MUSE TO MUSE
with Naomi Ayala
Ayala works as an education consultant, freelance writer, and
teacher, and is a Visiting Humanities Scholar for Hermana a
Hermana/Sister to Sister. Until recently, she served as Co-Chair
of the Board of Directions of Teaching for Change: Building
Social Justice, Starting in the Classroom. She is the author of
Wild Animals on the Moon (Curbstone Press, 1997) – selected by
the New York City Public Library as one of 1999’s Books for
the Teen Age.
Her work has appeared in numerous publications – most
recently, in Feminist Teacher and The Washington Post’s Book
World; Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, Saheb Ghalam Daily, Hostos
Review/Revista Hostoniana, Gargoyle, MARGIN: Exploring Modern
Magical Realism, Saranac Review, and Tiger Tail, as well as in
several anthologies of contemporary Latino writing (including
Boriquén to Diasporican: Puerto Rican Poetry from Aboriginal
Times to the New Millenium, and First Flight: 24 Latino Poets).
Her translations of poetry have appeared both in the U.S. and
Naomi Ayala has also been the recipient of several awards and
recognitions (among them, the Larry Neal Writers Award for
Poetry, a Trailblazer Arts Award, The Martin Luther King, Jr.
Legacy of Environmental Justice Award, and has received U.S.
Congressional Recognition for her work in the arts). Naomi Ayala
has also been the recipient of two individual artists’
fellowships from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities
(2005 and 2003). She
lives in Washington, DC.