Born in Los Angeles to Salvadoran immigrants, JANEL PINEDA is a poet, activist, and literary scholar whose family fled the U.S.-sponsored Salvadoran Civil War. A first-generation college graduate, Janel earned a BA in English from Dickinson College, where she led Exiled Poetry Society, served as editor-in-chief of The Dickinson Review, and co-founded a Latina Discussion Group. She is an editor and translator for La Piscucha Magazine and has performed her poetry internationally in both English and Spanish, most recently as part of Festival Internacional de Poesia Amada Libertad in El Salvador. Janel’s poems have been published in Latino Book Review, wildness, and The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States, among others. Additionally, her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Los Angeles Magazine, and Teen Vogue. She has studied literature at the University of Oxford and is a 2019 Marshall Scholar. In fall 2019, Janel will be pursuing an MA in Creative Writing and Education at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research interests include transnational migrant narratives, postmemorial trauma, twentieth century and contemporary Central American literature, and the healing capacities of creative writing and literature.

Janel is currently based in Los Angeles, CA. Follow her on Twitter.