Fall 2021 PPEH Artist in Residence
2021 - 2021
Edyka Chilomé is a Poet and cultural worker currently based east of the Arkikosa River (North Texas). She is a queer indigenous mestiza child of migrant activists from the occupied lands of the Zacateco (Mexico) as well as Lenca (El Salvador) people and was raised in grassroots migrant justice movements grounded in the tradition of spiritual activism. Edyka holds a B.A. in social and political philosophy with an emphasis on social justice from Loyola University Chicago and an M.A. in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies from Texas Women's University where her studies focused on Women of Color theory and Indigenous epistemologies. Edyka has been featured and asked to share her poetry and speak on multiple media platforms and in spaces around the country and Latin America including TEDx, NPR, GLAAD, The Tucson Poetry Festival, GOOGLE, Prindle Institute for Ethics, The Lincoln Center in New York, Remezcla, Palabritas at Harvard University, The American Family Therapy Academy, The Texas Democratic Convention, her homegirls back yards, kitchen tables, and street corners. She has produced and published numerous articles, essays, plays, and poems including her newest bilingual collection of poetry "El Poemario del Colibrí / The Hummingbird Poems", an intimate look at healing in diaspora as spiritual resistance. Edyka is a 2018 - 2019 Intercultural Leadership Institute Fellow and an inaugural fellow in the 2020 Black, Indigenous, People of Color Screenwriting Lab created by LA-based organization Justice For My Sister. Most recently Edyka was the recipient of the 2021 Sundance Institute Uprise Grant. Her current project, titled Earthroot: a revolution blooming, is an on-screen adaptation of her co-written indigenous futurist play Where Earth Meets The Sky.