PEN America Chapter: Miami/South Florida

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Miami/South Florida Chapter Leaders

Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello HeadshotMarci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is a transracial adoptee and the author of Hour of the Ox (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016), which won the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, was a Bronze Medal Award Winner in The Florida Book Awards, and was a finalist for the Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award. Her co-translation of Yi Won’s The World’s Lightest Motorcycle is forthcoming from Zephyr Press in 2021. Her work has been featured in the Academy of American Poets, Best Small Fictions, Electric Literature, Kenyon Review, The New York Times, and has been anthologized in Grabbed: Poets & Writers on Sexual Assault, Empowerment & Healing (Beacon Press, 2020) and Ink Knows No Borders: Poems on the Immigrant and Refugee Experience (Seven Stories Press, 2019). The recipient of fellowships from The American Literary Translators Association and Kundiman, Cancio-Bello holds an MFA in poetry from Florida International University, where she was a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fellow. She is the poetry and children’s/YA program coordinator at Miami Book Fair.

Leslie Sainz HeadshotLeslie Sainz is a first-generation Cuban American, born and raised in Miami, FL. A finalist in the 2019 National Poetry Series Open Competition, she holds degrees in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Carnegie Mellon University. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from Kenyon ReviewAGNI, Narrative, jubilat, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of the 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and has received scholarships, fellowships, and honors from CantoMundo, the Miami Writers Institute, The Adroit Journal, and the Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts at Bucknell University.


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