Yara Liceaga Rojas

Yara Liceaga Rojas is a poet/writer, artist, educator, cultural worker, and consultant in the art sector. She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, raised in Dorado, Puerto Rico, and now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts on the traditional lands of the Massachusetts and Pawtucket people. She is the author of Hacernos el adiós (Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Puerto Rico, 2019) and the forthcoming bilingual version, translated by Puerto Rican poet Sabrina Ramos Rubén. She is the recipient of the 2021-2022 Boston Neighborhood Fellow from The Boston Foundation, the 2021 The ARTery (25 Artists of Color Transforming the Cultural Landscape) from WBUR, the 2021 Collective Imagination for Spatial Justice Grant [with Mar Parrilla & Luana Morales] from theNew England Foundation for the Arts, the 2020 Cambridge Arts Grant from Cambridge Arts Council, the 2020 Latinx Amplifier from Amplify Latinx, the 2019 Brother Thomas Fellow from The Boston Foundation, the 2019 Run of the Mills Artist Residency from the Boston Center for the Arts, and the 2019 Live Arts Boston Grant from The Boston Foundation. She is inspired to write by “the many wonders hidden in everyday life, the magic of the tiny details that together show a hidden reality” and “poetry’s ability to expose what’s hidden in reality, those truths that are not self-evident.” About being named a Letras Boricuas Fellow, Rojas says, “To receive this fellowship means to me an unexpected, astonishing recognition that will allow me to focus on my next poetry book and the art projects I will create in 2022.”