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.

Maritza N. Estrada

Maritza N. Estrada was born in Toppenish, Washington, to Mexican parents, and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She earned her BFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at the University of Nebraska Omaha, where she received a full academic scholarship as a Buffett scholar. Estrada is currently residing in Tempe as an MFA candidate in Creative Writing (Poetry) and teaches at Arizona State University. She is the 2020 – 2021 Artistic Development & Research Assistant for the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands, a humanities division of The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at ASU, created by MacArthur Fellow Natalie Diaz. Estrada is a 2020 CantoMundo Fellow. Her honors and awards include the 2019 Virginia G. Piper Creative Research Fellowship & Creative Engagement Fellowship, winner of the Aleida Rodriguez Memorial Award, Mabelle A. Lyon Poetry Award, Swarthout Award in Poetry, alumna in the 2019 Tin House Winter Workshop and 2018 Winter Tangerine workshop at Poets House. Her work can be found in The Offing, Pidgeonholes, Blue Mesa Review, Río Grande Review, The Flat Waters Stirs: An Anthology of Emerging Nebraska Poets, Misbehaving Nebraskans Anthology, and 13th Floor Magazine.