By Melania-Luisa Marte
One of three chapbooks produced as a part of Deep Vellum’s Central Track Writers Project.
Melania Luisa Marte is a Black writer, poet, and speaker from New York living in the Dominican Republic. Marte's poetry explores many subjects including her Caribbean roots, Black feminism, and self-love.
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, The Root, Curated By Facebook, and People En Español.
Marte ranked 5th at the 2018 Women of The World Poetry Slam Competition, and a finalist at the 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam Competition in San Diego, California. Melania’s most recent voice over work involves co-narrating novel-in-verse, Clap When You Land, by National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo. Marte’s latest commissioned work includes a commercial poem for McDonald’s “Hacer Mas” scholarship campaign as well as starring in and writing a unique poem for Facebook’s 2020 Heritage Month celebration.
When she’s not writing or performing, you can find her resting in her hammock or meditating as a self-professed nap queen. Marte’s current writing project is exploring Black preservation through land cultivation, herbalism, and naps as a bridge to connect to ancestral knowledge.
Publication date: March 30, 2021