"Beyond Nation: Caribbean Poetics in Pedro Pietri's 'Puerto Rican Obituary' and Kamau Brathwaite's 'Islands and Exiles.'" CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. 22.2 (2010): 51 – 73. Print.
Presentations & Roundtables
“Latina Poets in New York: Nuyoriqueña and Chicana poets Re-Examine the Puerto Rican Crowd.” Puerto Rican Studies Association Biennial: Boricuas and other Border Crossers: Of Diasporas and Latinidades. Albany, New York. forthcoming. 26 Oct. 2012.
“‘Yemaya blew that wire fence down’: Yoruba Orishas in Gloria Anzaldúa’s Work.” Panel: “Chicano/a Literature.” Northeast Modern Language Association Convention. Rochester, NY. 16 March 2012.
Closing Roundtable Panelist: “Puerto Rican Obituaries and the Politics of Remembrance.” New York Metro American Studies Association conference. New York, NY. 5 Nov. 2011.
“Full Act of Naming: Neologisms and Fractured Identities in ‘AmeRican’ and ‘A Nuyo-Futurist Manifestiny’” Panel: “Label me Latino or Latina.” Northeast Modern Language Association Convention. Rutgers, NJ. 9 April 2011.
Roundtable Chair and Presenter: “de Salinas al Mundo.” Creative Online. Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference. Washington, DC. 5 Feb. 2011.
Roundtable Moderator: “Creative Disobedience in New Nuyorican Writing.” Turning Tides: A Symposium on Diasporic Literature at Fordham University. New York, NY. 6 Nov. 2010.
Roundtable Chair and Panelist: “Poder Al Que Pasa: Traditions of Resistance in the Poetry of Puerto Rico and the Diaspora.” PRSA Biennial: Cuerpos vigilados y castigados: Resistance and Empowerment in the Body Rican. Hartford, CT. 23 Oct. 2010.
“Poetics of Place: Loisaida in Nuyorican Poetry.” New York Metro American Studies Association Summer Institute: Re-Visiting the Lower East Side. New York, NY. 17 June 2010.
Chair and Panelist: Paper: “Araceli Girmay's 'Ode to the Watermelon:' Influences and Implications.” Panel: “Drawing New Boundaries: A Sketch of Poetry in the Twenty-First Century.” PRSA Biennial: Cartographies of Identities: Puerto Rico(ans) in the XXIst Century. San Juan, PR. 1 Oct. 2008.
“21st Century Motherhood: Legend and the Body in María Meléndez's Poetry.” Saint Francis College Conference: Why Study Women’s Poetry? Brooklyn, NY. 5 April 2008.
Panelist: “A Roundtable on Latinos and Latinas in Poetry.” Acentos Live Podcast. Bronx, NY. 25 April 2008.
Teaching & Professional Experience
An intensive course in expository writing that teaches research methods and revision skills. Taught according to the integrated principles of grammar, logic, rhetoric, and research. Evaluated essays and met regularly with students to provide one-on-one feedback on their writing development. Guided three students through revision process of essays chosen for publication in Fordham’s selective student journal, Rhētorikós: Excellence in Student Writing.
Guest Lecturer on Nuyorican Poetry.
Professor Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé’s Advanced Literature Seminar on Latino/a Literature. 20 Oct. 2011.
Aspects of Leadership. Facilitator, Prep for Prep, 2005-2012.
Facilitated twenty four-day leadership development workshops for students of color from various New York City independent schools in their sophomore, junior, and senior years of high school.
Immigrant New York. Faculty Director, History Makers at Fordham, July 2010.
Designed and taught daily curriculum that supplemented visiting faculty’s lectures about New York City immigration. Advised college student mentors and program coordinator on curriculum and classroom management matters. Supervised twenty student participants from Bronx-area high schools.
Collage and Found Poetry. Workshop Facilitator, Acentos Writers Workshops, January 2010.
