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Icess Fernandez Rojas

Icess Fernandez Rojas is a journalist, blogger, teacher, and writer. She earned her BA in Communications from the University of Houston and her MFA from Goddard College. Her journalism has been published in USAToday and


Her commentary has been published in Huffington Post and the Guardian. Her fiction has been anthologized in Soul’s Road: A Fiction Collection and published in literary journals including Minerva Rising and The Fem Lit Magazine.


She is the most recent recipient of the Owl of Minerva Award, which allowed her to create a writing retreat for Afro­Latina writers. In addition she is a 2015 VONA/Voices of Our Nation Foundation alum. She most recently read at the Nuestra Palabra anniversary showcase. When she is not writing, she is teaching others to write as an assistant professor of English at Lone Star College.