I grew up in New York City and lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Goshen, Indiana; DeKalb, Illinois; and Salt Lake City, Utah, before coming to Utica, New York. 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 currently teach at Utica College. I have also taught at Northern Illinois University and Westminster College in Salt Lake City.
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.