David M. de León


Queens, NY

Author's Bio

David M. de León (he/him) is a Puerto Rican writer, academic, and theater artist from New Jersey. Creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in places like Best of the Net, [PANK], DIAGRAMAGNI, Fence Magazine, Indiana Review, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Acentos Review, Pleiades, At Length, Strange Horizons, Bat City Review, 2River View, Anderbo, The Cortland Review, Anti-, The Adirondack Review, and the anthologies Até Mais and Only The Sea Keeps.

David’s debut book of poetry The Cats of Old San Juan is forthcoming at [PANK] books. His previous manuscript, On a Field in the Present, was shortlisted for the Dorset prize at Tupelo Press and the Lena-Miles Wever Todd prize at Pleiades Press, and semi-finalist for the Andrés Montoya prize. He has been a 2019 Tin House Summer Scholar and a scholarship recipient at the Fine Arts Work Center. David has a BA from Hunter College CUNY and is a doctoral candidate in English at Yale University. His academic work focuses on long-form poetic works by Black Americans in the era of Black Lives Matter. David is also a playwright and screenwriter.

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The Cats of Old San Juan (PANK, 2022)

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Latino/Latina/Latinx, Puerto Rican
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Last update: Mar 13, 2023