Writer, Editor, & Coach.
Natasha Gordon-Chipembere holds a PhD in English from the University of South Africa. She was born in New York to a Costa Rican mom and a Panamanian dad. She is the founder and host of the Tengo Sed (“I am thirsty”) Annual Writing Retreats in Costa Rica (since January 2015).
Natasha Gordon-Chipembere's historical fiction novel on the Black Madonna, Finding La Negrita, set in 1634 colonial Cartago, Costa Rica will be published by Jaded Ibis Press in fall 2022.
20+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
Natasha's work as a writing coach, editor, and professor spans from New York to Johannesburg. Natasha has received numerous awards and grants as a writer, including two Fulbright Fellowships and three PSC-CUNY Research Awards for her work on Afro-Costa Ricans.
PUBLSHED AUTHOR AND EDITOR
Natasha's writing has been published in Small Ax Salon, Praxis Journal of Gender and Cultural Critiques, Journal of International Women’s Studies, Callaloo, Scrutiny2, Agenda, Changing English, Essence, The Tico Times and The Limon Roots. She is the Co-Editor of the Afro-Latin@ Diaspora Book Series with Palgrave McMillian.
AREAS OF RESEARCH AND EXPERTISE
Natasha has lectured extensively on issues of representing Black womanhood. She is an expert on the narrative of South African Sarah Baartman and her legacy in the 21st century. Her current research is on Afro-Latin@s in the Diasporas, specifically