Florencia Varela

Florencia Varela

was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

Her first book of poems, The Returns, is being released in the fall of 2020 by Spuyten Duyvil Press.

Previously her work has appeared in journals such as DIAGRAM, Drunken Boat, Painted Bride Quarterly, Western Humanities Review, jubilat, Washington Square Journal, Gulf Coast, Phantom Limb, Paterson Literary Review, and Vinyl. Her chapbook, Outside of Sleep, was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2012.  
She earned her BA in English/Creative Writing, French, and International Studies from SUNY Binghamton, and her MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. 
Her passions lie at the crossroads of art and social justice.  She’s held a lot of jobs across arts, educational, and nonprofit spaces - including a continuing education program, the oldest American poetry organization, this gem of an independent cinema, and this vital free speech organization, among… many others. She currently works at Peace is Loud, putting documentary films to work in service of social justice movement building. She is also a board member of the visionary organization, The Future of Film is Female
She and her family currently live in Nyack, NY. 






The Returns, Spuyten Duyvil, Fall 2020. 


Outside of Sleep
, Dancing Girl Press, Fall 2012. 



Bimhuis - Brooklyn Poets Anthology. Brooklyn Arts Press. 2017. 

Latin American Student Union, Forecast, and The Stranger, Roots - Stranger at Home: American Poetry with an Accent, an Anthology. Interpoezia, Numina Press. 2008. 


In Their Own Words - Florencia Varela, Poetry Society of America. October, 2020.

This Film Kills Fascism: Filmmaking for Civic Engagement, panel moderator. October, 2020.

Brooklyn Poets Poet of The Week. December, 2017.

Literary Journals & more

Not For The War Today - Poetry as Resistance by Peace is Loud. 2021. (+ social media)

Vigil/Vigilant I, and Vigil Vigilant II - Daphne Magazine. 2018.
The Mothers - Habitat Magazine. Issue 3. 2018. 

Bimhuis - Painted Bride Quarterly. Issue 97. 2018. 

Kavanagh, and Coup d’Etat - jubilat. Number 31. 2017. 

Angels - Toad Journal. Issue 6.3. 2016. 

In the Mouth of the Wolf - Adroit Journal. Issue 20. 2017. 

Trial Separation, Daybreak, and Bimhuis - Vinyl (Yes Yes Books). 2017. 

Juvenilia, and Juvenilia Had You in Mind - American Chordata. Issue 3. 2016.

The New Economy - Day One (Amazon Publishing). Issue 3.18. 2016.

The Lights of Saratoga - Phantom Limb Journal. 2015. 

Outland, What We Think About When We Email Our Losses - Pith Journal. Issue 1. 2015
Never Seattle, Day Break, Five of Cups, Fire Island - The Periodical (Circus Books). March 2015.

Evening Service - The Destroyer. Issue 4.1. 2015.

The Collectors and In Furs - Similar: Peaks. January 2015.

My Love, So Glad Bluebeard Didn’t Get You and Excuse the Strange Spacing - Anti- Poetry. June 2014. 

To Want Snow Instead of Snowing - Arcadia Magazine. November 2013.

In Which The Earth Splits Under Your Feet - Poetry Daily. June 23, 2012.

Bloodwork - Ozone Park Journal. Spring 2012. 

To Her Dreamscape - Drunken Boat. Issue 15. 2012. 

Derailed, and In Which the Earth Splits Under Our Feet - The Malahat Review. Issue 177. Winter 2011. 

Personal Days - Dear, Sir. Spring 2011. 

Elephant Missed - Washington Square Review. Fall 2010. 

Belle Epoque, and Trial Separation - Gulf Coast. Winter/Spring 2010.

The Escape Artist, Boats per Minute, and The Upholstery Studio - Western Humanities Review. Fall 2010. 

Nostalgia for a Cold War, Elephant Nocturne, and Elephant Erasure - At Large Magazine. B-Side & Rarities Issue. 2009. 

Four Elegies with Brian - 2River View. Issue 13.3. 2009. 

From Harlem an Echo - DIAGRAM. Issue 9.3. 2009. 

Return to Pangaea, and My Avalon - Drunken Boat. 2009. 

Latin American Translations - Paterson Literary Review.  Issue 37.  2008.

New Anatomy - Furnace Review. 2007. 

Touch -  Boxcar Poetry Review. Issue 6. 2007.

A Thanksgiving Poem -  Paterson Literary Review.  Issue 35.  2006.




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