the all-volunteer team of lgbtq+ people of color who bring this platform to you


Editorial Staff

Chief Esparza, Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Niq D Johnson, PhD, Managing Editor, Cover Story

Mark Oshiro, Fiction Editor


Support Staff

Nic Perales, Social Media Manager

Sean-Paul Rocero, Digital Art


Chief Esparza, Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Latinx/Chicanx, Gay, He/Him


Chief is the product of two teenage, working class parents and among the first of his extended family of over 100 Mexican descendants to attend college (Bachelor's in Political Science, UC Santa Barbara).

As the head of the EFNIKS platform, maps out and coordinates the backend operations, outreach and recruiting, sets the tone and voice for the space, and  manages funding and donations for the space. 

Having always steered toward politics and social issues, Chief credits his immigrant grandmother's personal brand of Catholicism for instilling a "do good works, with open arms" approach to living, and his mother for her boundless empathy for those less fortunate; Chief's father taught him to persevere and to hold true to his heart. 



Niq D Johnson, Managing Editor, Cover Story

Black, Queer, They/S.H.E.


Dr. Niq D. Johnson is a queer ace non-binary from Washington, DC now residing in Pittsburgh, PA. They have a MA & PhD in Communication & Rhetoric from University of Pittsburgh and a BA in English & GSWS from Emory University. They are a scholar, academic career consultant, editor, and lifelong community organizer.

After successfully steering the BLACK Cover Story in February for EFNIKS, Niq was named the Managing Editor, Cover Story for all collections going forward. In their guidance and feedback, Niq has elevated the platform to another level of thoughtful representation and community-building for the QTPoC family. 

Outside of work, they volunteer as a co-coordinator for PGH Versatile PhD/Scholars-at-Large and freelance in D&I consulting. They get nerdy about POC fandom communities, YA & SFF literature, indie publishing, historical archives, basically all things bookish.


Mark Oshiro, Fiction Editor

Latinx, Queer, He/Him

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Mark Oshiro is the Hugo finalist (in the Fan Writer category) creator of the online Mark Does Stuff universe (Mark Reads and Mark Watches), where he analyzes book and television series unspoiled. He was the nonfiction editor of Queers Destroy Science Fiction! and the co-editor of Speculative Fiction 2015 with Foz Meadows. He is the President of the Con or BustBoard of Directors. His first novel, Anger is a Gift, is a YA contemporary about queer friendship, love, and fighting police brutality. It will be released on 5/22/2018 with Tor Teen. When he is not writing, crying on camera about fictional characters, or ruining lives at conventions, he is busy trying to fulfill his lifelong goal: to pet every dog in the world.

Mark is represented by DongWon Song of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. Mark's publicist at Tor Teen is Saraciea Fennel, and they can be reached at saraciea.fennel at tor dot com.  If you are interested in Mark's services as a sensitivity reader for your project, please see his entry in the Writing in the Margins database for qualifications before contacting him.


Nic Perales, Social Media Manager

Filipinx, Lesbian, She/Her

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Nic has been with EFNIKS since our April 2017 launch, first as an interested contributor and joining the team as Community Manager the following summer to promote social media engagement, develop campaigns and content, and increase our outreach on all of our social media channels. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Web Design and New Media from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Nic currently juggles managing a restaurant in the South Bay area of Northern California, doing social media management for a Cal State University sports program, helps out with her family’s non-profit organization. 

She’s a proud dog mama and when not working she’s usually planning or en route on an adventure/road trip, cooking up some food for her fam and friends, or catching up on her favorite tv shows.

We are looking to expand our team of volunteers.

EFNIKS is looking for event planners, community organizers, fundraising specialists, video producers and editors, podcasters, designers, copy editors, and so much more so we can build this space.

Send us a note: info@efniks.com