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Short Bio:

Yohanca Delgado holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University, where she teaches undergraduate writing. She is the creative nonfiction editor of FOLIO and an assistant nonfiction editor at Barrelhouse. 


Nice to meet you! Born and raised in New York, I am a first generation child of immigrants from Cuba and the Dominican Republic. I am a proud alumna of Prep for Prep and Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

For most of my post-collegiate life, I have lived overseas. Between 2008 – 2011, I lived and worked in Paris, Cairo, and San Paolo. Between 2011 and 2016, I lived and worked in Kyiv and Vilnius. I am a native Spanish speaker and have studied French, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, and Russian.

In the summer of 2016, I relocated to Washington, DC, where I am currently an MFA candidate and adjunct professor in the writing studies program at American University. I am also the editor-in-chief of AU’s Cafe MFA, the creative nonfiction editor at FOLIO, and an assistant fiction editor at Barrelhouse.

I am a proud alumna of Tin House Winter and VONA. I’m also ever-grateful to have received fellowship support from New York State Writers Institute, the Indiana Review Writers Workshop, and the Virginia C. Piper Center for Creative Writing. Last summer, I was a Peter Taylor Fellow for Fiction at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, where I had the honor of working with the wonderful AJ Verdelle. This past spring, I was a presenting fellow at Arizona University’s Desert Nights, Rising Stars conference.

Although I am primarily focused on fiction these days, my other loves include nonfiction, poetry, and literary translation. I’m also passionate about fairy tales, mythology, and classic children’s literature.