Photo by Yasmina Mattison

Photo by Yasmina Mattison

Diana Alvarez is a Xicana singer/guitarist, poet, video and sound artist based in Northampton, Massachusetts. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Diana began performing with a professional hotel and resort lounge band at an early age, and later worked as a bilingual studio vocalist and apprentice recording engineer with SeaMyst Productions (owned and operated by the late Linda Flores), a recording studio and music production company based in South Texas. Diana's country music single, "Get Into the Pain," produced by Linda Flores, was released in 2000.

Diana's chapbook poetry collection Consultations with Bruja Juana was published by Toadlily Press in 2009, and two of her poems appear in The Best of Toadlily Press, published in 2011. 

Diana has performed as a vocalist/poet and has taught interdisciplinary writing workshops in a range of venues in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, New York, and Massachusetts, including La Villita (San Antonio, TX), La Casa Azul Bookstore (Harlem, NY), Cornelia Street Cafe (Manhattan, NY), the Academy of Music Theatre (Northampton, MA), the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (New Orleans, LA), and The Whitney Center for the Arts (Pittsfield, MA).

Diana is a first-generation to college student who earned her BA from Marist College and MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. As a higher education professional, Diana worked for six years as a Diversity Outreach Coordinator/Associate Director of Admissions at Hampshire College and Mount Holyoke College. Diana continues her educational work focused on marginalized communities as a College Humanities instructor with Upward Bound Summer Academy/Greenfield Community College.

Currently, Diana is a PhD candidate in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, New York). At Rensselaer, Diana is composing a Mexican ritual opera as a case study for a socially just arts practice that descends from and contributes to a lineage of women and genderqueer artists of color.