Dr. Raina J. León
About this speaker
Dr. Raina J. León is a is Black and Afro-Boricua writer and teacher educator from Philadelphia. A founding editor of The Acentos Review, her poetry, nonfiction, fiction, and scholarly work appears in over 100 journals and anthologies. She has published three poetry collections: Canticle of Idols, Boogeyman Dawn, and sombra: dis(locate), along with the chapbooks, profeta without refuge and Areyto to Atabey: Essays on the Mother(ing) Self. Raina’s interests include Afro-futurism, genealogy and walking in relationship with our ancestors, ecopoetics, writing for change, writing for healing and health, and mothering. Dr. León teaches at Saint Mary’s College of California, where she is a full professor. She is only the third Black woman and the first Afro-Latina to achieve that rank there.