraguan descent. He has a familial affinity towards Irish and Latin American writers, such as Oscar Wilde, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Samuel Beckett, and Pablo Neruda. Due to this, his prose frequently features Spanish translations as a companion to the original English. His work has appeared in Transfer, The Golden Gate Xpress, Seen and Heard, El Tecolote, The San Franciscan, and Borderless magazine. For those interested in reading more his website sfpoetryandnews.com contains samples of his journalistic articles and essays on varying subjects. He can also be reached at [email protected] for further inquiries.