South Valley is Hawthorn's first book. She was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to the South Valley, Albuquerque NM when she was 3yrs. She is bilingual and volunteers at La Plazita Institute which provides gang intervention resources. She is in 9th grade, plays basketball, competes on the high school mock trial team and loves to draw. She has pride in her heritage of Jicarilla Apache, Mexicah and Chichimeca.
Mike 360, from Albuquerque, New Mexico is a public artist, poet, farmer and musician. He is a student of grand master aerosol artists Phase 2, Coco 144 and Vulcan. Mike’s poetry was featured at the Nuyorican Poetry Café in New York City and on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. Mike has also lead the “Machu Picchu del Barrio” community garden in Albuquerque’s South Broadway neighborhood.