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Ariana Brown

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Ariana Brown is an Afromexicana poet from San Antonio, Texas, with a B.A. in African Diaspora Studies and a B.A. Mexican American Studies from UT Austin. She is the recipient of the Andrew Julius Gutow Academy of American Poets Prize and a 2014 collegiate national poetry slam champion. An alum of Brave New Voices, Ariana co-founded the Fresh Ink youth slam in San Antonio and the Spitshine poetry slam at UT Austin. Ariana's work has been featured in PBS, Huffington Post, Blavity, For Harriet, and Remezcla.

Ariana, who has been dubbed a "part-time curandera," has performed across the U.S. at venues such as the San Antonio Guadalupe Theater, University of California - Santa Cruz, Tucson Poetry Festival, and the San Francisco Opera Theatre. When she is not onstage, she is probably eating an avocado, listening to the Kumbia Kings, or validating black girl rage in all its miraculous forms. Her work is published or forthcoming in Nepantla, Huizache, Rattle, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review and ¡Manteca!: An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets from Arte Público Press. Ariana is earning an MFA in Poetry at the University of Pittsburgh, with a research focus on black & indigenous resistance and survival in Texas and Mexico. Follow her online at www.arianabrown.com

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