About MELA

Melania-Luisa Marte is a first generation American writer and performer. She was born in the Bronx and raised in the Lower East Side of New York City. Her multi-cultured upbringing inspires her to write about navigating the world as a native Spanish speaker of Black Dominican descent. She has performed in universities and venues across the country.

Her most viral poem “Afro-Latina” was featured by Instagram on their IG TV for National Poetry Month and has garnered over 9 million views. Her work has also been featured in Dallas Morning News, Ain’t I Latina, Curated By Facebook, and People En Español.

Marte ranked 5th at the 2018 Women of The World Poetry Slam Competition, and was just recently a finalist at the 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam Competition in San Diego, California. Her debut collection of poetry, MELA, was released last year. She works as a Teaching Artist and Creative Workshop Facilitator. Marte's poetry explores many subjects including her roots and culture, intersectional feminism, and self-love.