Welcome and Pura Vida!

I am a writer, academic, and free-lance editor/ developmental writing coach based in Costa Rica, Central America. I was born in New York to Costa Rican and Panamian parents.  With a doctorate in English, my current work is around 17th century colonial Costa Rica and the ways in which it engaged with  slavery. I have lectured extensively on issues of representing Black womanhood, especially discussing the narrative of South African Sarah Baartman and her legacy in the 21st century.  My current work is on Afro-Latinos in the Diasporas, focusing on Afro-Costa Ricans. 

I wrote a monthly column on race and diversity called Musings from an Afro Costa Rica in the Tico Times (www.ticotimes.net) and co-edit the AfroLatin@ Diasporas Book Series at Palgrave. I am also the founder and host the Tengo Sed Writers Retreats in Costa Rica.  My Tengo Sed Expat Consultancy offers one-on-one service for those who are contemplating moving to Costa Rica. 

I will be hosting  TENGO SED Writing Retreat VI from Jan 4-8 2021 at The Retreat (http://theretreatcostarica.com/) in Costa Rica. Click on the page link for all the details. Applications open in March 2020. Limited space and those waitlisted have priority.

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere holds a PhD in English from the University of South Africa, an MA in African Literature from the University of the Witwatersand, an MA in Secondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BA in English from Vassar College. She has received numerous awards and grants, including two Fulbright Fellowships and three PSC-CUNY Research Awards for her work on Afro-Costa Ricans. She is currenlty writing a historical fiction novel on the Black Madonna (LA Negrita) set in 1634 Colonial Cartago, Costa Rica.

Check out my monthly column in the Tico Times, Musings from an AfroCosta Rican (http://www.ticotimes.net/categories/musings-from-an-afro-costa-rican) and my fall 2015 piece in Essence magazine (http://www.essence.com/2015/09/30/why-one-black-mom-moved-family-costa-rica

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