Meet Ariana Brown — National Poetry Month Featured Poet for April 11th
Ariana Brown is an Afromexicana poet from San Antonio, Texas, with a B.A. in African Diaspora Studies and Mexican American Studies from UT Austin. She is the recipient of the Andrew Julius Gutow Academy of American Poets Prize and a 2014 collegiate national poetry slam champion. An alum of Brave New Voices, Ariana co-founded the Fresh Ink youth slam in San Antonio and the Spitshine poetry slam at UT Austin. 2-time winner of the “Best Poet” award at the national collegiate poetry slam, Ariana’s work has been featured in PBS, Huffington Post, Blavity, For Harriet, and Remezcla.
Ariana, who has been dubbed a “part-time curandera,” has performed across the U.S. at venues such as the San Antonio Guadalupe Theater, University of California — Santa Cruz, Tucson Poetry Festival, and the San Francisco Opera Theatre. When she is not onstage, she is probably eating an avocado, listening to the Kumbia Kings, or validating black girl rage in all its miraculous forms. Her work is published in Nepantla, Rattle, Huizache, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review and is forthcoming in ¡Manteca!: An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets from Arte Público Press. She is currently earning an MFA in Poetry at the University of Pittsburgh.