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Author & Speaker

Breaking Out Of The Margins

New Release

As I Am / Soy como soy (2023)

As I Am / Soy Como Soy redefines the meaning of what it is to be someone who lives with a disability despite always being under the lens of discrimination simply for being different.

To underscore its literary and disability-empowered strengths, As I Am / Soy Como Soy was released on July 30th, the week of the ADA’s 33rd anniversary.

The book features:

  • Forward by Rhina P. Espaillat, writer, poet, & translator

  • Literary analysis by Edgar Smith, poet & editor

  • Cover design & artist statement by Hector Escalante Rivera



  • a back cover review by Jason Fogler, Ph.D., Director of Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) at Boston Children’s Hospital & assistant Professor of Pediatrics and psychology at Harvard Medical School. 

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About Me

Cristina Cortez is a first-generation Latin-American poet born to immigrant parents. She holds a B.A. in English, Creative Writing & Literature, and History with Minors in Latin American & Caribbean Studies with Honors & Distinction from Hofstra University (2015), and a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Poetics, from the University of Washington Bothell (2018). Her thesis, Un-bound is a cross-genre memoir about living life with a disability. She was a speaker at TEDx Everett (March 2017).

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