#005: Yosimar Reyes on how growing up undocumented & queer in the East Side San Jose hood fuels his storytelling
Author, activist, educator, poet and performing artist Yosimar Reyes was born in Guerrero, Mexico and was brought to the US when he was three years old. He was raised by his grandparents in East Side San Jose, a place that fuels his storytelling with unique and comical narratives that cut to the core of his immigrant and queer experience. He is currently an Arts Fellow at Define American, an organization founded by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and is also developing a one-man show a'la Jon Leguizamo. Jesus sits down to talk to Yosimar about growing up ratchet, getting through college with a hood mentality, and finding one's place in the world as an artist but also trying to get paid - aka hustling.