Amalia Oliva Rojas, 2020
Amalia Oliva Rojas is a Mexican poet, performer, and theater artivist based in Nueva York. Her work centers and archives the stories, myths, and legends told by her family, community, and fellow immigrant women. Raised by oral storytellers, she strives to leave future generations stories of heartache, hope, and radical joy. Her work has been presented at Lehman College, Vassar College, Manhattan Repertory Theater, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Americas Society, Abington Theater, among others. She was a writing fellow for Pen America’s DREAMING OUT LOUD writing workshop and a lab member for New Perspectives Theater Company Women’s Work Lab. During her time at EMERGE, Amalia explored the fetishization of undocumented youth by non-profits.