As I Am / Soy com 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.
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).