Francisco Aviles Pino Jr.
Francisco is an undocumented queer poet, researcher and journalist from Acapulco, Guerrero and lives in what is currently Los Angeles, CA, but historically Tongva Territory. Before joining Brave New Films they were a researcher with UCLA's Center for the Transformation of Public Schools & the Million Dollar Hoods initiative where they studied the impacts of mass incarceration in our communities and schools. Francisco is a alumni of Sandra Cisneros' Macondo Writers Workshop and a fellow with the Poetry Foundation's and Crescendo Literary's Emerging Writers Incubator. Francisco holds degrees and research training from UCLA, CSUF and UC Irvine. Francisco's career goals are to work in the larger efforts of prison abolition through organizing, education and the weaving of herstories/histories through journalism and poetry.