Meet Our Scholars
Christina Olivares is the author of the books Future Botanic (Get Fresh Books, forthcoming 2022), No Map of the Earth Includes Stars (2015), winner of the 2014 Marsh Hawk Press Book Prize, and the chaplet Interrupt (Belladonna* Collaborative, 2015). She earned her Master of Fine Arts in poetry from City University of New York, Brooklyn College. Her work has been performed and published widely, most recently in Lincoln Center's We Are the Work: Working Intersections and by The Academy of American Poets. Her video poem "Diagnosis" was published by the Poetry Project's House Party in 2020. Christina is a 2022 Ford Foundation pre-doctoral fellowship finalist, a finalist for the NYFA Grant in Poetry (2021), the recipient of BRIO Nonfiction and Poetry Grants (2021 and 2018), a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency (2017), and two Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grants. She is an Audre Lorde scholar who has researched extensively in Lorde's US- and Berlin-based archives. Olivares works as an educator and administrator and taught as a visiting professor at the Rutgers-Newark MFA poetry program and at community-based workshops through the Bronx Council on the Arts. She's a poverty and prison abolitionist and identifies as queer and American-Cuban.