Kristen Simental is an emerging LatinX author born in East Los Angeles and raised in the struggling rural outskirts of Oxnard.
Kristen tackled her world with curiosity, passion and defiance. Her favorite escape from a grim home life was telling stories to her siblings. More than once, Kristen’s intensity landed her in hot water with school officials who expected her to toe the line, keep her head down and target a career in retail or health services. But her muses kept calling, and at age eighteen she left Oxnard and fled to the LA music scene.
Without the benefit of formal college or literary training, and with family pressuring her to settle down and start a family, Kristen pushed forward. She started one of the first independent online music sites, Dark Culture Magazine, which generated interviews, articles and reviews of the nascent LA Goth underworld. Both editor and principal author, Dark Culture’s direct and insightful writing earned a loyal audience.
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