Speaking and Coaching

ELAC Obed Silva class fall 2018

With students at East Los Angeles Community College in Obed Silva’s class. Nov. 10, 2018.

Speaking Engagements

For over 18 years, I’ve connected with students, faculty, and families at colleges, conferences, and community events and discussed:


  • Class, education, and social inequities
  • Complex queer identities
  • Diversity and equity for students on college campuses
  • Feminism
  • Intersectionality
  • Multilingual writing
  • Writing as a political act
  • Writing towards our strengths and beauty, against harm

To invite me to speak, teach a workshop, or a combination of both, please contact my speaker’s bureau Colectivo Miresa to discuss event details: https://www.miresacollective.com/booking

Colectivo Miresa / Miresa Collective is a group of writers of color invested in intersectionality, mutual aid, and aesthetic range. We believe abundance, courage, friendship, and self-determination are our markers for sustainable success. Through teaching, writing, working, and sociality, we change entrenched ways of thinking in ourselves and others, authoring our own stories. Through our books, workshops, and talks, we create spaces of radical community.

To reach my literary agent

Please contact the brilliant and talentedJulia Kardon, at HSG Agency, New York, NY.

Writing coach

 I’m a storyteller who provides encouragement, ideas, and paths to persisting through difficulty and using writing to be the self-determined and tellers of our own stories. For over 20 years I’ve worked in social justice and education, cultivating a writing and publishing practice grounded in equity and change.

I’ve coached and supported numerous writers with their work, including playwright, advocate, and poet Lisa Marie Rollins, poet Phoung Voung, Professor Maya Chinchilla, award-winning poet Kenji C. Liu, and many others. I’ve also been a writing instructor and given talks at: Williams College, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Colegio de Letras Modernas, Universidad de Guadalajara, Tonalá, University of California, Santa Barbara, University of California, Riverside, CalArts, Cal State University, Northridge, Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, Otis College of Art and Design, Hollenbeck Middle School, Bell Gardens High School, the Center Theater Group, and 826LA.

Coaching Rates

$100 an hour, two-hour minimum* (income- based rates also available)


I can support writers with poems, essays, journalism, fiction, academic and research-based projects, and mixed genre work.

To speak with me about possibly working together on a manuscript, email me at vvert001_at_ucr.edu to discuss project details and goals.