Alba Delia Hernandez

hernandezAlba Delia Hernandez is a fiction writer who has taught with Teachers & Writers Collaborative since 1997. She has taught (in English and Spanish) poetry, fiction, and non-fiction writing to students from K-12 and has also taught students with special needs. She loves to work with all her students, but she especially likes to work with students who don’t consider themselves writers. With each lesson plan she gives students tools to express themselves. “There’s a writer inside all of you,” she tells them, “and I’m going to give you a shovel, a rhyme, an ax, a metaphor, a pick, a beat, a rhyme, and more to discover your work of written art.”  She loves to see the students’ pride when they create art from something their grandmother told them underneath her breath. She was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico and raised in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

She has performed her poetry for El Museo del Barrio, Nuyorican Poets Café, Housing Works Reading Series, Hamilton College, and Teachers & Writers Poetry City. She graduated from Columbia University and received the department’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature/Writing. She also won the Bronx Council on the Arts’ First Chapter Award for her novel in progress, Hair on My Tongue. She is a yoga instructor who loves to teach students to stand on their heads for the first time—just as she loves teaching students to write that first poem.