Our People

Martha L. Barrón (Editor)

Martha (pen name Chiquis Barrón) was born in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico and raised in Nogales, Arizona. She has worked in behavioral and medical research with the University of Arizona in the fields of Psychology, Psychiatry, Women’s Studies and Infectious Diseases. Her interests lie in observing cultural influences that impact racial and gender health disparities.  Chiquis’ work in academia is closely tied to and inspires the themes in her creative works. She has received creative writing grants from the American Association of University Women, Fundación Valparaíso (Mojácar, Almería, Spain), and Vermont Studio Center. Her self-published novel, Café Dulcet, received two awards in the 13th Annual International Latino Book Awards. She is also author of the motivational gift book Good Things for a Young Woman’s Spirit (published in English and Spanish) and creator and editor of Art Motif Magazine.


Isabella Barrón (Writer and Creative Youth Liaison)

Isabella is a first-year Journalism student at the University of Arizona. She is a 2018 graduate of Nogales High School in Nogales, Arizona where she wrote for the student-run newspaper The WarCry. Isabella is also interested in creative writing, specifically personal essays and short stories. She is interested in using her journalistic and creative voice to empower young people and raise awareness about various social justice issues including gender, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic equality. Isabella has joined Art Motif Magazine as a writer and liaison for young artists interested in showcasing their work.