ROBERTO F. SANTIAGO, MFA
Based in: New York, New York USA Email: theRFSantiago@gmail.com
Rutgers University: Newark, NJ Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Poetry, May 2012
Program Concentration: Cultural Translation: Theory and Praxis
Master’s Thesis: “Angel Park: A Collection of Poetry”
Sarah Lawrence College: Bronxville, NY
Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies and Creative Writing, December 2009
Focus: Performance Studies
The Salzburg Seminar: Salzburg, Austria
Study Abroad, Globalization and Civil Society, April 2007
Focus: Political Philosophy and Development
Lead Academic Advisor
A.E. Smith Campus Young Adult Borough Center/East Side House Settlement Bronx, NY
In the efforts of engendering a supportive learning environment for over-age and under-credited youth, I provide social-emotional as well as professional and academic advisement for a group of advisors as well as over 250 students. Through crafting an advisory curriculum, as well as elective courses in writing and dance, I engage students with civic and community building project as a means of equipping them the skills to succeed in higher education and professional careers. I conduct daily attendance outreach as well as weekly counseling sessions providing feedback to students on academic performance through the maintenance of student records to ensure milestones are being met. I also serve as creative editor for school blog and copy editor for all official school publications.
Early Position(s): Student Advisor 8/12 – 10/13
Courses Taught: The Advisory Seminar; Modern Dance; Creativity and Critical Thought
Adjunct Lecturer, English Composition
Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York New York, NY
Developed and instructed seminar courses focused on developing analytical and creative writing based on various literary genres and journalistic techniques through an interdisciplinary lens. Instruction is provided in recognizing and assessing the argumentative and rhetorical strategies of other writers and in students effectively constructing well-informed, sophisticated, and logical essays, whilst maintaining their own voice and synthesizing increasingly complex academic essays.
Courses Taught: English Composition 101; English Composition 201
August 2010-June 2012
Rutgers University Newark, NJ
Developed and instructed seminar courses focused on developing analytical and creative writing based on various literary genres and journalistic techniques through an interdisciplinary lens. Through a series of sequenced assignments, emphasis is placed on writing as a multifaceted process, which includes drafting, revising, and editing writings. Instruction is provided in recognizing and assessing the argumentative and rhetorical strategies of other writers and in students effectively constructing well-informed, sophisticated, and logical essays, whilst maintaining their own voice and synthesizing increasingly complex academic essays.
Courses Taught: English Composition 101; English Composition 102
Inter-Group Dialogue Facilitator
September 2007-December 2009
Office of Student Affairs, Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville, NY
Coordinated events on campus regarding issues of diversity and community engagement through the development and facilitation of activities and lessons on identity, inclusion, and community development. Through moderating communications as a liaison between the student body and the administration, I developed sustainable and inclusive recruitment strategies for Inter-Group Dialogues.
EquAsian Peer Mentor
April 2010-October 2010
Asian and Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA) New York, NY
As a community liaison for public health outreach initiatives, I created activities and directed workshops regarding issues of health and sexuality through the arts while developing and maintaining a database of program participants and project efficacy.
Program Associate/Poet-In-Residence August 2009 – Present
Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance Bronx, NY
As Poet-In-Residence, I coordinated and participated in poetry readings and performances, served as a liaison between Sarah Lawrence College and community organizations, facilitated community outreach via social networks, and maintained press clippings.
PUBLICATIONS AND AWARDS:
Butterworth-McDermott,Christine (head editor). Gingerbread House Literary Magazine. “Que Crean Lo Que Quieran.” New York: 28 February 2014. Internet.
MacAllen, Ian (editor). English Kills Review: New York, Books, and Authors.
“The Problem With HIV-Prevention.” New York: 2 Dec 2013. Internet.
Hadas, Rachel. Interview by Nin Andrews. “Nin Andrews Interviews Rachel Hadas.”
CavanKerry Press, New York: 6 Feb 2013. Internet.
Hadas, Rachel (editor). The Waiting Room Reader II: Stories and Poems To Keep You
Company. “Collecting Spanishes.” Ft. Lee, NJ: CavanKerry Press, 2013. Print.
Johnson, Ice G., and Jane Ormerod (editors). Gape-seed. “(p)pression & Writer’s Block.”
New York: Uphook Press, 2011. Print.
Simmonds, Kevin (editor). Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion &
Spirituality. “Yemaya Barefoot at Orchard Beach .”Alexander, Ark: Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011. Print.
Torres, Justin, and Roberto F. Santiago. Interview by Nina Terrero. “Mami, I’m Gay.”
NBC: New York: 26 May 2012. Internet.
Xavier, Emanuel (editor). Me No Habla With Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry.
“Save the Date, The Funambulist, I Have Never Been Loyal, Breathalyzer and Self-Portrait of a Boy Kicked-Out of His House.” New York: Rebel Satori Press Museo del Barrio, 2011. Print.
Vázquez, Charlie (editor). The Best of PANIC! ¡En vivo from the East Village! “And
Then We Kissed, Carrier, and Say Yes.” New York: Fireking Press, 2010. Print.
January 2014: Concordia University HIV/AIDS: Aspects of the Pandemic Guest Speaker January 2011: Alfred C. Carey Award for Poetry
2010-2012: Rutgers University Writing Fellowship
Spring 2009: Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance Poet-in-Residence
Spring 2006: Salzburg Seminar Fellowship