Tuxedo Staff

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”
Master Oogway

Rick Ramirez


Rick Ramirez is a second-year student at Dominican University of California pursuing an education within the realm of English. He was born and raised in San Jose, California and is a guy who listens to a lot of music, loves to read too many comic books and likes watching too many movies for his own good. He enjoys reading and writing stories (both fiction and non-fiction), critical analyses, screenplays, and poetry; along with spending time with family, friends, his dog- Scooter, and other important figures in his life.

                                                                                                            Erika Johnson


Erika is a transfer student, and excited to be at Dominican University of California! She is even more excited to be roped on to the Tuxedo staff! With a plan to study English with a Creative Writing focus, she is an artist as well as a writer. When she is not doing either of those things, this wild creature can also be found crafting, sewing, and obsessing over mythology.

Camille Bernt


Camille Bernt is currently completing her senior year at Dominican University of California, where she is majoring in English with a Cultural Studies emphasis. She is a Northern California native, and has lived most of her life in San Francisco and Marin County.  Literature is her great love in life, though she does share her affections with music and art. During her free time, she enjoys dabbling in music and creative writing, expanding her record collection and finding new and exciting places to sit and read.

Joan Baranow

Joan Baranow - DU photo

Joan Baranow is Professor of English at Dominican University of CA. Her poetry has appeared in The Paris Review, The Gettysburg Review, Nostos, and elsewhere. In the Next Life (Poetic Matrix Press 2019) is her fourth book of poems. She produced and co-edited the PBS documentary Healing Words: Poetry & Medicine. Her current documentary, The Time We Have, is an intimate portrait of a teenager facing terminal illness.