Carmen R. Marín

Carmen R. Marín was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on February 18, 1975, and raised in Yauco. She currently lives in San Juan. She is a writer, editor, and proofreader; founder of Con Acento; Writing and Creative Writing teacher; and a high school Spanish teacher. Her bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Studies is from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez, and her master’s degree in Spanish is from Binghamton University (State University of New York). She also has courses leading to a doctorate in Hispanic Language and Literature from Stony Brook University (SUNY Stony Brook). She worked as an editor at the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture Publishing House. In 2013, she published her first book, the collection of poems Salvahuidas (Erizo Editorial). Her most recent publications are the poetry book Encamadas (Trabalis Editores, Puerto Rico, 2020) and the hybrid textbook Cosmogonías y otras sales (Editora Educación Emergente, Puerto Rico, 2019).  Carmen dreams “of a society where a girl is not afraid to speak, an adolescent is not afraid of losing, and a woman is not afraid of winning.” About being named a Letras Boricuas Fellow, Carmen expresses that “When I say that receiving this fellowship is an immense honor and that it has taken me by surprise, it is not false modesty. The fear of assuming myself speaks. I see myself in an unsuspected mirror, as a writer, as a poet, and as part of a group in charge of perpetuating wonder through words, against so many barriers, against so much carelessness.”