Meliza Bañales aka Missy Fuego is the author of Say It With Your Whole Mouth (poems, Monkey Press) and has work in Without A Net: The Female Experience of Growing-Up Working Class (edited by Michelle Tea), Baby, Remember My Name: New Queer Girl Writing (edited by Michelle Tea), The Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Change, Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders of the Spoken-Word Movement (edited by Alix Olson), Lodestar Quarterly and Ladybox Books. She was the first Chicana/Latina on the west coast to win a poetry slam championship in 2002, has toured with Sister Spit and Body Heat, and gained national recognition for her appearances on NPR and The Lesbian Podcast. Her short film with J Aguilar entitled “Getting Off” won the Jury Award at TG Fest: The Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival in 2011. Her second book, a work of fiction titled Life Is Wonderful, People Are Terrific, will be out in June 2015 on Ladybox Books an imprint of Broken River Books. She has a spoken-word album, And Now Introducing Missy Fuego, expected to be released on Crunks Not Dead Records in 2015. She is a community builder with Con Fuerza Collective, a radical, Xicana Feminist collective in the heart of East LA. She lives in Los Angeles.