This website is edited by Roel Concepcion – writer, voyager, and chief wordsling explorer.

Who is Roel Concepcion?

Roel was born in the Philippines in 1979. He was raised in a small home in Metro Manila until 1985 when he left with his mother for L.A., a voyage taken with hopes and dreams charging forward at the helm.

They settled in the city of Long Beach and lived in an apartment complex on the corner of 25th Street and Elm Avenue, where they were immediately exposed to the perils of inner city life. It was in this part of Eastside Long Beach where they endured the daily theater of gang and racial warfare, and were witness to levels of despair that showcased in plain sight the disparity between the black and brown peoples of America and their counterpart, them.

With Long Beach forever seared into the inner walls of his heart and mind, Roel uses those experiences living in the LBC drive his art today. The words he writes often hearken back to that corner and those streets and those people.

Roel is now a husband, a father of two toddlers, and an advocate for all arts, media, and otherwise produced by peoples of color. He dreams of a new catalog of cinema and new shelves of literature that feature prominently faces that are similar to those he grew up with in both Manila and Long Beach.

Professional Experience

Roel received his A.A. degree in Liberal Arts from Long Beach City College and his B.A. degree in English from the University of California, Riverside.

His works of fiction can be found inside the Tahoma Literary Review and the Santa Ana River Review. In 2018, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Roel is also a social media and content marketing professional, who has worked as a creative director, content chief, and content producer for companies like Under Armour, Red Bull, and CBS Television. 

He can be found @wordsling on both Twitter and Instagram.