Carmen Graciela Díaz is a Puerto Rican journalist and author with more than 15 years of experience in writing and publishing, both in Spanish and English. In 2021, she was appointed a distinguished lecturer in charge of the Bilingual Subject Concentration at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, where she had been an adjunct, consistently earning high marks from students.
Among her recent projects, she managed communications for Grantmakers in the Arts, conducted research for the biopic “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It,” and contributed writing for the book ArtPlace: 10 Years. Her work has appeared in Hyperallergic, El País, Letras Libres, The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, The Common, and Reasons to be Cheerful, among other publications.
She wrote her first book on the history of groundbreaking Puerto Rican publication, Avance. She has worked with Univision News Digital, El Nuevo Día, and Primera Hora writing on arts journalism, lifestyle, entertainment, education, and Hispanic issues. Díaz has profiled several significant figures, including Marina Abramovic, John Malkovich, Junot Díaz, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Oliver Stone, José Andrés, Custo Dalmau, Susana Baca, John Leguizamo, and Jane Goodall.
Díaz holds master’s degrees from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism (New York) in Arts and Culture Reporting and Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (San Juan) in Cultural Studies.
Her thesis project at Columbia on the life of Puerto Rico’s first openly gay writer, Manuel Ramos Otero, was published in Hunter College’s Puerto Rican Studies journal, Centro, in 2018.