About

My fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Sunlight Press, Hobart, Asteri(x), Lunch Ticket, Volume One Brooklyn, Feminine Collective, and other publications. My short story collection Taste the World on Your Skin was a finalist for the 2018 Katherine Anne Porter Prize.

I’m also the founder of Digging Press, a small independent press that publishes the literary and arts journal, Digging Through The Fat: a Journal for Cultural Omnivores, the chapbook series. I also host the podcast and reading series, Digging Through with Gessy Alvarez.

I earned an MFA from Columbia University. I’ve received support from the Fine Arts Work Center, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and the Millay Colony for the Arts, where I was a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow. I’ve hosted events at KGB Bar, NYC and The New York Society Library.

I was born in New York City, the daughter of an Ecuadorian mother and Dominican father. Though settled in New Jersey, much of my fiction is set in New York City.