I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Randolph College. My  artistry explores South Bronx culture and history, Boricua identity, fatherhood, and the idea of home. Rooted in ancestral memory, my stories embody an ancestral fury – from the enslavement of Taino Indians in post-colonized Puerto Rico to the gentrification and displacement of Puerto Ricans in the South Bronx. My work is published or forthcoming in Poetry Magazine, Revolute, Very Smart Brothas, and others

 

I am also an educator. I received my Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum, Culture, & Change from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I also received a Graduate Certificate in Cultural Studies from UNC’s University Program in Cultural Studies 

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from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I also received a Graduate Certificate in Cultural Studies from UNC’s University Program in Cultural Studies. My teaching and research interests focus on urban education, arts as social justice, cultural studies in education, and public pedagogy. My work has been published in journals such as The Urban ReviewBerkeley Review of Education, and the International Journal of Education and the Arts. Currently, I am a visiting Assistant Professor of Education in the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Currently, I reside in Pittsburgh, PA with my partner, Dr. Dara Méndez and three children Cairen (12), Adrah (10), and Leilani (7). Visit Block Chronicles, Sons of the Boogie, and The Méndezes to learn more about my work.