About Us

“Just give me information. Give me information. Tell me everything. Come see me on the phone ring. Just give me the headphones, turn up everything.”-Francis and the Lights

Headphones surrounding a microphone.

Initially, it seemed quite tempting to do nothing. The idea of binge watching the latest streaming service in one’s sweats until May frankly felt delightful. Fortunately, I have been the product of brilliant educators and administrators who have not gone gentle into that good night. This electric castle honors those before me who made sure that their students had the opportunity to pursue creative outlets during uncertain times. During this time of the unknown, it is of implicit importance that the Renegades of today have a voice, a sanctuary in the storm. Dear reader, I hope you find that here. Dear writer, I hope you bring your dreams here.

Featured Writer: Deanne Stillman

Deanne Stillman has written several acclaimed books of literary nonfiction and her plays have been produced in festivals around the country. Her latest book is Blood Brothers (Simon Schuster), which received a starred review in Kirkus, was excerpted in Newsweek, won the 2018 Ohioana Book Award for nonfiction, and appears on several “best of the year” lists, including True West Magazine’s. Her other books include Desert Reckoning, based on a Rolling Stone piece, winner of the Spur and LA Press Club awards, a Southwest Book of the Year, an amazon editors pick, recipient of rave reviews in Newsweek and elsewhere, currently under option for film; Twentynine Palms, an LA Times bestseller and “best book of the year” that Hunter Thompson called “A strange and brilliant story by an important American writer,” and Mustang, an LA Times “best book of the year,” recipient of rave reviews from the Atlantic to the Economist, now available in audio with Anjelica Huston, Frances Fisher and John Densmore.

Her essays have appeared in the NY TimesLA TimesTin HouseHigh Country News, the LA Review of Books (where she is a columnist), and elsewhere, and her work is widely anthologized.  She’s a member of the core faculty at the UC Riverside-Palm Desert MFA Low Residency Creative Writing Program. For more, see www.deannestillman.com and https://www.facebook.com/Deanne-Stillman-289735591231/; @deannestillman2 on Twitter.

Graphic Artist: Castle Logo

Woman with mohawk and her cat.

Margaret Haggard is a Bakersfield College alumnus who currently lives in Bakersfield, CA. She found her artistic streak at age fourteen. She enjoys photography, graphic design,comedy, and acting. You can find out more on her website, http://MargaretHaggard.com

Creator: Castle in the Storm

Lady in black and white.

Kaitlin Hulsy is an adjunct faculty member at both Bakersfield College and Cal State University, Bakersfield. She is an alumnus of Bakersfield College. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in English with a specialization in Literature in the Culture of Information from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside. Her flash fiction has been featured in Storyland Literary Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, and in Bakersfield College’s online publication, The Grapevine. In April 2019, she opened her own publishing and political consulting business-Jem Rose Consulting. When she’s not working, she’s playing in the snow with the love of her life and their fur son in Tehachapi. She hopes you find calm in this electronic space.

Music Video. Francis and the Lights-See Her Out(That’s Just Life). Song used with express permission from the artist.
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