Let me introduce myself


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 intimate health, surviving violence, and the politics of love. They now work for a social justice arts nonprofit with hopes of returning to academia one day soon. Their work has been included in recent anthologies published by Arsenal Pulp and Tia Chucha Press.


Ariel Estrella

At a glance

Ariel Estrella

Pronouns: they/them/theirs

Location: NYC
Current Position: Communications Associate, Groundswell
Education: Macalester College, B.A.
Specialities: Personal Essay | Literary Criticism | Graphic Design | Poetry


My published writings

  • April 2017

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

    Anthology to be 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 →

  • March 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.

  • Mar 2014

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

    Abstact: “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.”


A few of my skills and passions


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


Skilled with Photoshop, InDesign, Constant Contact, basic html, CMS management, and professional use social media platforms.


Experienced with copy writing and designing website content, invitations, zines, flyers, postcards, brochures, annual reports, press releases, and other marketing deliverables.


Focus on photorealistic portraiture with pencil, pen, and Sharpie. Greatly inspired by Kehinde Wiley, David Antonio Cruz, Caravaggio, and Vincent van Gogh.

Public Speaking

Delivered numerous speeches in both college and professional spheres to varyingly sized audiencess. Stage managed dedication events with up to 100 attendees.


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


Get in touch



Current Position

Communications Associate, Groundswell