Ayn Imperato is a Long Beach fiction and nonfiction writer. She writes edgy urban-based stories revealing experiences and characters on the fringe. Originally from San Francisco, she is the author of Dirty Money and Other Stories (Manic D Press), and her work was published in underground magazines--Razorcake, Maximum RNR, Punk Planet and The District--for over a decade. Her work has also appeared in Rip Rap (CSULB), Punch and Pie (Gorsky Press) and Signs of Life (Manic D Press). Ayn has performed as a featured reader at numerous venues in San Francisco and Long Beach, including The Paradise Lounge, The Chameleon, Vermin on the Mount, Koo's Art Center and Viento Y Agua. She received her MFA in Creative Writing at California State University, Long Beach, during which her writing received the Isabelle McCaffrey Horn Scholarship award (CSULB).