AJ Urquidi hails from Monterey, California. He received his bachelors in Creative Writing and Film from UCLA, then studied poetry in the NYC streets. AJ’s poems have appeared repeatedly in Westwind, Bird’s Thumb, autolycus, CIRCLE, and other journals, and have been anthologized in L.A. Telephone Book, Lummox, and Carnival. His first book of conceptual writing is The Patterned Fragment (89plus/LUMA Foundation 2014). AJ is currently a M.F.A. candidate and teaching assistant at Cal State University, Long Beach.