Welcome, Marilyse!

I’m so thrilled to be joining the ABC team, an organization I’ve admired ever since I moved to the Central Texas area for its free creative writing programming and focus on serving youth in disadvantaged areas. One of the reasons I wanted to be a part of the new Bat Mobile program is to help create more possibilities for creative writing to enter the classroom. As a Latinx who went through the public school system, I know how impactful programming like ABC’s would have been to my educational experience. ABC is one of the few organizations that strives to connect creative writing with empowerment. This is something I am particularly excited about doing with the Bat Mobile and the future programming. As well, I am proud to be apart of the mission to reach youth and families who have left Austin due to unfair gentrification. ABC’s new programming is an example of one organization’s committment to providing free creative writing programming wherever it is wanted. We can’t wait to work with the schools and community educators in the surrounding areas to make sure these communities are heard and involved in the ABC experience. I look forward to getting connected with the schools, parents, youth, and larger communities!

Marilyse V. Figueora is a proud queer Xicanx-Boricua from Oklahoma and Texas. She received her Bachelor’s in English Literature and Cultural Studies with a focus in Creative Writing from the University of Oklahoma and her Master’s in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Texas State University. She also volunteers with the summer creative writing workshop, Barrio Writers, as the Director of the San Marcos, Texas Chapter. Marilyse is a danzante, zine-maker, and is currently working on a chapbook of poems.

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