Karla Cornejo Villavicencio


Karla Cornejo Villavicencio is telling essential stories about the American immigrant experience.

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio is a writer from New York City whose work explores complex, stereotype-defying themes of migration, mental illness, beauty, and intergenerational drama.

A Harvard graduate and doctoral candidate at Yale, she is the author of “The Undocumented Americans,” a book of literary essays that draws from her own experience as a former, undocumented immigrant from Ecuador, to tell the intimate stories of undocumented immigrants living and working across the U.S. The book was a finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction.

Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Vogue, Elle, and other publications. She is also the author of Dream Girl, an forthcoming novel for young adults.