Dini McCullough is a Mexican-American lawyer and writer raised in Texas and Montgomery County, Maryland. In addition to founding the Writer's Loft, she's also the founding editor and publisher of Origins Journal, a literary magazine that examines the art of narrative through the lens of identity. Her poems, essays, and short stories have appeared in several literary journals, including The Más Tequila Review, Kweli Journal, Bartleby Snopes, The Butter, Literal Magazine and PANK. Her short fiction is anthologized in Abundant Grace (Paycock Press, November 2016), and her story "Amalia on the Border" was a finalist in The Texas Observer's 2013 Short Story Contest. In April 2017, her story "Elsa & Segundo" placed second in the annual Bethesda Magazine Short Story Contest. She is also the recipient of a 2016 and a 2018 Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County Individual Artist Award.

Entrevista: An insightful reach into the writing of Dini Karasik, LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands, May 10, 2017

Red Mother Sun, An Interview by Jen Givhan

Stories & Essays:
“Letter to a Lawyer,” LareDos, A Journal of the Borderlands

“Elsa & Segundo,” Bethesda Magazine 2017 Short Story Contest, Second Place

“Ghosting on the Rio Grande,” Abundant Grace: The Seventh Collection of Fiction by D.C. Area Women, edited by Richard Peabody, Paycock Press 2016

“Amalia on the Border” The Texas Observer, 2013 Short Story Contest Finalist

“A Country Called My Mother,” The Butter

“The Getaway,” Sixers Review

“The Closing,” Wild Quarterly

“Span of a Second,” Mary: A Journal of New Writing

“Aftermath,” Red Savina Review

“Motherlandia,” Bartleby Snopes

“You and the Government Cheese,” “estrangement,” Zombie Logic Review

“Jah Works in the Rothko Chapel,” Crack the Spine, Issue 47

“Why I Cried in a Roomful of Poets,” “Cucarachas,” The Más Tequila Review, Issue 6

“Borderline,” Kweli Journal 


Cynthia Carranza is passionate about art, culture and people. With a fifteen-year background in corporate development and human resources, she now works as a consultant to such groups as Culinarian Expeditions and the Writer’s Loft of Kensington, planning all aspects of culinary tours and the Solana Writer’s Retreat, respectively. She has an MBA from the Universidad Tecnológica de México and lives in Mexico City.
Fluent in English and Spanish.