Melania-Luisa Marte is a first generation American. She was born and raised in the Lower East Side of New York City. Her multi-cultured upbringing inspires her to write about navigating the world as a native Spanish speaker of Afro-Dominican descent. She is also a member of the 2017 Dallas Poetry Slam Team currently ranking 5th in the nation. She has performed, featured, and competed in cities across the country. Marte represented Dallas in the 2017 Women of The World Poetry Slam Competition. She is currently working as a Yoga and Wellness Teaching Artist and Creative Workshop Facilitator with the Dallas Poetry Slam. Marte's poetry explores many subjects including her Afro-latina roots and culture, intersectional feminism, and self-love.