Poet + Spoken Word Artist

Melania-Luisa Marte is a first generation American. 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 Afro-Dominican descent. She is also a member of the 2017 Dallas Poetry Slam Team currently ranking 5th in the nation. She has performed, featured, and competed in cities across the country. Marte was a finalist at the 2017 Texas Grand Slam Poetry Competition and ranked 5th in the 2018 Women of The World Poetry Slam Competition.

She has done speaking events, panels and shared poems at New York University, Paul Quinn College, Texas A & M University, Deep Ellum Arts Festival, National Dominican Student Conference, Women of Color in Solidarity Conference, and People Magazine, among others.

She works as a Teaching Artist and Creative Workshop Facilitator. Marte's poetry explores many subjects including her Afro-latina roots and culture, intersectional feminism, and self-love. She is currently working on her debut collection of poetry, “MELA.”