Author: Café con Cass
Nomad in Residence at La Rosario in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico // I Write; I Heal
La Rosario, a Queer feminist collective for artists, activists, cultural entrepreneurs and art patrons in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico has been my home for three months, my second return to Puerto Rico post-Maria and a site for deep transformation and living in tropical cuir (queer) feminist living which has no gender. During my nomadic…
A Handful of Mental Health Tips and Practice for Download and Sale
Practice of Letting Go: Take a moment to listen to the loop that plays in your mind of, “If I had only done _____, then this would not have happened.” What are the consequences of trauma that you need to soften and/or let go and what belongs to the person or institution that has…
Find Your Voice Workshop in New York City, October 6th
I’ll be teaching in New York City next month and selling copies of my zine at the workshop. Rest for Resistance is online publication for QTPOC Mental Health, prose and resources. Join us in Brooklyn on Saturday 10/6 from 11 am to 4 pm. This event is for LGBTQ2IA+ people of color exclusively and is free…
Applications for CEPA Solidarity Visits to Puerto Rico are now open!
Curious to know what’s like to be at CEPA? Watch my interview with director, Melissa Rosario for a deeper look and the sound of coquis in the background.
In Process at Vermont Studio Center as a Writer in Residence with the Displaced Artist Fund
I was waiting to move to Puerto Rico to be an artist in residence at La Rosario in September 2017 when an unexpected surgery delayed my departure and Hurricane Maria made landfall. I write about this in a piece called the Puerto Rican Diaspora is Emotionally Flooded that was published on NPR Latino and Rest…
5 Steps to Interdependent Living Desde Puerto Rico y Visita de Solidaridad @CEPA
We have theories in the diaspora of what it would be like to come home, and there are theories in Puerto Rico of what is it like to live in the states, and a migration in between that is connected by physical and metaphysical threads. We create hubs and spaces, but it wasn’t until I…
May the Children of Borikén Remember Their Own Waters, and Never Go Against Them
We are more than beaches or the white man’s imagined Guam or West Palm. We are more than sexualized stereotypes and two genders. So are our island siblings of the Antilles. In a not so distant past, we lived without borders, until colonizers enforced them versus integrated with the land and its children.
New Year, New Business
On my last day working as a Staff Assistant at African and African American Studies, Professor Mugane, Director of Harvard’s African Language Program told me, “Leave the feeling of being overlooked behind you.” I thought about those words today, in the wake of rebranding and a blog reboot for an amazing client that I am working with.…
Mourning the loss of Stephen Hawking at the Intersection my Heart, Logic and work at Harvard
Stephen Hawking, visionary physicist and humanitarian, has died at the age of 76. I am taking pause to remember his life and the brief time I spent with him while working at Harvard Physics. In the words of Neil Degrasse, “His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it’s not empty. Think…
Seed, Root + Bloom: Sharing Medicine in Community and Professional Spaces
“You have a fierce way of moving through the world that is both gentle and soft, full of fire,” are words I received from my amigx during my interview process for the Seed + Root + and Bloom Apprenticeship. It is with great excitement that I answer the call to be in community to work…