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Alex Avila, a native New Yorker, hails from the Bronx, New York City. A Black Latino Honduran, he explores issues of identity and biculturalism in his works of prose and poetry. He is a Cal State University creative writing MFA graduate, with a specialty in multifarious prose performance i.e. digital storytelling. Alex serves as an editor and writer of Ghost Town, the national literary. He was accepted into the Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop, one of the top writing programs in the United States, where he studied advanced poetics. In 2006, Mr. Avila attended the University Of Iowa on a scholarship, in the department of social work. Alex is a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key International Honor Society, and Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society.

Mr. Avila has worked with Rickerby Hinds, playwright and professor from the University of California, Riverside as a co-writer for Buckworld One, Uncovered: A Pageant of Hip Hop Masters,and Uncovered 2. He also worked with Maura Townsend on Project 21Dance. Mr. Avila has authored Nina Simone Tribute, Katrina Dedication poetry and Black History Civil Rights poetry, dance performances, and also performed with Rev. Bronica Martindal’s The Last Emancipation.  

In 2014, he was a featured performer at the Latino Health Equity Conference in Long Beach, California. In 2014 and 2016, Alex presented at the annual conference for the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). Passionate about people, Alex Avila has organized and worked with communities around issues regarding homelessness, HIV/AIDS, immigration, health, educational and economic inequality, youth services, art in public places, and environmental justice. He has served as an editor for The Pacific Review Magazine. Mr. Avila has published five books. The book Never Say Die, (2006, Kirk House Pub.) is an expression from the urban youth of San Bernardino, and those who attend the Central City Lutheran Mission Church.  As the Cultural Director for Central City Lutheran Mission he facilitated book projects through poetry, photos, and illustrations, writing workshops, the books gives voice to the young people of his community, where life is fragile and death walks the streets.

Recently, Alex has worked as a teacher for Professor Delgado’s Student and Coyotes: Instruction in Poetry and Prose class, and has filmed a documentary about the experience. Alex is the CEO of a film, photography and social media consulting company called Avila Production. Mr. Avila is the CEO of a grassroots organization called 4e, which launched and assisted with the historical successful recall of elected officials in San Bernardino, California. Alex has worked with youth from juvenile hall in support of their needed academics for graduation.

Mr. Avila is currently a motivational speaker for English Learners in the San Bernardino school district and is an English professor at Cal State University, San Bernardino.

PBS Interview
PBS Interview

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