Jamie Figueroa (Afro-Taíno) is Boricua by way of Ohio and long time resident of northern New Mexico. She explores identity, familial relationships, place, and ancestry. A two-time graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, (BFA and MFA in Creative Writing), she publishes across genres including fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Her writing has appeared in Epoch, Catapult, McSweeney’s, and American Short Fiction among other journals. She has guest lectured and taught at University of New Mexico, New Mexico Highlands University, IAIA, Santa Fe Community College, New Mexico School for the Arts, Goddard College’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and in Sierra Nevada College’s MFA program. Jamie’s collaborative community work facilitates an engagement with underrepresented voices and highlights inter-generational, multi-racial & multi-ethnic, gender & sexuality difference, and equity. Currently, Jamie facilitates modern myth making for personal and collective restoration and healing. Her novel, Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer will debut spring 2021.