J. is a queer brown transgender chicano interdisciplinary artist and writer raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has curated and performed work for The National Queer Arts Festival (San Francisco), Links Hall (Chicago), as well as Vox Populi (Philadelphia), Knockdown Center (NYC), among others nationally. His collaborative writing project, “Ya Presente Ayer” can be found in Support Networks, Chicago Social Practice History Series (University of Chicago Press). His organizing projects include the Latinx Artists Retreat (LXAR) and the Latinx Artist Visibility Award (LAVA) for Ox-Bow School of Art in partnership with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago launched in 2015. He is also a 2017 fellow of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI). His writing can also be found in Original Plumbing, Apogee Journal: Queer History, Queer Now Folio, and American Realness 2018 Reading series. He lives and works in New York City.