I am a queer Afro-Caribbean mother, poet, writer, performer, cultural worker, and educator, born in Puerto Rico, who currently resides in Cambridge, MA. My projects revolve around origin, gender, race, class, longing, loss, affective labor, and the visibility of marginalized subjects. In 2019 I became a Brother Thomas Fellow.
I'm the co-founder, curator, and coordinator of the multi-disciplinary artist performance series Poetry Is Busy, a project that has been supported by the Cambridge Arts Council, Kindle Project LLC and Municipio de San Juan and has been presented in the United States at the Democracy Center, in Cambridge, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts Gallery and the Boston Book Festival's Lit Crawl, in Boston, and Middlebury College in Vermont as well as multiple venues in Puerto Rico including the Museum of Contemporary Art. Poetry Is Busy gathers artists across disciplines (such as musicians, writers, performers, visual and audiovisual artists) and centers cis, trans, and gender nonconforming women and femmes, and/or People of Color of various origins and indigenous folks, who are not usually given the space to perform our art.
I'm the author of five poetry books: Hacernos el adiós (Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, 2019), Acentos espesos/Thick Accents (Taller Mujer Orquesta, 2018, recipient of the New England Foundation for the Arts' Creative City 2018 grant); Cielo Riel (Ediciones Alayubia, 2017); Época Opaca (Atarraya Cartonera, 2015); and El Mundo No Es Otra Cosa/The World Is None Other (La Secta de los Perros Editores, 2014). Most recently, my work has been published in the anthologies Puerto Rico en mi corazón (Anomalous Press, 2018) and Isla Escrita: Antología de la Poesía de Cuba, Puerto Rico y República Dominicana (Amargord Ediciones, 2018).
As an educator, I offer creative writing workshops with GrubStreet in the Boston Public Libraries, as well as private Spanish language classes, to a wide audience (ages 5 to 70).