Marytza K. Rubio, Founder & Executive Director
Marytza K. Rubio is a writer born & raised in Santa Ana. Her fiction and essays have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Slice Magazine, The Rattling Wall, The Normal School, and the anthologies Choose Wisely (Upper Rubber Boot Books) and Exigencies (Darkhouse Press). She runs the daily operations of Makara and continues to write and manage grants for a nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness in Orange County.
A 2008 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow, Marytza focused on improving her fiction while gaining experience and knowledge managing a specialized fashion library for the OTIS College of Art & Design in Los Angeles. Scholarships to attend the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and VONA soon followed, giving Marytza the opportunity to fine-tune her stories and explore a wide variety of literary interests and influences. Marytza earned her MFA in Creative Writing: Latin America in 2016. Attending residencies in Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, and Santiago provided opportunities to read unique and unconventional books in Spanish and Portuguese, and engage with innovative styles of music and art, reigniting her vision for a specialized library & art center in her hometown.
Hilary Holley, Treasurer
Hilary Holley is a Librarian at Oceanside Public Library, where she contributes to community programming, collection development, and reference services. She also has extensive project management experience in the fields of archives and special collections, library preservation, and nonprofit arts administration. She holds an MLIS from UCLA and a BA in Art History and English from Pitzer College.
Davin Malasarn, Secretary
Davin Malasarn combines a background in biological research and creative writing to advance the arts, science, and technology. He is a lead writer for Development at the California Institute of Technology and previously served as Director of External Affairs at the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization and Senior Writer at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute. He is the recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Chateaubriand Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the PEN America Emerging Voices fellowship.
Cheryl A. Eberly, Board Member
Cheryl A. Eberly is the Principal Librarian for the Young Adult and Volunteer Services at the Santa Ana Public Library. She is the responsible for the creation and development of the 2014 National Arts and Humanities award winning TeenSpace Circle of Mentoring Project. She has over 15 years of experience in engaging youth and emerging adults via a targeted mentorship approach to civic engagement and youth workforce development via the various mentorship based programs at the library like the Teen Community Historians, Youth Health Ambassadors, and Seeds to Trees Digital Media Technology Institute Program at Santa Ana Public Library.
She is the Project Director for the Memories of Migration Project. It is a three-year, library-based community memory program funded by the Federal Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to build community connections and cultural heritage collections through documenting the stories of migration in America. Partners for the project are Historypin, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, Queens Library, West Hartford Public Library and REFORMA. She is also the project Director for the “Youth Know CS” project which is an ALA “ Libraries Ready to Code” sponsored program.
Manny Escamilla, Board Member
Manny Escamilla grew up at the McFadden Public Library and Jerome Recreation Center in central Santa Ana. He began working for the Santa Ana Public Library in 2004 as part of the White House Award winning TeenSpace program. In 2014 he was recognized by Library Journal for his work with the Teen Community Historian program to collect, preserve, and share local history. Manny served as a City representative on the Santa Ana Arts & Cultural Master Plan and remains on staff in the City of Santa Ana’s Planning Department. He volunteers as a consultant to local artists incorporating historical themes and site specific considerations across the city. Manny has received a BA in History from UC Berkeley, a Masters in Library & Information Science from UCLA and is currently working on Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. You can also find him working on analog light shows, painting things gold, and spinning metal records. @full_metal_archivist
Lilliam Rivera, Board Member
Lilliam Rivera is the author of the young adult novel, THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ. She is a 2016 Pushcart Prize winner and a 2015 Clarion alumni. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Los Angeles Times, Latina, USA Today, Bellevue Literary Review, among others. Lilliam is also the host of Literary Soundtrack, a monthly literary radio show on RadioSombra.org. Past guests have included authors Laila Lalami, Mat Johnson, Victor LaValle, and Sonia Manzano.