I grew up in the Bronx and have also lived in Manhattan; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Goshen, Indiana; DeKalb, Illinois; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Utica, New York. I am now back in the New York metropolitan area working on an MFA in Creative Nonfiction at Hunter College. My mother’s family is Swiss Mennonite (i.e., it’s an ethnicity, not necessarily a theological persuasion), and my father’s family is Puerto Rican. I have a PhD in English and have taught at Northern Illinois University, Westminster College in Salt Lake City, and Utica College.
Thinkers who influence me include Marina Abramovic, Gloria Anzaldúa, James Baldwin, Ana Castillo, Ann Cvetkovich, Samuel R. Delany, Martín Espada, Jeff Gundy, Julia Spicher Kasdorf, Audre Lorde, Carmen Maria Machado, Sofia Samatar, Sami Schalk, Walt Whitman, and the New York School of poets. I am also fond of queer Mennonite writers such as Stephen Beachy, Jan Guenther Braun, and Casey Plett.