Keynote Speakers

On behalf of the 24rd Annual Latinx Admit Weekend, we immensely thank all the beautiful keynote presentations.

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Natasha Carrizosa

Poet, Writer, Teacher, and Speaker

Natasha Carrizosa is a poet, writer, creative writing teacher, and speaker. Her work is deeply rooted in her childhood and life experiences. Raised as the daughter of a fierce African American mother and Mexican father, her writing reflects the dichotomy of these two rich cultures. In 2013, Natasha Carrizosa won the National Poetry Award for multicultural poet of the year. Carrizosa is the author of Mexiafricana, Heavy Light, and Crown. She has a powerful, unique voice and is able to speak about the appreciation and beauty of the diversity that lives within us all.

She has performed her work and conducted workshops for audiences in Madrid, Paris, St.Lucia, New York, Chicago, Houston, and many other places. Her love for the arts inspired the creation of Natty Roots & Rhyme– one of the most dynamic poetry open mics in the country that is light and encourages creative expression. She also teaches creative writing in Houston for Writers In The Schools, WITS, and does work for CoolSpeak– a youth engagement company. She teaches, facilitates workshops, and inspires thousands of students around the country each year.

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Danyeli Rodriguez Del Orbe

Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Cultural Expression Activist

Danyeli Rodriguez Del Orbe is a poet, spoken word artist and cultural expression activist from the Dominican Republic raised in The Bronx. In her writing, she explores womanhood/ gender, love, and migration. Her work has been featured by the Bronx Museum of Arts, Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD), People en Español, NPR, and Foot Locker. Danyeli has performed at over forty universities and venues across the United States and the Caribbean. She was a recipient of the Define American Immigrant Artist Fellowship and Grant for an upcoming film project on Dominican migration.

Danyeli self-published a collection of poetry titled, Periodicos De Ayer recently added to the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s libraries. Her most recent contribution in Somewhere We Are Human, edited by Sonia Guiñansaca and Reyna Grande, is expected to be released in June 2022. In addition to poetry, Danyeli has voice-over and podcasting experience, as heard on Afro-Punk’s documentary, Whine Di Waist For Liberation and loose accents, a co-produced/ co-hosted podcast.

When she is resting, Danyeli can be found either in Los Angeles or The Bronx, caring for her plants or baby sister.