Nelly A. Rosario

Nelly A. Rosario

Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies

Stetson Hall Rm 603
At Williams since 2017


S.B. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Civil Engineering
M.F.A. Columbia University, Creative Writing

Areas of Expertise


Research Interests

Creative Writing: fiction, creative nonfiction
Experimental Writing and Literature
World Literature
Graphic Narratives
History of Science and Medicine
World History
Archival Studies and Storytelling
Data Visualization


Scholarship/Creative Work

Selected Publications

“Mid-Island: After Toni Morrison’s ‘Jazzthoughts.’” Sites of Memory: Toni Morrison and the Archive. Eds. Kinohi Nishikawa and Autumn Womack. Princeton University Press, forthcoming.

“Arbographies/Arbografías: Writing Roots, Land, & Sky.” With desveladas collective (Sheila Maldonado and Macarena Hernández), funded by a 2016 Creative Capital Award in Literature. De-Canon Hybrid-Lit Anthology Project. Eds. Jyothi Natarajan and Dao Strom. De-Canon and Fonograf Editions, forthcoming. Print.

“Pin-Stripe Alley.” Indomitable/Indomables: A Multigenre Chicanx/Latinx Women’s Anthology.  Eds. Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs. San Diego State University Press, forthcoming. Originally in Dialogues Across Diasporas: Women Writers, Scholars and Activists of Africana and Latina Descent in Conversation. Eds. Marion Rohrleitner and Sarah Ryan.  New York: Lexington Books, 2013: 121-130.

“Rivington Rosary.” Fourteen Days: A Novel. Ed. Margaret Atwood. Authors Guild Foundation Covid Response Fund. Harper Collins, 2024. Print.

“Δx: The Way of the Traveler.” Quislaona: A Fantasy Anthology. DWA Press, 2023.

“Umbilicus.” Daughters of Latin America [Hijas de América Latina]: An International Anthology of Writing by Latine Women. Ed. Sandra Guzmán. Amistad Press/Harper Collins, 2023. Print.

“On the Origins of O.” SO WE CAN KNOW: Writers of Color on Pregnancy, Loss, Abortion, and Birth. Ed. Aracelis Girmay. Haymarket Books, 2023. Print.

“MedIsla.” Orion 40th Anniversary Issue (Summer 2022). Print.

“Doris Rodríguez’s MONOCORDE.” Distant Connections 3- The Lockdown Lowdown Special Issue: Women and Covid, a gendered pandemic (September 2021).

Feedback Loop / Círculo de retroalimentación.” The Amaranta Project, Aster(ix) (Fall 2021).

“Incubation II.” Monsters of the Bronx. Ed. Ivan Vélez. Planet Bronx Productions, 2021. Print.

Latinx + DNA: Complicando the Double Helix.Critical Dialogues in Latina and Latino Studies. Eds. Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas and Mérida M. Rúa. New York University Press, 2021.

Operation Granma G.” Latino Studies 19.4, Special Issue: Arts of Latina and Latino Aging (November 2021).

“Th/Inking in Black: Notes on Teaching Creative Writing.” Teaching Black: Pedagogy, Practice, and Perspectives on Writing. Edited by Drea Brown and Ana-Maurine Lara. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021. 

Life Beats of Dr. Diana: As Told to Nelly Rosario.Studies in Comics 11.1–Special Issue on Comics and Education (July 2020).

AWP Panel: Aster(ix) Five Years Later.Aster(ix): A Journal of Literature, Art, Criticism (2 June 2019).  

Song of Morrison: A Eulogy.Aster(ix): A Journal of Literature, Art, Criticism (6 August 2019). 

“Do Us Part.” Everyday People: The Color of Life, ed. Jennifer Baker. New York: Atria Books, 2018.

“El canto del agua.” La nación y su escritura: Colección de voces dominicanas (1965-2017) [The Nation and its Writing: Collection of Dominican Voices (1965-2017)], eds. Carmen Cañete Quesada and Franklin Gutiérrez. Santo Domingo: Editorial Santuario, 2018.


Song of the Water Saints: A Novel.  New York: Pantheon, 2002 / New York: Vintage, 2003.

El canto del agua: Una novela, trans. Patricia Antón. Barcelona: Emecé Planeta, 2003 / New York: Vintage Español, 2003 / MD: Recorded Books Audiolibros, 2003.


Assistant Director of Writing/Web Developer, MIT Black History Project, 2013-Present

Content Editor/Web Developer, HTI Open Plaza, Hispanic Theological Initiative, 2019-2023

Content Editor/Web Developer, MLK Visiting Professors and Scholars Program, MIT, 2014-2023

Project Curator, Technology and the Dream Exhibit, MIT Museum, 2021-2022

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Great Dome Award, MIT Class of 2007 Tech Reunions Multicultural Fest Planning Committee, MIT Alumni Association, 2023

Harold E. Lobdell ’17 Distinguished Service Award, MIT Alumni Association, 2021

Great Dome Award, BCAP Project Team, MIT Alumni Association, 2021

CUNY DSI Research Fellowship, Dominican Studies Institute, City College-CUNY, 2021

Reading Fellow, Under the Volcano, Tepoztlán, Mexico, 2019, 2020

Archives & Library Research Award, Dominican Studies Institute, City College-CUNY, 2017

Creative Capital Artist Award in Literature, Creative Capital Foundation, 2016

Alpha Chi Favorite Professors Award, Texas State University, 2012

Professor of the Year, Sigma Tau Delta International Literary Society, Texas State University, 2009

Sherwood Anderson Award in Fiction, 2008

Professional Affiliations


Project Team Member, BCAP (BAMIT Community Advancement Program), MIT Office of Minority Education (OME), 2020-Present

Member, Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars (ACWWS), 2022-Present

Member, Advisory Board, Under the Volcano, 2018-2023


Editorial Board, MaComère: Journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, 2023-Present

Contributing Editor, Aster(ix): A Journal of Literature, Art, Criticism, 2013-Present

Editor, Ex officio Member, Black Alumni/ae of MIT (BAMIT) National Board, 2010-2021



Lecture Committee, Williams College, 2022-2023

Honorary Degrees Advisory Committee, Williams College, 2021-2022


Collections Committee, MIT Museum, 2023-2024

Elected Member, MIT Alumni Association  (AASC) Selection Committee, 2021-2024

Visiting Committee, Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Program, The Cooper Union, 2021-2022

30th-Anniversary Board Committee, Hurston/Wright Foundation, 2020-2021