Raina León

Poet

Philadelphia, PA

Author's Bio

Raina J. León, PhD is Black, Afro-Boricua, and from Philadelphia (Lenni Lenape ancestral lands). She is a mother, daughter, sister, madrina, comadre, partner, poet, writer, and teacher educator. She believes in collective action and community work, the profound power of holding space for the telling of our stories, and the liberatory practice of humanizing education. She seeks out communities of care and craft and is a member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective, Cave Canem, CantoMundo, Macondo. She is the author of Canticle of Idols, Boogeyman Dawn, sombra : (dis)locate, and the chapbooks, , profeta without refuge and Areyto to Atabey: Essays on the Mother(ing) Self. She publishes across forms in visual art, poetry, nonfiction, fiction, and scholarly work. She has received fellowships and residencies with the Obsidian Foundation, Community of Writers, Montana Artists Refuge, Macdowell, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Annamaghkerrig, Ireland and Ragdale, among others. She is a founding editor of The Acentos Review, an online quarterly, international journal devoted to the promotion and publication of Latinx arts. She educates our present and future agitators/educators as a full professor of education at Saint Mary’s College of California, only the third Black person (all Black women) and the first Afro-Latina to achieve that rank there. She is currently faculty at the Stonecoast MFA in Creating Writing Program.  She is a digital archivist, emerging visual artist, writing coach, and curriculum developer.

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade (University of Michigan Press, 2006)
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Poetic Voices without Borders (Gival Press, 2005)
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Cave Canem Anthology VIII (Cave Canem, 2003)
Books:
Boogeyman Dawn (Salmon Poetry (Ireland), 2013)
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Canticle of Idols (CustomWords, 2009)
Journals:
African American Review
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Black Arts Quarterly
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Bosphorus Art Project Quarterly
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Boxcar Poetry Review
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Constellation Magazine
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Farmhouse Magazine
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OCHO
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PMS: poemmemoirstory
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The Cherry Blossom Review
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The Externalist
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The Sixers Review
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Tiger's Eye
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Womb
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Xavier Review

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
African American, Latino/Latina/Latinx, Mixed-Race, Puerto Rican
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
Born in: 
Philadelphia
Raised in: 
Philadelphia, PA
Pennsylvania
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Last update: Sep 07, 2022