About

Let me introduce myself


Bio

Hailing from Queens, NYC, Ariel Estrella is a queer Latinx scholar who focuses their advocacy on fostering beloved communities.

For three years, they headed a column for their college newspaper on the politics of love. They now work for a nonprofit supporting the rights of domestic workers. Their writings has been included in recent anthologies published by Arsenal Pulp and Tia Chucha Press.

Profile

Ariel Estrella

At a glance

Ariel Estrella

Pronouns: they/them/theirs

Location: NYC
Current Position: Development Associate, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Education: Macalester College, B.A.
Specialities: Personal Essay | Literary Criticism | Graphic Design | Poetry | Collage

PORTFOLIO

My published writings


  • Upcoming

    tones of the caparazón, or: the lizard brain's response to misgendering by folks who should know better @ perhaps you are in love

    Upcoming anthology on trans people's perspectives on love. In this essay, I look at how being a survivor of violence affects my ability to understand anger, both my own and the anger I anticipate from others when I correct their misgendering.

  • May 2017

    Facing Forward: A Macalester Alumni of Color Zine (Vol 1) @ Macalester College

    Zine with words of encouragement, love, and reflection from alumni of color to graduating seniors of color. I organized, recruited, and edited submissions, and I designed the layout. Subsequent volumes will be created for every graduation year. link →

  • Apr 2017

    Two poems (“Dead Baby Drop” and “Crumble Red Into Marrow”) @ The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States

    Anthology published by Tia Chucha Press. “The Wandering Song” is the first-ever comprehensive literary survey of the Central American diaspora by a U.S. publisher. | “Push in far enough to grab at it. Palm curled / Brick. Pull as hard as I pushed. I rip it out—every / Fucking brick.” link →

  • Mar 2017

    The Not Not-Out Transqueer Transitive Property of Clothing Storage Units @ #Trans

    Anthology published in e-book form. In this humorous essay, I argue that the closet metaphor is both too singular a metaphor for how I segment my queerness online, and also inaccurate given my family's use of trash bags for storing our clothes. link → This work is also included in Hoax Zine (Issue #13). link →

  • Nov 2016

    healing exchanges: the necessity of beloved community for queer survivors of color @ The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Healthcare

    Lambda Literary Award winning anthology published by Arsenal Pulp. I demonstrate that for truly sustainable living, queer survivors of color's health must be understood alongside beloved community. My essay recognizes the kinds of health and healing that occur beyond just that which is held within a single body. link →

  • June 2016

    endearments and indictments for the trans fan imaginary @ TQ Review (vol 1)

    Lit mag published by Damaged Good Books. This essay explores the exploding creative avenue at the intersection of trans and fan online communities. I include a reflection on my own excited writings as a teen that developed into a more critical engagement as a slightly more mature fan of color. link →

  • 2012 - 2015

    Bringing Sexy Mac @ The Mac Weekly

    Weekly column for college paper. During my three-year tenure as a columnist, I wrote 55 articles on beloved community, intimate health, surviving violence, and the politics of love. Word count averaged at 1000 words per article. link →

  • May 2015

    Red Room, Big House: E L James’ Fifty Shades and The Praxis of a Neoliberal Domestic @ Macalester College

    Capstone essay and presentation as required to complete Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies undergraduate major. Written after 2.5 years of research funded by the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, I illustrate how the Fifty Shades series understands BDSM difference only as a means to support a wealth-based, heteronormative view for modern relationship constructions.

  • May 2015

    Of Scarcity and Half-Cents: Materiality and Allowances in Frederick Douglass' Narrative @ Macalester College

    Essay which received the Harry Scherman Writing Award in the category of Literary Essay, presented to best essay written by a graduating English major. In this essay I explore how The Narrative examines many sites of materiality, particularly through the theme of allowances, which I include to mean all material goods allowed to a slave by a slave owner.

  • Mar 2014

    Known (Not): Kindred and the Crisis of Intimacy across Epistemologies @ Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Journal

    Academic journal published by MMUF. In Kindred, Octavia Butler explores the subtlety of slavery’s sexual violence that cannot be accounted for within the historical record. As a traveler to the past, the narrator Dana may understand her narrative double’s conflicts with intimacy to a point. However, as I argue in this essay, Dana will never truly know the sexual violence felt within the bodies of Black slave women. link →

  • Mar 2013

    Poem (“considerations for the ergosphere”) @ Chanter

    Lit mag published by Macalester College. | “we edge a line of then—there, out—and now—a scene, a time, an impossible plane where a single word if uttered implodes the universe.”

Experience

Summary of my work


2018 - Present
DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE @ National Domestic Workers Alliance

Provides capacity for the research, cultivation, and stewardship of supporters.

2015 - 2017
COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE @ Groundswell

Oversaw community relations and marketing at NYC’s premier mural-making nonprofit.

2013 - 2015
MMUF FELLOW @ Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

Chosen as part of a cohort of five to engage in intensive graduate school preparatory course.

2013 - 2015
PROGRAMMING ASSISTANT @ Macalester College

Implemented developmental vision of the Bonner Scholars leadership workstudy program.

Tidbits

A few of my skills and passions


Advocacy

Committed to fighting the (riffing off bell hooks) ableist colonial cisheterocentric white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.

Communications

Skilled with Photoshop, InDesign, Constant Contact, basic html, Word, Google Docs, CMS management, and social media platforms.

Marketing

Experienced with copy writing and designing website content, invitations, zines, flyers, brochures, annual reports, press releases, and more.

Drawing

Focus on photorealistic portraiture with pencil, pen, and Sharpie. Greatly inspired by Kehinde Wiley, Caravaggio, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and Vincent van Gogh.

Public Speaking

Delivered numerous speeches in both intimate settings and large audiences. Stage managed events with up to 300 attendees.

NYC

Run my pulse against these streets and their brick and concrete and the veins stripping across telephone poles and the goliath artery that is the MTA.

Contact

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Location

NYC

Current Position

Development Associate, National Domestic Workers Alliance

Elsewhere