Melissa Castillo-Garsow is a Mexican- American writer, journalist, and scholar currently completing a PhD in American Studies and African American Studies. Her short stories, articles and poetry have been published or are forthcoming in numerous journals including Acentos Review, Hispanic Culture Review, El Diario/La Prensa, The Bilingual Review, Women’s Studies, and Words. Beats. Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture. She is the co-editor with Jason Nichols of La Verdad: The Reader of Hip Hop Latinidades, forthcoming with Ohio State University Press’ Global Latino/a Studies, as well as the editor of a forthcoming anthology of Afro-Latino Poetry with Arte Publico Press. Her first novel, Pure Bronx, was released by Augustus Publishing in Fall 2013 and her first volume of poetry Coatlicue Eats the Apple is forthcoming with VerseSeven. Her dissertation, “The Atlantic Borderlands: Mexican American Container Cultures of New York City” explores Mexican cultural productions in New York City given the contemporary climate of service sector labor, globalization, immigration policies and policing practices in order to rethink the meaning of border/ borderlands in an East Coast 21st century context.