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Juan Armando David Acosta-Posada
(October 26, 1958 - living) Colombia - U.S.A.

David Acosta

Poet, activist

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David Acosta was born in Cali, Colombia, South America. He migrated to the US in 1969 where he has lived for the past 25 years. Mr. Acosta was a founding member and editor of Temple University's literary journal The 14th Street Review. He is the founder and director of Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative (GALAEI), 1989. Mr. Acosta is also a founding member of the Latin American writers collective Desde Este Lado (From This Side), and he is one of the founders and editors of a now defunct journal bearing the same name.

A poet, writer, activist and cultural worker, Mr. Acosta has given numerous readings, workshops, and lectures throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area and other cities across the US. In 1988 - 1989 he was poet in residence and consultant for the PATHS Poetry Program at the Thomas Edison Fareira High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and, in 1994, he was part of the Painted Bride Arts Center's Popular Education Program; Poetry Across the Curriculum through the PA Council on The Arts Poets in Residence Program, where he taught poetry across the curriculum to area elementary, middle, and junior high schools.

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Acosta's work has appeared in:

  • The Painted Bride Quarterly
  • The Evergreen Chronicles
  • Philomel
  • The 14th Street Review
  • Desde Este Lado
  • The Blue Guitar
  • Mayrena
  • The James White Review
  • Viva Arts Quarterly
His work is in the anthologies:
  • American Poetry Confronts the 1990's Black Tie Press
  • Shouting In A Whisper; Latino Poetry in Philadelphia (1995)
  • Floating Borderlands: Twenty Five Years of Latin American Poetry in The United States (1998)
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