Designed and led a two-hour poetry workshop inspired by collage and found poetry techniques for fifteen participants as part of a weekly workshop held at Hostos Community College.
A Historical Context for Nuyorican Poetry. Faculty, History Makers at Fordham, July 2009.
Designed and taught a weeklong course to fifteen Bronx high school students. Coordinated relevant research trips to the archive at El Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños at Hunter College and to the Nuyorican Poets Café.
Poets Out Loud at Fordham University
Graduate Assistant. New York, NY. 2008 – 2011.
Assisted in organizing POL Reading Series and annual manuscript contest. Planned and coordinate readings with local poets, including a 2009 Latino/a poetry themed reading, featuring Willie Perdomo, Rachel McKibbens, and Tara Betts. Maintained POL website. Tracked expenditures in five separate financial accounts. Managed Fordham University Press table at the annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference bookfair.
Prep for Prep
College Counselor. New York, NY. 2005 – 2008.
Guided 45 – 60 students of color each year through college application process. Communicated with college admissions officers and advocated for students. Wrote letters of recommendation. Facilitated application and financial aid workshops. Coordinated and chaperoned overnight college visits.
English Teacher. Roxbury Preparatory Charter School, 2004 – 2005.
Taught 3 sections of seventh grade English grammar and writing. Planned and co-taught weekly character building course. Planned and taught daily dance class. Founded and led the Girls’ Writing Group. Translated for Spanish speaking families.
The Steppingstone Foundation
Asst. Dean of Admissions. Boston, MA. 2002 – 2003
Asst. Dean Preparation and Placement. Boston, MA. 2003 – 2004.
Two-year fellow for college preparatory program that supports underrepresented students in their admission to independent, public exam schools, and college. Recruited record number of applicants. Read applications and interviewed families. Served as class advisor for 40 middle school students, responsible for academic and social/emotional guidance. Advised families during independent and public exam school application process. Facilitated faculty meetings. Helped revise curricula for all subjects. Designed and taught daily six-week sixth grade humanities courses. Translated for Spanish speaking families.
Twentieth/Twenty-First Century Postcolonial, Anglophone, and Diasporic Literatures
Graduate Representative. 2012 – 2013.
Puerto Rican Studies Association (PRSA)
Elected Graduate Student Representative to the Executive Council. 2010 – 2012.
Rhētorikós: Excellence in Student Writing
Member of editorial board for journal of outstanding undergraduate student writing. Fall 2012.
Northeast Modern Language Association
Chair of the Hispanic Scholars Committee. Spring 2012.
New York Metro American Studies Association
Member of the Conference Host Committee at Fordham University. 8 Nov. 2008.
Honors, Fellowships and Competitive Programs
University-wide competitive award; full support and release from teaching for one year.
Fordham University Loyola Fellowship, 2007 – 2014.
Fellowship awarded to incoming students in recognition of academic achievements. A tuition scholarship and living stipend awarded annually.
Northeast Modern Language Association Summer Fellowship, Summer 2011.
Research funding to consult the Gloria Anzaldúa archives housed at The Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas, Austin.
New York Metro American Studies Association Summer Institute: Re-Visiting the Lower East Side, Summer 2010.
Selected for competitive weeklong summer institute.
Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor Society, Spring 2009.
Writing Honors and Selective Workshops
Finalist: ONSQU Blogtest, December 2011.
Participant: Astra Writing in Greece, 16 – 29 May 2010.
Selected for two-week writing retreat in Greece, facilitated by Meredith Hall.
Participant: Acentos Advanced Writing Workshop, Sundays, 7 March – 9 May 2010.
Selected for ten-week workshop, facilitated by Rich Villar.
Recipient: Academy of American Poets University Prize, Spring 2009.
Participant: VONA Writing Workshops, 2 – 9 July 2006.
Selected for one-week poetry workshop for writers of color, facilitated by Suheir Hammad.