Gessy Alvarez is 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, and a chapbook series. She also hosts the podcast Digging Through with Gessy Alvarez, and The Lit Revue reading series at Room 31 Arlo NoMad Hotel. She’s hosted events at KGB Bar and The New York Society Library.

Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in The Acentos Review, Sunlight Press, Hobart, Asteri(x), Lunch Ticket, Volume One Brooklyn, Feminine Collective, and other publications. Her short story collection Taste the World on Your Skin (now titled “Love the Abyss”) was a finalist for the 2018 Katherine Anne Porter Prize. Love the Abyss is a semi-finalist for the Hudson Prize in 2022 (Black Lawrence Press). Excerpts from her novel Last Kingdom in Astoria can be found in Volume 1 Brooklyn and Substack.

She earned an MFA from Columbia University and has received support from the Fine Arts Work Center, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and the Millay Colony for the Arts, where she was a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow.

Her fiction explores the complex relationships between mothers, fathers, daughters, and lovers, excavating the conflicts between tradition and modernity, freedom, and sacrifice. She is particularly interested in Latinx stories where the characters live between languages, traditions, and cultures, side-stepping around the meanings of home, origin, and fate. And confronting the ideological barriers placed by friends, family, and society.

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