About Adriana

Long Bio

Adriana E. Ramírez is a Mexican-Colombian nonfiction writer, storyteller, critic, and performance poet based in Pittsburgh. 

She’s the winner of the 2015 PEN/Fusion Emerging Writer’s Prize, which is given to recognize a promising writer under age 35 for an unpublished work of nonfiction that addresses a global or multicultural issue, for her nonfiction novella, Dead Boys (Little A, 2016).

In 2016, she was named “Critic At Large” by the Los Angeles Times’ Book Section.

Her writing has also appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary HubGuernica/ PEN AmericaConvolutionHEArt, Apogee, and Nerve.com.

She is the author of two small-press poetry books—The Swallows (Blue Sketch Press, reissued 2016) and Trusting in Imaginary Spaces (Tired Hearts Press, 2010)—as well as the nonfiction editor of DISMANTLE (Thread Makes Blanket Press, 2014).

Ramírez co-founded Aster(ix) Journal in 2013 with novelist Angie Cruz. Aster(ix) is a literary arts journal dedicated to social justice, as well as giving voice to the censored and the marginalized.

Once a nationally ranked slam poet, she co-founded the Pittsburgh Poetry Collective (home of the Steel City Slam) and Nasty Slam, while continuing to perform on stages around the country. She was featured in the 2014 Legends of Poetry Slam Showcase and TEDxHouston, as well as the 2016 Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Born in Mexico City, she grew up in McAllen, TX and is a graduate of both Rice University (B.A. English) and the University of Pittsburgh (MFA in Nonfiction Writing). She then went on to teach at the University of Pittsburgh as a lecturer and visiting lecturer in the writing program for almost a decade. Ramírez taught in the MFA program at Carlow University and now spends her time writing full time.

She is VONA alum, a perpetually-disappointed fan of Mexican soccer, and a lover of large bodies of water.  She lives with her husband and two adorable dogs that are probably fighting each other right now. She’s currently into vegetable gardening, planning bike rides that never happen, and collecting pop culture figurines. She’ll rarely say no to a taco. Or a margarita.

Her debut full-length nonfiction book, The Violence, is forthcoming from Scribner (2018).

Short Bio

Adriana E. Ramírez is a Mexican-Colombian writer, critic, and performance poet based in Pittsburgh. She won the inaugural PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize in 2015 for her novella-length work of nonfiction,  Dead Boys (Little A, 2016), and in 2016 she was named Critic at Large for the Los Angeles Times Book Section. Her essays and poems have also appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica/PEN America, Literary HubConvolution, HEArt, Apogee, and on Nerve.com. Once a nationally ranked slam poet, she cofounded the Pittsburgh Poetry Collective and continues to perform on stages around the country. She and novelist Angie Cruz founded Aster(ix) Journal, a literary journal giving voice to the censored and the marginalized. Her debut full-length work of nonfiction, The Violence, is forthcoming from Scribner.

Shortest Bio

Adriana E. Ramírez is an award-winning nonfiction writer, storyteller, critic, and performance poet based in Pittsburgh. More information on her can be found at aeramirez.com.