Haydil Henriquez is an arts educator, cultural advocate, NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Program Manager and Bronx-bred poet. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Education from Swarthmore College in 2014, and has worked with communities across the Diaspora facilitating oral storytelling workshops for youth. Although Haydil does not possess a formal degree in writing, she witnessed the magic of poetry during her formative years in the spoken word community. Her writing challenges ideas of belonging and home, all the while offering a battle cry for liberation. Haydil’s poetry explores the juxtaposition of collective memory and Black erasure while creating a platform for a voice in its most transnational nature. Haydil is the inaugural Bronx Poet Laureate (June, 2021).