Dr. Grisel Acosta
July 12, 2016
LIPS @ the Gateway project Spaces
2 Gateway Ctr
Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta is a writer from Chicago and who currently lives and teaches in the Bronx. She received her Ph.D. in English—Latino/a literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has presented and published her creative and scholarly work internationally. She has performed her work at the Nuyorican Poet’s Café and The Bowery Poetry Club in New York City, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio, and the Chicago Poetry Festival, among countless other venues. Grisel has also lectured at various conferences on literature and film, throughout the United States, Colombia, and England. Her creative work is in Nineteen Sixty Nine: An Ethnic Studies Journal, Voices de la Luna,MiPoesias, Pembroke Magazine, Private International Photo Review, ¡Tex! Magazine, the NAACP Image Award nominated Check the Rhyme, Chicago’s After Hours Magazine, and the forthcoming Basta!: 100 Latinas Write on Violence Against Women. Her scholarly work can be found in The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature, African American Women’s Language, The Handbook of Latinos and Education, Western American Literature, and Diálogo. Dr. Acosta is especially proud that her monologue, “Hardcore Latina Punk Birth Fragments” was recently published in the anthology, In Full Color, and performed at The Reproductive Rights Festival in New York City, which was live streamed all over the world. She is currently working on two creative projects: Chica!Go!: An Afro-Latina Punk Odyssey, which is a poetic memoir, and First Spanish, which tells the story of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood in the 1980s and 1990s, through the eyes of early Latino/a residents. She is an assistant professor at Bronx Community College—City University of New York.