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River is a changemaker and storyteller whose research, speaking, writing, and performance reimagine the margins as sites of possibility, honoring both tradition and innovation. They have spoken on themes of identity and inclusion at prestigious universities such as Chicago, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, as well as the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. Their latest poetry collection, HAMPI, explores their reconnection to the Andean cosmovision. River is a passionate advocate against racism and LGBTQIA2S+ discrimination. With a strong commitment to community care, River inspires and uplifts those around them, and continues to make a meaningful impact in the world. River is proudly Ecuadorian-American, qhariwarmi, and disabled. They are based in Orlando, Florida.

River Coello

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