I'm a Puerto Rican writer and translator of poetry, plays, screenplays, musical theatre books, and opera librettos. 

As a storyteller, I seek to bring words beyond the page and onto the stage. My work lives in the intersection of the literary, visual, and performing arts. By coupling words with visuals, sounds, and movement, I aim to open up meanings across language barriers without equating multilingual voices to American standards.


Inaugural Emerging Poet Laureate of Allegheny County (2020), I am the recipient of the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Fest Grand Prize (2021) and a Puffin Grant (2018), and a finalist for Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Screenwriting Grant (2021) and City Theatre Miami National Short Play Award (2020). I have produced and developed plays, musicals, and operas with various companies, including Project Y Theatre Company, Theatre Now New York, Poetic Theater Productions, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and White Snake Projects. My poetry and translations appear in Film Poetry Live, Bridge: The Bluffton University Journal, Persephone's Daughters, and Sampsonia Way Magazine. A writer and director, my videopoems have been screened in Spain, Germany, Denmark, and Puerto Rico, among other countries.


I am a graduate of Carnegie Mellon School of Drama’s Dramatic Writing MFA, and a member of Dramatists' Guild and New Play Exchange.

I'm now available for writing commissions, feedback consultations, writing workshops, and artist talks. Click here to book me for a commission, artist talk, writing workshop, or feedback consultation.

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Paloma Sierra

Poet, Writer & Translator

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