Yael Valencia Aldana


Pompano Beach, FL
Florida US

Author's Bio

Yael Valencia Aldana is the author of the chapbook, Alien(s) (Bottlecap Press) and the forthcoming poetry collection, Black Mestiza (University Press of Kentucky, 2025). She is the winner of the University Press of Kentucky New Poetry and Prose Series Prize 2023, a finalist in the AWP Kurt Brown Scholarship, a semi-finalist for the Two Sylvia Press Wilder Poetry Prize, and Long Listed for the Erbacce Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Stone Coast Review, South Florida Poetry Journal, and Cutbank Literary Journal, among others. She is an Associate Editor at West Trade Review and teaches creative writing at FIU.

Publications & Prizes

Black Mestiza (University Press of Kentucky, 2025)
Alien(s) (Bottlecap Press, 2023)
Prizes won: 

University Press of Kentucky New Poetry and Prose Series Prize in Poetry 2023

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Margaret Atwood Toni Morrison Lia Purpura Lucille Clifton Ada Limón
What I'm reading now: 
Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood, The Narrow Road To Deep North by Bashō, Terrible Srories by Lucille Clifton

More Information

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Identifies as: 
African American, BIPOC, Hispanic, Mixed-Race, Native American
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Born in: 
San Fernando
Trinidad and Tobago
Raised in: 
Chancrey Lane, CC
Christ Church
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Last update: Aug 26, 2023