The CIB Artistic Development and Research Assistant is a dynamic opportunity for graduate candidates whose work is engaged with notions of borders and CIB values and initiatives. This candidate will work closely with CIB guests before and during their visits, studying their work, as well as contributing to the shape of CIB events and initiatives. The Borderlands Poetry and Reading Series will be under their leadership as they work with their MFA cohort to create the series trajectory. In addition, under the umbrella of “Imagination in the Borderlands,” the candidate will work alongside the CIB director to design a new upper level undergraduate course informed by their own research and creative thesis questions—this is an exciting and innovative way for the CIB to broaden its perspectives and to share necessary experiences with our undergraduate student body.

Cari Muñoz

Cari Muñoz is a queer poet born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. They received their B.A. in Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Their honors include the 2020 Gary Young's Dizikes Award, Reyna Grande Scholarship, 2022 Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Award, and The Virginia G. Piper fellowship for Cultural Exchange in the Literary Arts. Their work has appeared in such publications as Red Wheelbarrow Anthology, SALT Literary Journal, Queer Rain Anthology, and more. Muñoz is currently an M.F.A. Candidate at Arizona State University where they are the 2022-2023 Artistic Development & Research Assistant for the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands at ASU.