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Nic Rodriguez Villafañe

Second-year PhD Student


Nic Rodriguez Villafañe is a second-year PHD student. As a nonbinary, Florida raised, Philly based Boricua, they are a writer, educator, DJ and brujx in the Luccumi practice. For more than a decade they have served communities as an organizer and researcher in social justice movements. Their scholarship explores phenomenological impacts of diaspora Boricua and Afro Caribbean performance arts. A former Leeway Foundation Arts & Change grant recipient, their writing has been featured in an array of creative, academic, and editorial publications such as; The Philadelphia Inquirer, NASW Press Journal For Social Work, and The Gordian Review. Nic holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University Newark. Some of their current creative projects include; serving as a co-editor for Sana, Sana: Latinx Pain and Radical Visions for Healing & Justice an anthology which will be published by Common Notions Press July 2023, they are a musical collaborator and sound designer for Eso No Tiene Nombre, a woman show created and performed by award winning poet Denice Frohman at Intercultural Journeys theatre, and are finishing their debut manuscript of poetry.



MFA in Creative Writing, Rutgers University Newark