LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs - Keynote Speaker
A writer, vocalist and performance/sound artist, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of TwERK (Belladonna, 2013). Diggs has presented and performed at California Institute of the Arts, El Museo del Barrio, The Museum of Modern Art, and Walker Art Center and at festivals including: Explore the North Festival, Leeuwarden, Netherlands; Hekayeh Festival, Abu Dhabi; International Poetry Festival of Copenhagen; Ocean Space, Venice; International Poetry Festival of Romania; Question of Will, Slovakia; Poesiefestival, Berlin; and the 2015 Venice Biennale. As an independent curator, artistic director, and producer, Diggs has presented events for BAMCafé, Black Rock Coalition, El Museo del Barrio, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and the David Rubenstein Atrium. Diggs has received a 2020 C.D. Wright Award for Poetry from the Foundation of Contemporary Art, a Whiting Award (2016) and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship (2015), as well as grants and fellowships from the Howard Foundation, Cave Canem, Creative Capital, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission, among others. She lives in Harlem.
Brenda Cárdenas - Faculty
Brenda Cárdenas’ books and chapbooks include Boomerang (Bilingual Press); Bread of the Earth/The Last Colors with Roberto Harrison; Achiote Seeds/Semillas de Achiote with Cristina García, Emmy Pérez, and Gabriela Erandi Rico; and From the Tongues of Brick and Stone (Momotombo Press).
She also co-edited Resist Much/Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance (Spuyten Duyvil Press) and Between the Heart and the Land: Latina Poets in the Midwest (MARCH/Abrazo Press). Cárdenas’ work has appeared or is forthcoming in POETRY, Latino Poetics: The Art of Poetry, Grabbed: Take Back the Narrative, Through This Door: Wisconsin in Poems, Court Green, Ghost Fishing: An Eco Justice Anthology, City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness, The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, and many others. Cárdenas has served as Milwaukee’s Poet Laureate, co-taught the inaugural workshop for Letras Latina’s Pintura:Palabra: A Project in Ekphrasis, and is Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Urayoán Noel - Faculty
Urayoán Noel is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico and Transversal, both with the University of Arizona Press. He has also published the critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (University of Iowa Press), winner of the LASA Latino Studies Section Book Prize.
Noel is a translator for The Puerto Rican Literature Project, and he has been a finalist for the National Translation Award and the Best Translated Book Award for his translations of Latin American poetry, which include Wingston González's No Budu Please (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018). His international performances include Poesiefestival Berlin, Barcelona Poesia, and the Toronto Biennial of Art, and his poetry has been exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York, the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, and Taller Boricua. Originally from Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Urayoán Noel lives in the Bronx and teaches at New York University.
2021 retreat participants
Kimberly Reyes is a poet, essayist, and the author of three books: Warning Coloration (dancing girl press 2018), Life During Wartime (Fourteen Hills, 2018), and Running to Stand Still (Omnidawn, 2019). Her work is featured in various international outlets, and she spends her time between Ireland, San Francisco and NYC. Kimberly Reyes writes mostly about identity, ecology, sexuality, and her obsessions with the New York Mets, Duran Duran, and Cillian Murphy. @kimerama
Ricardo Alberto Maldonado is the author of the Life Assignment and a member of el Proyecto de la literatura puertorriqueña. Twitter: @bookswimming / Instagram: @ricarditomaldonado https://fourwaybooks.com/site/the-life-assignment-by-ricardo-alberto-maldonado/
Leslie Sainz is a first generation Cuban American, born in Miami, Florida. A 2019 National Poetry Series Finalist, her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from New England Review, Kenyon Review Online, AGNI, and others. She is the recipient of a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship. Twitter & Instagram: @lesannsai
