About me

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Claudia Rojas is a poet and educator with a BA in English from George Mason University. She has never had a dog or a house of her own, but knows these are in her future. She is also a panda enthusiast. Though born in El Salvador, she has a firmer grip on America as she has lived in the Washington, DC area since 2001–do the math, that’s nearly an entire life.

She speaks English and Spanish, and her poetry is often bilingual in nature. She discovered a soft spot for fixed forms late 2015. Find her poems online through The Acentos Review; forthcoming work in Poetry is Dead and The Bookends Review.

With her creative mind and peculiar personality, she will make your choice of tagging along worthwhile. For an introduction post, check out this first post.

Key Events:

2001

She immigrates into the U.S. and at age 7, she already holds a work permits that complements her Temporary Protection Status immigration status.

2010

During Claudia’s freshman and sophomore year of high school, she is an active student: she joins the Poetry Club, the Gay-Straight Alliance, the school chorus, and lunch time Book Club. She makes appearances at Robotics and the Anime Club. Additionally, she spends time after-school at the art & ceramics studio. She applies to early college in the spring to find academic challenge.

2011

During Claudia’s first year of college, she is a member of the Latino Student Alliance and the Owl’s Nest Coalition, a group dedicated to supporting all identity groups. The spring semester, she becomes a member of the Campus Sustenance Committee– a small group of faculty, professors, and students determined to see the Simon’s Rock campus at its most green. She also becomes a part-time member of the student run creative writing group.

2012

Turns out, Claudia’s small college has never dealt with a student holding her immigration status. Her funds are revoked in the spring.

She takes her GED over the summer. She enrolls full-time in community college. Claudia begins to write about her journey to complete the many years of school ahead.

2014

Claudia appeals out-of-state classification and transfers to George Mason University as a part-time student. She studies English with a focus in creative writing. She offers her storytelling and poetry talent to Mason DREAMERS, an advocacy group for immigrants.

2017

Finally, Claudia completes her Bachelor’s in English with a concentration in creative writing and graduates a proud George Mason University alumna.

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