Grisel Y Acosta

Bronx, NY

Author's Bio

Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta is an assistant professor in the English Department of Bronx Community College-CUNY. She received her Ph.D. in English—Latinx literature, from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has presented and published her creative and scholarly work in London, England; Cartagena, Colombia; Catalonia, Spain; and throughout the United States. Her creative work is in In Full Color: A Collection of Stories by Women of Color, Love You Madly: Poems About Jazz, Nineteen Sixty Nine: An Ethnic Studies Journal, Voices de la Luna, MiPoesias, Pembroke Magazine, Private International Photo Review, ¡Tex! Magazine, the NAACP Image Award nominated Check the Rhyme, Chicago’s After Hours Magazine, and the forthcoming Basta!: 100 Latinas Write on Violence Against Women and The Reproductive Freedom Festival Anthology. Her scholarly work can be found in The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature, African American Women’s Language, The Handbook of Latinos and Education, Western American Literature, Diálogo, Salon, and VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Dr. Acosta is particularly inspired by the punk and house music movements, which she grew up in, alternative film (by Argento, John Waters, Gregg Araki, early Penelope Spheeris, and others), science fiction, and social justice in education. She is currently working on two creative projects: Chica!Go!: An Afro-Latina Punk Odyssey, which is a poetic memoir, and First Spanish, which tells the story of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood in the 1980s and 1990s. She was born in Chicago but is of Cuban and Colombian descent, and she currently lives in Fort Lee, New Jersey, where she cares for her impossibly inspiring parents, and her chubby, lazy cat, Violet.

Publications and Prizes

"DreamWaterBreathDeath" in El Mundo Zurdo: Selected Works from the Meetings of the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldua
(Aunt Lute Books, 2010)
, "Historia" in El Mundo Zurdo: Selected Works from the Meetings of the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldua
(Aunt Lute Books, 2010)
, "Pressure Mix" in Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees
(Lit Noire Publishing, 2006)
After Hours, MiPOesias, Pembroke Magazine, San Antonio Express-News, Voices de la Luna

Reviews, Recordings, and Interviews

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Mixed Race
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Teachers, Teenagers
Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
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Chicago, IL
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Last updated: Mar 15, 2017