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Melissa Castillo-Garsow

"...her poetry is the mosh pit into which we are accidentally tossed, momentarily lost, and self-discovered."

- Willie Perdomo, The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon



Melissa Castillo-Garsow is a Mexican-American writer, journalist, and scholar currently completing a PhD in American Studies and African American Studies at Yale University, with a dissertation about Mexican New York City. Her short stories, articles, and poetry have been published or are forthcoming in numerous journals.

Melissa is an active scholar in the fields of English literature, American Studies, African American Studies, and Latin American/Latino Studies. At Yale, she focuses on the study of Afro-Latino history and culture in the 20th Century, presenting at numerous conferences around the world.