New Jersey native Ysabel Y. Gonzalez, is also known for her performance poetry under the alias Ancestral Poetisa. She received her BA from Rutgers University, an MFA in Poetry from Drew University and currently works for the Poetry Program at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Ysabel has received invitations to attend VONA, Tin House and Ashbery Home School writing workshops. She’s been published in phati’tude Literary Magazine, Huizache, Acentos Review, Waxwing Literary Journal, The Wide Shore and forthcoming in It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop. You may find more of her poems and recorded performances at www.ysabelgonzalez.com.
"The BOAAT Writer’s Retreat was incredibly rewarding for my poetry and for my personal well-being. This retreat was half residency and half workshop, which allowed my poetry the opportunity for feedback and critique, along with plenty of down time to generate new work. I met other writers whose poetry resonated very deeply with me; I connected with them and their work.
Our workshop leader, Eduardo Corral, was encouraging and energetic, pushing us to be our best selves throughout the retreat in everything we did, including writing new work, learning to listen to the outside world in different ways, and documenting and experiencing the world up in those gorgeous mountains.
Sean Shearer at BOAAT could not have been a better host and supporter of our work—encouraging us in different ways to be open to the BOAAT Writer’s Retreat experience, which included writing, reading, karaoke, playing pool, and lots of conversations with each other about our work.
Overall, this was an incredible experience! Thank you Sean and BOAAT for creating such a dreamlike week."
-- Ysabel Gonzalez