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Sydney Valerio

New York City

Poetry in English

I’m a poet whose voice takes creative non-fiction, prose, screenplay, sci-fi or visual shape. I enjoy blending genres and allowing my writing to navigate the lines that define those borders. Born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx, I teach high school English in a suburb of the city and am simultaneously working on my MFA degree at City College, which is located in the neighborhood my Dominican family first called home in the United States in the 1960s. I have a B.A. in Literature & Communications from Pace University and an M.A. in Technology & Education from Columbia University. I began to write poetry after several educational research institutes at Yale, which led me to understand the need to capture socio-cultural and environmental realities through poetry and stories instead of writing solely with an academic voice. As a result, I wrote and produced a one-woman show called Matters that debuted at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe on the Lower East Side. My poetry has been featured in several print works, including Mujeres: the Magic, the Movement, & the Muse, Harvard’s Palabritas, The Acentos Review and the 2020 BreakBeat Poets vol. 4: LatiNEXT anthology. In 2019, I received a BRIO Award in Poetry from the Bronx Council on the Arts. I visit my elders in the Dominican Republic as much as I can and believe that my two teenage daughters are the source of all the joy and light you will find in my poetry.

Sydney Valerio - Under The Volcano