My work in various disciplines has to do with the value and complexity of ordinary lives, popular cultural forms (i.e. supermarkets, fotonovelas, duplexes), and the impact of broad cultural and social forces on private life experience. I also make visual art and multidisciplinary projects. These include collages, drawings, zines, installations, collaborations with artists in other disciplines, artists’ publications, and photographs. Since 1998 my practice has included collaborating, curating, facilitating and teaching in many settings: community organizations, art museums, a public library system, an arts education program, a prison arts program, public schools, public housing projects, a university and a migrant farmworker community. I work with people of all ages to tell stories that matter to a particular community, organize exhibitions and arts/cultural events, learn new writing processes, make art and media projects and more.
I started writing fiction seriously after my dad died of a heart attack and complications from alcoholism. He came to Miami from Cuba as an Operation Pedro Pan kid. A lot of my fiction comes out of those experiences and family stories.
All of this informs the way I teach writing. I use art, film, a range of literary forms, and collaborative projects to help students become keen observers and understand their writing and experiences in a broader context.
BIO: Denise Delgado is a recent Miami expat and Boston-based writer, artist and curator. Her fiction and critical work have appeared on NPR station WLRN; in Hinchas de Poesía, Inch, Dossier, the Cent Journal Series, the Selected Collective: Poetry, Prose and Projects from the Miami Poetry Collective, Jai-Alai Magazine, Fiction Writers Review, the monograph for Frances Trombly: Paintings; and Tigertail, A South Florida Annual: Florida Flash, among others. Since 2010 she has organized the Free School for Writing, conceived as a collapsible, modular, itinerant classroom for free writing classes, workshops, and collaborative experiments.Delgado has read, exhibited and performed her multidisciplinary work at events, museums, galleries and other venues throughout the U.S. Her arts practice includes teaching, residencies, and community projects with arts organizations, libraries, schools, community centers, prisons, and museums. She is the recipient of grants from Alternate ROOTS/The Ford Foundation, Tigertail Productions' Artist Access Program, and Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. She was Writer-in-Residence at Girls' Club, an exhibition space and foundation dedicated to women in contemporary art and a Fellow in the Honors College of Florida International Unversity, Miami. From 2005-2013 Delgado worked with the Miami-Dade Public Library System as Curator in charge of its permanent art collection and exhibitions program and later managing the library system’s Vasari Project, an archive documenting Miami's art history. From 2000-2003 she was Curator of New Media for the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, FL. She received a BHA in Art and Applied Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, an MA in Media Studies from The New School, an MFA in fiction from Warren Wilson College.