Marissa Ramirez is an English Professor at St Philip’s College. She designs radical arts based interventions and creates public spaces for reading the world culturally and politically. She is the lead coordinator of Affirmations Advocacy & Activism, an innovative literacy based program that centers conversations around female empowerment and agency as a preventive tool for combating violence against women. She is a founding member of Books in the Barrio, established in 2003, in an effort to bring attention to the lack of bookstores on the South Side of San Antonio. Books in the Barrio continues as an ongoing grassroots campaign promoting self-determination and autonomy through literacy. Most recently she curated a Read In and Mitote at the AWP conference in San Antonio, bringing together over 50 Latinx writers in a public performance celebrating the dignity and diversity of Latinx stories. She is currently in collaboration with Galeria EVA and a todo dar productions to develop literacy programs throughout the city of San Antonio.