Mario Alejandro Ariza was born in the Dominican Republic, but grew up between Santo Domingo and Miami. He is currently a Michener Fellow in poetry at the University of Miami’s Master in Fine Arts program. He has held a waiter-ship from the Breadloaf Writer’s conference, is the winner of the 2015 Small Axe magazine poetry contest, and is a 2016 Cantomundo fellow. His poetry can be found in Gulf Coast, Construction magazine, The Baffler, Luna Luna, The Rumpus, and is forthcoming in the Raleigh Review. You can find his journalism in Guernica, Fox News Latino, and The Atlantic.
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