Jessica Ayala is a public speaker, published author, spoken word artist, and writer-in-residence at Charlotte Street Foundation. Her work is a fusion of her Colombian American heritage merges oral tradition, storytelling, poetry, and native percussion. As a writer, she hopes to create spaces for dialogue, education, and reflection hoping all who engage leave more aware by the stories told.
Her recent book, Huelga, takes a critical look at the social, political and cultural injustices of Latin America shining light on the stories of those she calls los invisibles, the invisible. She is currently on tour with Huelga and working on publishing her second book of poetry, Just A Kid From Ipiales, a poetic memoir documenting her unique journey as an immigrant youth living in the United States to debut April 11, 2020.
Ayala immigrated to the United States from Colombia, South America at the age of three publishing her first series of poems for the Young Authors Conference at the age of eight. Her current poetry has been published in two anthologies winning an Honorable Medal in the 2017 International Latino Book Awards. Additionally, Miss Ayala is the recipient of the 2018 Pitch Magazine Best Kansas City Spoken Word Artist Award.
Recently Miss Ayala's poetry has merged into songwriting joining bands Arquesta Del SolSoul and the Kansas City Rumba Collective. Ayala is also a founding member of the poetic collective La Resistencia.