A heavy set adrogynous person with short, dark, curly hair, brown eyes and olive skin wears a lavander guayabera under a black leather jacket and stands in front of the lagoon at New Orleans' City Park.

Rosana Cruz is a writer, parent, social justice movement leader and intersectional feminist. They (Cruz’s singular pronoun) have lived in New Orleans for over 20 years and in that time, worked closely with numerous organizations in the struggle for racial justice, lgbtq liberation and immigrant rights. They currently serve as a Senior Fellow at Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation. Born in the US to Cuban parents, Cruz was raised by a single mother in a multi-racial community in North Miami in the 1970s and 80s. Cruz draws deeply from this experience, as well as their close ties to their remaining family members in Cuba, in their writing. They hold an MA in Latin American Studies from the Stone Center at Tulane University. Essays by Cruz have been published in hipMama, Bridge the Gulf Project , and the anthology Mamaphonic. Cruz is a 2017 VONA Voices Fellow. Their writing practice is now centered on Speculative Fiction and Afro-Futurist influenced Magical Realism.

2019 Events
Raced, Not Erased: Ghosts in Favor of Critical Theory