Lorraine Avila

Lorraine will speak at a SpeakTogether author talkback with Cleyvis Natera at Bronx High School for Law and Community on November 8, 2023.

Lorraine Avila (she/they), a Bronxite with Dominican roots, is the author of Malcriada and Other Stories and Celestial Summer. Her YA debut, The Making of Yolanda La Bruja, garnered praise from Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Shelf-Awareness.

Avila received a BA in English from Fordham University, an MAT in Secondary Education from New York University, and and MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a seasoned literacy educator spanning middle school to undergraduate levels. She’s a recipient of awards like The Writers Colony’s “Illuminating Black Lives” Fellowship, and the 2022 Africana Nationality Room Scholarship, the 2021 & 2022 Dietrich Diversity Research Grant, and the 2020 K. Leroy Irvis Fellowship, among others.

Avila has taught writing workshops at schools and organizations like NYU, Brown University, Stanford University, and more. Her popular media essays can be found in various publications, including Refinery29, Teen Vogue, Bitch Media, Tasteful Rude, and Latino USA.

Avila splits her time between Pittsburgh, The Bronx, and the Dominican Republic.

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