Desirée Alvarez is a New York-based writer born in New York, NY. Alvarez’s experience of the world as a visual artist drives her work; she is interested in pushing the boundaries of how we visually experience words, language, and meaning. Published journals include Black Renaissance Noire (2012); The Iowa Review (2012); and Prairie Schooner (2011). Readings and plays produced include June BLT Salon, Brooklyn, NY (2013); Poets House Emerging Poets Residency Reading, Poets House (2012); and The Three Muses Poetry Series, The Juilliard School (2012) with Emily Fragos and Alice Friman.

Alvarez’s awards include Poets House Emerging Poets Residency Fellowship (2012); the Glenna Luschei Award, Prairie Schooner, University of Nebraska (2012); and a Pushcart Prize nomination (2012). Alvarez received her M.F.A. from School of Visual Arts and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.