Yosimar Reyes, 2020 Catalyst for Change, NFA Grantee

Yosimar Reyes

  • Literature
  • Los Angeles, CA

Yosimar Reyes is a nationally-acclaimed Poet and Public Speaker born in Guerrero, Mexico, and raised in Eastside San Jose, his work explores the themes of migration and sexuality. He holds a B.A in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Yosimar’s first collection of poetry, For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly, was self-published after a collaboration with the legendary Carlos Santana. He has been published in various online journals and books including Mariposas: An Anthology of Queer Modern Latino Poetry (Floricanto Press), Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out (Cognella Press), and the forthcoming Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano & Chicano Poetry (Kórima Press). Reyes was featured in the Documentary, 2nd Verse: The Rebirth of Poetry. He is also a LAMBDA Literary Fellow as well as the recipient of the Undocupoets Fellowship. He previously served a 3 year appointment as the Artist-in-Residence at Define American- a national media and culture organization.

The Advocate named Yosimar as one of “13 LGBT Latinos Changing the World” and Remezcla included him on their list of “10 Up And Coming Latinx Poets You Need To Know.”