Noel Pabillo Mariano is a storyteller & community arts activist. He is the editor of the anthology Press Start & Game On: Voices On Gaming and he is the author of the chapbook, A Girl Named Hemingway (Eight Point Star Press) His poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming in Connotation Press, Redactions, Silverado Quarterly Review, Red Riverstones, and elsewhere. His work has been anthologized in Kuwento for Lost Things (Carayan Press), Here is a Pen: an Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets (Achiote Press) and Poetry Assignments: The Book (Sage Hill Press).
His academic research focuses on participatory media & communities, queer theory, counter-culture & media, community building and advocacy, rhetoric on place (eg. diasporic communities and the concept of ‘home’) and the literature of myth and folklore. He is a Kundiman Fellow and a two time recipient of the Maxwell H. Gluck Fellowship for the Arts. He’s also a 4 time Milwaukee Moth Storyslam champion (Only in Milwaukee, Home, Hunger, & Last Minute).
He’s a lover of (most) things geek-related, serving as an organizer of UW-Milwaukee’s Geek Week. He also helped with developing the first national LGBT+ Gaming Conference, GX and served as one of the founding editors of TheGaymers, a game review blog. He enjoys running, watching baseball, cooking, reading graphic novels/comic books, and refinishing furniture. He lives in Milwaukee, WI with his partner and their insanely mischievous cat, Yuko.