is an Afromexicana poet from San Antonio, Texas, with a B.A. in African Diaspora Studies and Mexican American Studies from UT Austin. She is the recipient of two Academy of American Poets Prizes and a 2014 collegiate national poetry slam champion. An alum of Brave New Voices, Ariana's work has been featured in PBS, Huffington Post, Blavity, For Harriet, and Remezcla. Ariana, who has been dubbed a "part-time curandera," has performed across the U.S. at venues such as the San Antonio Guadalupe Theater, Tucson Poetry Festival, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, and the San Francisco Opera Theatre. When she is not onstage, she is probably eating an avocado, listening to the Kumbia Kings, or validating black girl rage in all its miraculous forms. Her work is published or forthcoming in Nepantla, Muzzle, African Voices, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review and ¡Manteca!: An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets from Arte Público Press. She is currently earning an MFA in Poetry at the University of Pittsburgh.
7/1/17-8/12/17. Online Writing Workshop Facilitator for "Demons, Diaspora & Magic" w/ Kweli Journal.
8/2/17. Featured Performer & Host. WU-SLam, St. Louis, MO.
8/16/17. Featured Performer w/ Oliver Lake & the Jump Up Band. City of Asylum at Alphabet City. Pittsburgh, PA.
11/30/17. Featured Performer. Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA.
5/11/18. Featured Performer. 2nd Verse Open Mic, San Antonio, TX.
currently booking for fall 2017 & spring 2018