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Florencia Milito

Florencia Milito is a bilingual poet whose work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Indiana Review, Catamaran, Diálogo, 92nd Street Y, Quiet Lightning, Ninth Letter, Latinas: Struggles & Protests in 21st Century USA, Zócalo Public Square, GUEST, and This Wandering State: Poems from Alta, among others. A Hedgebrook and Community of Writers alumna and San Francisco Writers Grotto and CantoMundo fellow, her writing has been influenced by her early experience fleeing the U.S.-supported 1976 coup in Argentina, subsequent childhood in Venezuela, and immigration to the United States at the age of nine.

In 2011, she was a reader at the Festival Internacional de Poesía de Rosario. In 2020, she read virtually at the 8th Winter Warmer Poetry Festival in Cork, Ireland. Her bilingual poem Song of Transformation was featured in the UC Berkeley Arts Research Center’s Fall 2021 Flash Reading Series. Her bilingual collection Ituzaingó: Exiles and Reveries / exilios y ensueños, based on an earlier manuscript named a Gold Line Press Poetry Chapbook Competition finalist in 2018, was published in 2021 by Nomadic Press and reviewed by Urayoán Noel in ‘La Treintena’ 2021: 30+ Books & Chapbooks of Latinx Poetry. Her chapbook Sor Juana, published by Gunpowder Press in 2023, won the Alta California Chapbook Prize and was included in Urayoán Noel’s ‘La Treintena’ 2023: 30 (Something) Books of Latinx Poetry.

Florencia is also a translator, creative writing and composition educator, and mother. Having lived in far too many places, including her beloved New York, she lived longest in the Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco, the city where her two daughters were born. In 2022, her family relocated to Davis, California. Strongly connected to the Bay Area, she misses the ocean and city, and seeks refuge in trees, especially a golden ginkgo (árbol de la memoria).

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