About

To me, being a Latinx writer means to be able to catch fires, to bring forth something from labor and sweat, to have enough when there’s not a lot. Araceli Esparza is a Latinx Poeta. MFA graduate from Hamline University, with strong migrant farmer roots, and recently published in the Astri(x) journal.

Araceli Esparza is a Latinx Poeta. MFA graduate from Hamline University, with strong migrant farmer roots, and recently published in the Astri(x) journal. She was also, named 2015 Women to Watch by Brava Magazine.

Local shout out’s:

Araceli Esparza helps fellow Wisconsin Latinas find and raise up their voices

The Braided Life: Las Trenzas de Quetzali

Grandmother Recalled In The Earthy Smell Of Beets

 

Publications:

“The Choices We Make” Aster(ix) Journal 2016

“Green Tomatillos and Sonnet Notions” Brava Magazine 2015

“Red Road” and “Scar Tissue” DePaul University, Diálogo Literary Journal 2014

Other mentions of my work or where my work has been showcased:

http://isthmus.com/arts/books/writers-resist-poets-authors-against-trump/

Basta Project: http://kunr.org/post/anthology-sheds-light-violence-against-undocumented-women#stream/0

 

Education

  • Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Hamline University, 2014
  • Bachelors in Criminology/Chicano Studies, University of Minnesota, 2000
  • Overture of the Arts, Kennedy Center of the Art, Teaching Artist Training 2018

 

Past publications

  • ZO Magazine,” Bone Winter” Cloud online publication
  • “Red Road” and “Scar Tissue” DePaul University, Diálogo Literary Journal 2014
  • “Small Time Living in Mad Town” and “Stained Glass Windows” I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin, Cowfeather Press 2014
  • “Carlos and His Guaraches” Madison Magazine 2010
  • “Twiggy Knotted Branches of Love” Sepúlveda, Emma. Basta. 100 Latinas Write on Violence Against Women. Anthology. University of Nevada 2017

 

Other Notable Publications

  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art 2015-2016
  • 50th year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech exhibit at the Grady Alexis Gallery, NYC 2013
  • Madison HUES Magazine 2012
  • Overture Center of the Arts Exhibition 2010

 

Workshop Facilitator/Lecturer

  • Workshop Facilitator: Creative Writing Classes at Kula Yoga Studios, University of Wisconsin- Odyssey Program, and various Public Libraries, 2010-Current
  • Lecturer, “Chicano/Latino Children’s literature and Critical Race Theory” University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa 2014
  • Teaching Artist, Nuestro Mundo, Madison, WI
  • UW Women Studies Consortium, “Writing as a Curandera”
  • Edgewood College, Mindfulness Conference
  • YWCA, Racial Justice workshop facilitator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spoken Word Performances

  • Madison Poet Laurette Fundraiser, 2015
  • Listen To Your Mother performer, 2014
  • Latino Art Fair, 2014
  • The Dane County Women’s Expo, 2014

 

Writing Activities and Memberships

  • Member, Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2012-present
  • Member, Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators 2014-present
  • Member, Genna’s Spoken Word Night (local open mic on-going venue), 2010-present

 

Honors/Awards

  • Most influential Latina, Wisconsin State Journal and Madison 365, 2018
  • Latino Professional Association, Professional of the Year, 2016
  • Honored as Women to Watch, Brava Magazine, 2015
  • Recipient, United Methodist College Scholarship 2013
  • Recipient, New York Foundation for the Arts 2013