Dena Rod is a writer, editor, and poet based in the Bay Area. A graduate of San Francisco State University, they have a M.A. in English Literature. They run the RADAR Productions weblog and are the Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editor at homology lit, and the former Managing Editor of Argot Literary Magazine, a Webby-nominated queer non-profit with a mission to highlight and sponsor LGBQTIAA+ perspectives and art across the globe. They were selected for RADAR Productions’ Show Us Your Spines Residency, Kearny Street Workshop’s Interdisciplinary Writer’s Lab, and Winter Tangerine’s Summer Writer’s Workshop. Through creative nonfiction essays and poetry, Dena works to illuminate their diasporic experiences of Iranian American heritage and queer identity, combating negative stereotypes of their intersecting identities in the mainstream media.