MFA Students

Lorraine Avila


Lorraine Avila is a Bronxite with Caribbean roots. Her mission is to break free from generational and colonial trauma by continuing to rupture the traditions of silence. 

Avila has a BA from Fordham University in English and Middle East studies with a minor in Creative Writing, and an MA in Teaching from New York University. She is an anti-racist educator; her eight years of experience lies in middle school literacy and curriculum design.

In 2020, Avila was the K. Leroy Irvis Fellow. In 2021, she received the Josephine and John McCloskey Memorial Nationality Room Scholarship and the Dietrich Diversity Research Grant. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2019 for her personal essay, "How to Leave Home."

In 2019, she published Malcriada & Other Stories, her debut collection of short stories, which Elizabeth Acevedo called “an uppercut to the senses.” She is self-pubishing Celestial Summer, a graphic novel that centers Black love and psychedelics forthcoming Spring 2022, due to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Her words have been published in Bitch Media, Tasteful Rude, Our House LA, Latino USA, Catapult Magazine, Asteri(x) Journal, Hippocampus Magazine, Moko Magazine, The GirlMob, La Galeria Magazine, and Blavity. 

Avila is represented by Patrice Caldwell at New Leaf Literary.

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