Executive Director and Diversity & Inclusion Director's opening remarks and Luivette Resto's selection of poems.
Luivette Resto is an award-winning poet, a mother of 3 revolutionary humans, a Wonder Woman, and a middle school English teacher. She was born in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico but proudly raised in the Bronx. She attended Cornell University, earning her B.A. in English Literature with a minor in U.S. Latinx history. Later, she received her MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a CantoMundo and Macondo Fellow and a Pushcart Prize nominee. She is the executive editor of Angel's Flight Literary West magazine and a member of the board of directors for Women Who Submit. Her two books of poetry Unfinished Portrait and Ascension have been published by Tía Chucha Press. Unfinished Portrait was a finalist for the 2008 Paterson Poetry Prize, and in 2014 Ascension was honored with the Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. Some of her latest work can be found on Bozalta, Spillway, and North American Review. Her third poetry collection Living on Islands Not Found on Map, published by FlowerSong Press, is a finalist for the 2022 Juan Felipe Herrera Best Poetry Book Award at the International Latino Book Awards. She lives in the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles.
Check out more information about Luivette's books: https://www.luivette.com/books