Poet, Scholar, and Teacher
MT Vallarta is the 2022-2023 Guarini Dean's Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian American Studies with an appointment in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Dartmouth College. They received their Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside. They research and teach courses covering Critical Ethnic Studies, Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, and Contemporary Filipinx Poetics.
Their dissertation, Knowing, Feeling: Toward a Queer Filipinx Poetics, investigates the anti-imperialist tradition of queer Filipinx poetry, how this critical art practice incites and aggravates our capacity for transformative change and is fundamental to political mobilization. Their research has appeared in
A Pushcart Prize nominee, MT is also a poet and the author of What You Refuse to Remember, winner of Harbor Edition's 2022 Laureate Prize, forthcoming October 2023. Their microchapbook, The Science of Flowers, was published under Blanket Sea Press. Their poetry and creative non-fiction are also published in
- Blanket Sea Magazine
- Nat. Brut
- Apogee Journal
- Rabbit Catastrophe Review
- TAYO Literary Magazine
- and others.
They have received awards and fellowships from Kundiman, the Chair in Transgender Studies at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada, and Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. (PAWA).
They were raised in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles and currently live in White River Junction, VT. For inquires, please email them at [email protected].