Melissa Alvarado Sierra

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Melissa Alvarado Sierra is a writer from Puerto Rico. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The New York Times, Catapult, The Caribbean Writer, The Puerto Rico Review, ZORA and Lonely Planet.  She wrote a chapter about environmental justice and food sovereignty efforts in Vieques, PR for the book The World We Need by The New Press, out in 2021. Her book, La narrativa activista de Rosario Ferré, about literature as activism, was published the summer of 2020 from McGraw-Hill Spain. She teaches writing at Lighthouse Writer's Workshop and her book is used in different college programs in Latin America. She holds a master’s degree in Latin American literature from the University of Barcelona and an MFA in writing from SNHU. Currently, she's floating on a sailboat somewhere in the Caribbean. @melissawriting


Cover Photo: A photo of a woman with black hair moving between rows and rows of tourists in beach chairs. We can only see her back.
Hotel La Plantación

They like flirting with local women. When they’re satisfied with the season, they catch a plane and go back to gringolandia.