Michelle Yasmine Valladares is an immigrant born in India and raised in Kuwait. She is a poet and filmmaker and is the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at City College of New York in Harlem. Her first book is Nortada, The North Wind. Her poems have been widely published and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She won the Distinguished Documentary Achievement from the Independent Documentary Association for “El Diablo Nunca Duerme” co-produced with Lourdes Portillo and Best Latin American Film at Sundance Festival for “O Sertão das Memórias ” co-produced with José Araújo.