Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta is a full professor at City University of New York – Bronx Community College. Her first book of poetry, Things to Pack on the Way to Everywhere, was a 2020 finalist for the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, and was published in 2021 by Get Fresh Books. She is the editor of the Routledge anthology, Latina Outsiders Remaking Latina Identity. Select works are also in the American Studies Journal; VIDA: Women in Literary Arts; Celebrating 20 Years of Black Girlhood: The Lauryn Hill Reader; African American Women’s Language; Speculative Fiction for Dreamers; The Future of Black: Afrofuturism, Black Comics, and Superhero Poetry; NOMBONO: Speculative Poetry by BIPOC Poets; Best American Poetry; The Baffler; Split this Rock; Paterson Literary Review; and Acentos Review. Dr. Acosta is a Macondo Fellow, a Geraldine Dodge Foundation poet, Chair of the HEP Community Colleges Executive Committee of the Modern Language Association, and a regional delegate for the MLA.



Ph.D. in English – University of Texas at San Antonio, 2010

M.Ed. in English Literature – University of Illinois at Chicago, 1999

B.A. in Journalism/Film – Columbia College Chicago, 1995


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