Vickie Vértiz is from southeast Los Angeles. Her writing can be read in the New York Times magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her book Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut won a 2018 PEN America literary poetry prize. Vickie teaches at UC-Santa Barbara. IG: @vickievertiz, TW: vickievertiz
Amy M. Alvarez is an Afro-Latinx poet. Her poetry has appeared in Crazyhorse, The Missouri Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, PRISM international, Rattle, Sugar House Review, literary anthologies, and textbooks. Originally from New York City, Amy now lives in Morgantown, WV and teaches at West Virginia University. https://www.facebook.com/alvarez.amy
Sebastián Hasani Páramo, a former Dobie Paisano Fellow, has work forthcoming in Waxwing, Bennington Review, New South, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, and elsewhere. He is the founding editor of The Boiler, Poetry Editor for Deep Vellum, and a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Austin College. Twitter: @sebastianparamo; Instagram: elboiler_engineer
Oliver Baez Bendorf works with language to imagine new possibilities for gender and nature. He is the author of two books, most recently Advantages of Being Evergreen. A 2021 NEA Fellow in Poetry and the 2020 Berzon Emerging Writer from The Publishing Triangle, he was born and raised in Iowa. instagram: @oliverbaezbendorf / twitter: @queerpoetics
Jasminne Mendez is a Dominican-American poet, playwright, and essayist. She is the author of two poetry/prose collections Island of Dreams(Floricanto Press, 2013) and Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays and Poetry(Arte Publico Press, 2018). Her debut poetry collection Machete (Noemi Press) is forthcoming in 2022. @jasminnemendez (Twitter and IG)
Emma Trelles is the daughter of Cuban immigrants and author of Tropicalia— winner of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. She’s writing a second book of poems, Courage and the Clock. She teaches at Santa Barbara City College, curates the Mission Poetry Series, and is Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara. emmatrelles @ Insta and FB
Dan Vera's an award-winning first-generation, borderlands-born Queer-Tejano Latinx poet, writer, editor, and literary historian of Cuban/Caribbean ancestry. His poetry appears in various journals, anthologies, and academic curricula. The long-time chair of Split This Rock Poetry, he serves on the board of the AWP. @danvera twitter @danveradc Instagram
Maritza N. Estrada was born in Toppenish, Washington, to Mexican parents, and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Arizona State University. Her work can be found in The Offing, Pidgeonholes, Blue Mesa Review, Río Grande Review. Twitter & Instagram: @maritzanestrada
Reyes Ramirez is a Houstonian of Mexican and Salvadoran descent. He is a 2020 CantoMundo Fellow. Reyes’s collection of short stories The Book of Wanderers will be published by University of Arizona Press’ Camino Del Sol series in early 2022. Read his work at reyesvramirez.com. instagram: @nisabes ; twitter: @y_si_rey_quiere
Florencia Milito is a writer and translator based in San Francisco. Her work has been influenced by her early experience fleeing Argentina’s 1976 coup, childhood in Venezuela, and immigration to the United States. Her bilingual collection Ituzaingó: Exiles and Reveries / exilios y ensueños was published in 2021 by Nomadic Press. Facebook (Florencia Milito)
Aerik Francis is a Queer Black & Latinx poet & teaching artist born & based in Denver, Colorado, USA. They are a CantoMundista, a The Watering Hole fellow, reader for Underblong poetry journal, and host Slam Nuba's monthly show in Denver. IG/TW @phaentompoet
Yvette Siegert is a poet, translator, and Ledbury Critic currently completing a doctorate in Colombian Caribbean literature and intellectual history at Merton College, University of Oxford. One of her recent books, Alejandra Pizarnik’s Extracting the Stone of Madness: Poems 1962–1972 (New Directions), won the Best Translated Book Award. Twitter and Instagram: @TheChronotope
Iliana Rocha is the 2019 winner of the Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry for her newest collection, The Many Deaths of Inocencio Rodriguez, forthcoming from Tupelo Press. Karankawa, her debut, won the 2014 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015). @la_ilianarocha
Cristina Correa is the Kenyon Review Fellow in Poetry. She is the recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, VONA/Voices, Hedgebrook Foundation, and Cornell University. Her work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, Best New Poets series, and Missouri Review. Twitter: @youmayknowthis