María Teresa Fernández Rosario

María Teresa Fernández Rosario, also known as Mariposa, is an award-winning poet, writer, educator, and activist. She was born in the Bronx, New York, where she still lives. She has performed at numerous colleges and universities throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and abroad, and has been featured on BET, HBO Latino, and PBS. Her poems have been published in numerous magazines and journals, including And Then Magazine, La Repuesta Magazine, and Tribes, as well as in the anthologies, African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (Library of America, 2020); Conceptualizing Afro Latinidad in AfroLatina/o Literature and Performance; Label me Latina/o Special Issue: Black and Latina; Latinas: Protest & Struggle in 21st Century USA; and Manteca: Anthology of AfroLatin@ Poets. She is the recipient of the 2021 City Artist Corps Award, awarded by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York Foundation of the Arts and the 2020-2021 CUNY Adjunct Incubator grant, awarded by The Center for Humanities. She is inspired to write “to create art that documents my personal experience and what we have survived” and “to name what there is to be named, from celebrating our strengths and victories to denouncing the injustices and ongoing violations of our human rights as Puerto Ricans, on the Island and the diaspora.” About being named a Letras Boricuas Fellow, Fernández says, “It is a great honor and deeply humbling to be recognized by my own people.”