Meet Our Emcee
Yesika Salgado is a Los Angeles-based Salvadoran poet who writes about her family, culture, city, and fat body.
Salgado is a leading voice in poetry, both in performance and social media. She has garnered a large online following across multiple social media platforms through her poetry and her determination to make poetry accessible to everyone in everyday scenarios. Her combined following stretches out to over 200,000 readers. She is the co-founder of Chingona Fire, a poetry collective that curates and hosts poetry-based events in Los Angeles serving Women and Nonbinary folks of color. She is also a long-time production staff member of Da Poetry Lounge, the country's largest running weekly poetry venue.
She is a two-time National Poetry Slam finalist, Long Beach Slam Champion, and recipient of the 2020 International Latino Book Award in Poetry. Her work has been taught in the curricula of the most prestigious universities in the nation and continues to gain traction as a staple of modern poetry taught in schools.
Yesika’s work has been celebrated and featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Teen Vogue, Univision, HBO, CNN, NPR, TEDx, Spotify, Sundance Film Festival, and many more. She has successfully partnered and created with Planned Parenthood, Voto Latino, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, CARECEN, LA County Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library, and countless community centers and organizations in California.
She is an internationally recognized body-positive activist and the writer of the columns Suelta for Remezcla and Relaciones for R29 Somos. Yesika is the author of the best-sellers Corazón, Tesoro, and Hermosa, published with Not a Cult Media, and is represented by Folio Literary Management.