Grisel Y Acosta


Author's Bio

Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta is an associate professor at the City University of New York-BCC. Her poetry collection, Things to Pack on the Way to Everywhere, is a finalist for the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, and forthcoming from Get Fresh Books in April, 2021. She is the editor of Latina Outsiders Remaking Latina Identity (Routledge, 2019), an anthology featuring over 30 scholarly and creative works by Latinas from throughout the United States. Her creative work is in The Baffler, Red Fez, Gathering of the Tribes, Best American Poetry, Split this Rock,  In Full Color: A Collection of Stories by Women of ColorLove You Madly: Poems About JazzNineteen Sixty Nine: An Ethnic Studies JournalVoices de la LunaMiPoesiasPembroke MagazinePrivate International Photo Review¡Tex! Magazine, the NAACP Image Award nominated Check the Rhyme, Chicago’s After HoursThe Reproductive Freedom AnthologyBasta!: 100 Latinas Write on Violence Against Women, The Lauryn Hill Reader, Paterson Literary Review, American Studies Journal, and the Chicana/Latina Studies Journal.  Her scholarly articles and essays can be found in The Routledge Companion to Latino/a LiteratureAfrican American Women’s LanguageThe Handbook of Latinos and EducationWestern American LiteratureDiálogoSalonEnglish Kills Review, The Kenyon Review, and VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.  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; Buenos Aires, Argentina, and throughout the United States.  Dr. Acosta is currently working on First Spanish, which tells the story of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood in the 1980s and 1990s.

Publications & Prizes

Best American Poetry (best american poetry, 2020)
Celebrating Twenty Years of Black Girlhood: The Lauryn Hill Reader (Peter Lang Publishing, 2019)
"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)
Latina Outsiders Remaking Latina Identity (Routledge, 2019)
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Voices de la Luna
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Finalist for the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Black, Cuban American, Latino/Latina/Latinx, Mixed Race
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Teachers, Teenagers
Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
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Raised in: 
Chicago, IL
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Last update: Oct 23, 2020