Hello there. My name is Joseph Avila, I'm 22 and I'm a writer from Indio, CA. I'm a little bit more than ten weeks away from receiving my B.A.s in English and Creative Writing from the University of California - Riverside. I was raised devoutly evangelical christian but as I got older I decided to reorient my pursuits. I identify as Chicano and have roots that extend into Mexico, the Philippines, France, Ireland, and Spain. I usually write fiction, specifically magical realism but have put considerable effort into non-fiction this past year. Topics I usually like to play around with include: race/ethnicity, Mexican-American folklore, drugs, history, time, religion, culture, media, conspiracy theories, education, politics, colonialism, postmodernism, spirituality. I look forward to interacting with you all and hearing your stories.