Alejandro Varela (b. 1979) is a Brooklyn-based artist born in Queens, NY. Varela is a writer and public health enthusiast who is aware of what his average life expectancy is and what it could be. He investigates the effects of race, class, gender, and sexuality on health and social cohesion, and he is currently working on a collection of short stories The First 200 Years of Eduardo and a collection of essays entitled Notes From a Quickly Gentrifying Foxhole. His pieces were published The New Republic (2014), The Southhampton Review (2015), Pariahs Anthology, SFA Press (2016), Blunderbuss Magazine (2017), andThe Offing (2017). Varela is a recipient of Glimmer Train Press May/June Short Story Award for New Writers, Honorable Mention (2016); NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Nonfiction (2017). Varela holds a MPH from University of Washington. He is an Associate Editor at Apogee Journal.
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