Carribean Fragoza is a writer and artist from South El Monte, Calif. Growing up in the peripheries of the Greater LA region and outside of Chicano communities of East LA that have largely come to define Chicano identity, including in culture and literature, has shaped her literary approach. Rather than sticking to usual tropes of Chicanx and Latinx writing, Fragoza breaks onto new thematic territory with unique character voices and perspectives. A graduate of the Creative Writing MFA program at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Fragoza has published fiction and poetry in publications such as Alta, Air/Light, BOMB Magazine, Huizache, Entropy, Palabra Literary Magazine, and Emohippus. Her arts and culture reviews and essays have been published in online national and international magazines such as Aperture, Los Angeles Review of Books, LA Weekly, KCET, Culture Strike, and Tropics of Meta. Fragoza is the founder and co-director of the South El Monte Art Posse (SEMAP), a multidisciplinary arts collective, and is currently the co-editor of Boom California: A Journal of UC Press. Fragoza is the founder and editor of Vicious Ladies, a publication of arts and cultural criticism by BIPOC womyn-identifying writers on the West Coast. Her book, East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte, was published by Rutgers University Press in 2020, and her first book of fiction, Eat the Mouth That Feeds You, will be published by City Lights (March 2021).
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