Born and raised in Miami, I am a scholar, poet, and educator currently completing a doctoral degree in Comparative Literature and pursuing teaching jobs that combine my skills in literary and visual studies and creative writing. As a 2022-23 American Dissertation Fellow, I am completing my dissertation research with support from the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
As part of my commitment to supporting writers both inside and outside the academy, I have dedicated much of my career to writing center tutoring and administration, nonprofit work that amplifies unheard voices, and serving on the staff of several literary journals. I hold a dual-degree in Writing (M.F.A.) and Visual & Critical Studies (M.A.) from California College of the Arts, where I focused on poetry and Cuban visual culture. I am also a proud graduate of New College of Florida, where I received my B.A. in Literature and Spanish.
My research focuses on Caribbean literature and visual culture, with a special emphasis on Cuba and its diaspora. I also teach college-level courses related to my broader interests in Latin American and Latinx literature, performance studies, postcolonial and decolonial theory, feminist and queer theory, and trauma and memory studies. My critical writing on the Cuban balseros has been featured in the Smithsonian Learning Lab, and my pedagogical work on Caribbean landscapes appears in the National Humanities Center‘s digital library for educators.
My poetry chapbook, Flight, is available from Volumes Volumes, and you can find more of my poems and other writings in Denver Quarterly, VOLT, Art Practical, Jai-Alai Magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, and sx salon.