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Lorraine Avila is an Afro-Kiskeyana born and raised in the Bronx. A literacy educator. A lifelong storyteller. 8 in a line up of 10 paternal siblings. Lover of sweets, mangos, and platanos. A seeker of truth, pleasure, and joy. Avila’s mission is to break free from generational trauma by continuing to rupture the traditions of silence. Daughter. Sister. Prima. Teacher + Friend.

Avila has a BA from Fordham University in English and Middle East studies with a minor in Creative Writing and an MA in Teaching from New York University. For the past six years, she has been a New York certified educator; she has taught early childhood education and elementary and secondary school. In 2019, she became one of The Wing Scholarship Program's recipients. Her writing has been published in Asteri(x) Journal, Hippocampus Magazine, Moko Magazine, The GirlMob, La Galeria Magazine, and Blavity.

Lorraine currently resides in the Bronx, New York.