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Sofia Quintero
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Ivy-league homegirl, Sofia Quintero was born to a Dominican-Puerto Rican family and raised in the Bronx where she still resides. Sofia earned a BA in history-sociology from Columbia University in 1990 and her MPA from the university's School of International and Public Affairs in 1992. An unapologetic generalist who has worked on a variety of issues from fighting police brutality to defending multicultural education, Sofia was named by City Limits Magazine as one of the "New School of Activists Most Likely to Change New York." Sofia currently sits on the board of the Brecht Forum, the New World Foundation and the Advocacy Institute. Her first feature-length screenplay Interstates won the 2001 San Francisco Black Film Festival screenplay competition as well as the 1998 Montage Entertainment Diversity in Screenwriting contest and was twice a finalist for the screenwriting lab at Sundance. Her second screenplay- the baseball comedy M.L.B.- was a finalist for the ABC New Talent Development Award in 2003. Under the pen name Black Artemis, Sofia wrote EXPLICIT CONTENT - the first novel about hip hop with female protagonists - which was published by New American Library/Penguin in August 2004. Her second Black Artemis novel PICTURE ME ROLLIN' was published in June 2005, and her third Black Artemis novel BURN hits bookstores in April 2006. Sofia is the co-author of the anthology FRIDAY NIGHT CHICAS published by St. Martin's Press April 2005. She also has a two-book deal with One World/Random House, the first being a novelization of INTERSTATES called DIVAS DON'T YIELD, which will be in bookstores in April 2006. She freelances regularly for such outlets as the New York Post, MiGente.com and Fuego, and has had several essays published in various anthologies about social justice. Sofia is co-founder of Chica Luna Productions, which produced her screenplays CORPORATE DAWGZ and BLIND DATE. Sofia is a member of the SpeakOut collective, the nations only progressive, non-profit speakers bureau of political activists and socially conscious artists. Sofia is represented by Jennifer Cayea at Nicholas Ellison, Inc.

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