New York, New York / San Juan, Puerto Rico
I’m a diasporican poet & translator, editor & essayist, scholar-in-training & amateur dancer. I write poems about matrilineal magic, disappointing landscapes, and the political potential of narcissism. I’m the happy recipient of poetry fellowships from CantoMundo, the MacDowell Colony (2014 & 2017) , and Bread Loaf . I also love spending time inside the words of others: I won Gulf Coast’s 2016 Prize in Translation and a fellowship from the BANFF Centre for Literary Translation for my translations of the Puerto Rican poet Marigloria Palma. I’m active in the Puerto Rican literary community, collaborating with Raquel Salas Rivera, Ricardo Maldonado, and Erica Mena on an anthology of contemporary Puerto Rican poetry to raise funds for hurricane relief entitled Puerto Rico en mi corazón. Recently I’ve been cheating on poetry with prose, and my critical and personal essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine , the Los Angeles Review of Books , Lit Hub , and the New Yorker online , and elsewhere, always elsewhere. Right now, I’m on leave from my doctoral program at Columbia to write my first book, a psychogeography of Puerto Rican culture, forthcoming from Riverhead and tentatively titled No es nada: Notes from the Other Island .