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Cristy Carrera Road

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Cristy C. Road is a 28-year-old Cuban-American illustrator, writer, and activist. She began publishing her art when she published her zine, GREEN'ZINE in 1997. It started as a punk rock zine and resulted in stories/art about gender identity, racism, sexuality, travel, and activist organizing. GREEN?ZINE ran for ten years; but Road continued to make her art accesible through published work and contributions to media and causes.

Road graduated from The Ringling School of Art with a BFA in Illustration in 2004. Today, Road has published two illustrated novels- INDESTRUCTIBLE (Mircocosm Publishing, 2005) which focuses on being a teenager in Miami, sexuality, and cultural identity; and BAD HABITS (Soft Skull Press, 2008) which focuses on the destructive and revelatory routes one takes in order to heal from the effects of an abusive relationship. Road has also published her art from 2001-2007 in a postcard collection, DISTANCE MAKES THE HEART GROW SICK (Microcosm Publishing, 2007). Her writing and art have additionally been featured in various literary anthologies such as Baby Remember My Name: New Queer Writing (Carroll and Graff), Live Through This: On Creativity and Self Destruction (Seven Stories Press), Best Erotic Comics (Last Gasp) and Reproduce and Revolt (Soft Skull Press). Aside from publishing, Road has been contributing Illustrations to music, literature, publications, radical causes, and much more for the last ten years. She tours with all-queer spoken word group Sister Spit: The Next Generation; and individually- performing lectures, slideshows, and educational workshops; with topics on gender, sexuality, culture, and art. She occasionally exhibits her art and is currently working on a graphic novel in her painstakingly decorated home in brooklyn.