Clarissa Leon

  • Visiting Lecturer

Clarissa A. León is a writer and journalist originally from Reno, Nevada and now based in Pittsburgh. She teaches courses in introductory composition and professional editing for undergraduates at the University of Pittsburgh.

Her literary work can be found most recently in Aster(ix) Journal where she worked as the managing editor of the award-winning publication founded by Angie Cruz and Adriana E. Ramírez. She now provides editorial support for their podcast, Charla Cultural.

She is an alumna of the VONA/Voices and Lighthouse Writers workshops, and has had her work published in Newsweek & The Daily Beast, The Nation, and Salon among many others. Currently she is working on a manuscript about her Colombian family that seeks to answer questions, both personal and political, about belonging, attachment, identity, and home. 

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