I am an author illustrator from San Juan, Puerto Rico, where I went to theatre school and worked at a design agency for three years. I’m currently completing my undergraduate degrees in Creative Writing and Illustration at Ringling College of Art + Design.
I write short fiction and games. My literary fiction focuses on LGBTQIA+ life, memory, and being Puerto Rican. I also write speculative fiction and horror, where my themes range from dreams and nature, to consciousness and guilt. My short story about a transgender woman re-doing a date, “Overnight,” won the Gold Juror’s Prize in Creative Writing for Best of Ringling, as selected by Todd Pierce. I also received the Trustee Scholarship at Ringling, and I am a 2018 Lambda Literary Fellow receiving a scholarship for the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices.
The Retreat was established in 2007 and is the first of its kind ever offered to LGBTQ writers: a one-week intensive immersion in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, genre fiction and playwriting. The Retreat is an unparalleled opportunity to be mentored by the very best writers in our community, to develop one’s craft, make connections with publishing industry professionals and build a strong community of peers.
As an undergrad writer who has just found a voice in living, and writing, my truth, the Retreat means so much more to me than a step in my career—but it is also that! It's a fantastic leap forward for me that I've been dreaming about since I applied. Help me get there by donating. Even the smallest amount helps!