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Yessica Martinez is a poet and educator originally from Medellin, Colombia. She graduated from Princeton University with degrees in Comparative Literature and Latin American studies and has worked as a literature promoter, teaching artist and writer in residence in her community of Corona, Queens. Yessica is currently interested in the history of modern social movements in Latin America with attention to popular education and artistic practices that contributed to their flourishing. She has studied violence, trauma and testimonial narratives and, in her own poetic practice, continues to explore what it means to bear witness. She is a 2018 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow.