Daisy Hernández, is an activist, writer, and scholar currently serving on faculty at Miami University teaching creative writing. Her work focuses on the intersections of gender, race, and feminism, as well as media representations of women of color. Her commentary has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Tricycle, and NPR’s All Things Considered. Her essays have appeared in such anthologies as 50 Ways to Support Lesbian and Gay Equality (New World Library, 2005), Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class (Seal Press, 2004), and Border-Line Personalities: A New Generation of Latinas Dish on Sex, Sass, and Cultural Shifting (Harper Paperbacks, 2004)
The co-editor of “Colonize This: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism” and former editor of “ColorLines” magazine, she has helped shape feminist curriculum and dialogue over the past fifteen years. Her recently acclaimed memoir, “A Cup of Water under My Bed,” has been recognized with an IPPY award, Kirkus Best Non-Fiction book and a Guernica Editor’s Pick. It chronicles her experiences growing up queer in her Cuban-Colombian family weaves her Caribbean, Latin American Studies, creative writing and journalism background as only a phenomenal storyteller could.
Hernandez was the recipient of the Lambda Literary Foundation’s 2015 Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writers Award, and was nominated for a 2009 GLAAD Media Award for her article about trans people of color, “Becoming a Black Man”.