Vanessa Mártir

Vanessa Mártir is a writer, educator, and editor. She was born in New York City, raised in Brooklyn, New York, and now lives in Orange County, New York. She is the founder of the Writing Our Lives Workshop and the Writing the Mother Wound Movement. Her essays and writing have been published in NYU’s Latinx Project Intervenxiones, The Guardian, Longreads, The New York Times, The Rumpus, and The Washington Post and were nominated for the Best American Essays series in 2020 and 2021. In 2019, she was awarded the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Kurt Brown Award in Creative Nonfiction for her essay “Sopa Ministry for the Grieving and Unmothered.” She also is a recipient of a residency at the Pocantico Center. About being named a Letras Boricuas Fellow, Martir says, “Money takes up so much mental and emotional space, as does imposter syndrome, which is especially intense for us BIPOC and colonized people who’ve been taught, directly and subliminally, that we don’t matter, and our stories don’t belong in the world. This fellowship means a group of art lovers and professionals acknowledges the value of my work and wants to see my work out in the world. It puts my worries about money and worth on pause.”