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Karla Cordero is a descendant of the Chichimeca peoples from Northern Mexico, a Chicana poet, educator, and activist, raised along the borderlands of Calexico, CA. She is a 2 time Pushcart nominee and offered fellowships from VONA, Macondo, The Loft Literary Center, CantoMundo, and Pink Door Retreat.
Karla teaches creative writing and composition at San Diego City College and MiraCosta College, receiving recognitions such as the San Diego State University Global Diversity Award and Associate Faculty of the Year for education and social justice.
Her commitment to bridging education and community is further practiced as the founder of Voice 4 Change: a spoken word showcase, inviting nationally award winning writers to share their narratives of survival and celebration for diversity through performance and workshop facilitation.
She is the founder and editor of SpitJournal, an online literary review for poetry and social justice, a space where artists share their activism and artistry on a national scale.
In addition, as a performing artist, Karla is the 2013 Gland Slam Champion, aiding the Elevated San Diego Slam Team to rank 4th in the nation at the National Poetry Slam Competition. She has been invited to perform for television networks such as NBC 7 San Diego Art Pulse, TBN Juice Live, and the Old Globe Theater.
Karla is the the author of the chapbook, Grasshoppers Before Gods (Dancing Girl Press 2016) and the full-length collection titled, How To Pull Apart The Earth (NOT A CULT. 2018) which is recognized as a 2019 San Diego Book Award winner and awarding-winning finalist for the 2019 International Book Awards.