Teena Apeles is a writer and editor who has more than a decade of experience in print and online media. She enjoys covering subcultures and unsung heroes and she has also written extensively on art, music, design, lifestyles, history and travel. Over the course of her career she has interviewed more than 200 people, from renowned chef Joachim Splichal and artist Mark Ryden to writer Joy Kogawa and Oscar winner Christoph Waltz.
Apeles is the author of the nonfiction book Women Warriors: Adventures from History’s Greatest Female Fighters (Seal Press), which features women warriors of ancient mythology as well as modern women who grace today’s playing fields, screens, comic books and political arenas. Her work has also appeared in the anthologies DIRT: The Quirks, Habits and Passions of Keeping House (Seal Press), Father Poems (Anvil), Bare Your Soul: The Thinking Girl’s Guide to Enlightenment (Seal Press) and Geography of Rage: Remembering the Los Angeles Riots of 1992 (Really Great Books).
She is especially proud of publishing the unique collection The Deck of Chance (Spin the Wheel Press), which she edited with writer Andrea Richards. Praised by Art on Paper magazine as “urban impressionism,” the deck of playing cards explores accident, fortune, luck and the haphazard through poetry, short stories, commentary and artwork by 34 emerging writers and artists.
Apeles is currently working on a graphic novel set in Los Angeles’s gritty MacArthur Park and a children’s book set in a wondrous place where hair, or the lack thereof, brings people together.