Ariel Estrella is a queer Latine scholar hailing from Queens, NYC who focuses their advocacy on fostering beloved communities.
For three years, they headed a column for their college newspaper on the politics of love. After graduating, they worked in community-based arts and labor nonprofit organizations. They are now pursing a doctoral English degree with a focus on queer of color lyricism. Their writings have been included in anthologies published by Arsenal Pulp and Tia Chucha Press.
Anthology on trans people's perspectives on love. Here, 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. link →
Zine series offering 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. vol i → & vol ii →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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.
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 →
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.”
Pursuing an English doctoral degree, with an emphasis on queer of color lyricism.
Provided capacity for the research, cultivation, and stewardship of supporters.
Oversaw community relations and marketing at NYC’s premier mural-making nonprofit.
Chosen as part of a cohort of five to engage in intensive graduate school preparatory course.
Committed to fighting the (riffing off bell hooks) ableist colonial cisheterocentric white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.
Skilled with Photoshop, InDesign, Constant Contact, basic html, Word, Google Docs, CMS management, and social media platforms.
Experienced with copy writing and designing website content, invitations, zines, flyers, brochures, annual reports, press releases, and more.
Focus on collage and portraiture. Greatly inspired by Kehinde Wiley, Caravaggio, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and Vincent van Gogh.
Delivered numerous speeches in both intimate settings and large audiences. Stage managed events with up to 300 attendees.
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.