I am a Black Dominicana, poet, stationary addict, food pornographer, and scholar. I was born and raised Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. Raised by the grace of a single immigrant Dominican mother from Bonao–a place where I spent my summers as a child and would later be an important site for the imagination of my creative as well as academic work. Both my creative writing and scholarly writing engage with the experiences of transnational Dominican women, black womanhood, and AfroLatinidad.
My current book project tentatively titled, AfroLatina (Trance)formations: Poetics of Black Embodied Archives and Feminist Epistemologies engages the theoretical formation of AfroLatina feminist epistemologies through an analysis of transnational Dominican women’s narratives in literature, performance, and social media. As a spoken-word poet I fuse my poetry with my scholarly work as a way of contributing to a new black poetic approach to scholarship and literary criticism. I am in the process of developing my first poetry chap book about what it means to be AfroLatinx/Dominican, the praxis of Black Feminisms, intimacy, and forgiveness.
I earned my undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago, an M.A. in African and African Diaspora Studies, as well as a PhD in Latin American Literatures and Cultures from the University of Texas at Austin. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Latin American and Latinx Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Kansas.