The 2022 UCR Tómas Rivera Conference is hosting poets Andrés N. Ordorica, Raina J. León, and Xochtil-Julia Bermejo, who will come together virtually and discuss how art can influence social activism to create change.
Andrés N. Ordorica is queer Latinx poet, writer and educator whose works address the intersection of community, belonging, mental health, immigration, and queerness. He has published personal essays and creative journalism, as well as his debut poetry collection At Least I Know This.
Raina J. León is a black, Afro-Boricua poet, writer, and teacher educator that believes in the power of community building and collective action. León is also the founding editor of The Acentos Review, an online quarterly literary journal that focuses on the publication and promotion of Latinx arts.
Xochtil-Julia Bermejo is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Her 2016 publication Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge was inspired by her own humanitarian volunteer work and the stories of her family’s immigration. Bermejo is co-founder and director of Women Who Submit, a literary organization fighting for gender parity by empowering women and non-binary writers to submit work for publication.
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