Born in Manhattan a while ago, Deirdre Mendoza writes about culture, travel, entertainment, and women in the arts. She’s been a staff writer and a West Coast editor, for publications including:  Miami New Times Daily Variety, InStyleWomen’s Wear Daily, The L.A. Weekly, and The Los Angeles Times.

Her screenplays and digital series (Dogged) have been in competition at Sundance New Voices Lab, The Austin Film Festival, and other national festivals. Her essays and short fiction have earned honorable mention and awards in journals such as California Federation of Teachers and The Adirondack Review.

Deirdre earned a B.A. from Hampshire College, an M.F.A. from Antioch University, L.A., and studied screenwriting at UCLA’s school of Film, Theatre and Television.

She currently teaches writing at SoCal colleges and universities. Deirdre is  a dog lover and the proud mama of two outstanding people.