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Ariel Estrella's research focuses on 20th and 21st century lyricism through queer of color critique. To guide themself, Ariel asks: what does lyricism offer queer creators of color in the midst of racism and cultural celebration; homophobia and queer kinship; transphobia and gender possibility? And, in turn, what do queer creators of color offer lyrical creative enterprises with their experiments in form?
Ariel's portfolio offers readers lyrical pieces that combine personal essay, poetry, and scholarly critique. Ariel's essays and poems have been featured in The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Journal; anthologies, including one that received a Lambda Literary Award; independent zines; and a newspaper column on the politics of love at their undergraduate institution, Macalester College. Ariel's work and advocacy was recognized through the receipt of several teaching awards, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, and the Macalester Alumni Service Award.
They are the editor for the upcoming anthology, Gender Recovery: Rewriting Tales of Transition, Mental Health, and Addiction. This anthology seeks essays and poetry by trans, two-spirit, and nonbinary people on the triumphs and trials of recovery to present our trans, two-spirit, and nonbinary lives on our own terms.
Prior to entering the program, Ariel worked in labor and community-based arts nonprofit organizations in their hometown of New York City. They also founded the Facing Forward: A Macalester Alumni of Color Zine series.
Ariel Estrella (they/them) is a queer Latinx/e scholar hailing from Queens, NYC who is pursuing a doctoral Literatures in English degree at Cornell University with a focus on queer of color lyricism. They are the editor for an upcoming anthology on trans, two-spirit, and nonbinary recovery.
Ariel Estrella (they/them) is a writer and Cornell PhD graduate student researching queer of lyricism.
Run my pulse against these streets and their brick and concrete and the veins stripping across telephone poles and the goliath artery that is the MTA.
Committed to fighting the (riffing off bell hooks) ableist colonial cisheterocentric white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.
Focus on collage and portraiture. Greatly inspired by Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski, Kehinde Wiley, Caravaggio, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and Vincent van Gogh.
Skilled with InDesign, Photoshop, CMS management, Constant Contact, basic html, Word, Google Docs, and social media platforms.
Experienced with copy writing and designing website content, invitations, zines, flyers, brochures, annual reports, press releases, and more.
Delivered numerous speeches in both intimate settings and large audiences. Stage managed events with up to 300 attendees. Led skills trainings.
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