I am a first-generation, queer Latino man. I was born and raised in Miami, FL, but my parents both came to this country as immigrants from Cuba and Panama. From a young age, I’ve been captivated by the written word. I consider myself a storyteller and enjoy sharing my knowledge with those around me. Aside from my BA in English Literature, I also have an MFA in Creative Writing. I have done some peer-led teaching as an undergraduate student and have taught composition courses at the college level.
What about the residency are you most looking forward to?
I’m most looking forward to learning with my cohort! I feel like I thrive in group settings and do well when I have others to share ideas and feedback. I can’t wait to put what I learn into practice.
Did you have a teacher who made a lasting impression on you?
Funnily enough, my introduction video for this program was about the impact teachers have made on me. The first time a teacher made a difference with me was when I was in fourth grade, and my teacher decided we should have a book club that met after school; she reinforced in me the love I have for fiction. The way she spoke to us about the books we read made me feel like there was more to reading than what was on the page. She made it fun and interpretive.