Rebelené is the chosen moniker of Zelene Pineda Suchilt, a Mexican born CHí-CHí (CHilanga/CHicana) award-winning multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker and poet living in New York City. Her work is rooted in the oral tradition of Indigenous Mexican, American and CHicano storytelling employing metaphors as storehouses for trans-generational healing. She works with a range of media including writing, painting, live-performance and film production.
In 2005, she founded the annual poetry festival, The Word Around Town Poetry Tour,and participated in the Librotraficante Caravan in 2012 as Librotraficante Rebelené. She received the Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Young Visionary Award from The National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago in 2009.
Her literary work has been published in Rogue Scholars Press, Luna Luna Magazine, Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature, Free Press Houston, Quiet Lunch Magazine, The Panhandler Quarterly, Librotraficante Times and MANGO Publications. She is was VONA/Voices Writers Workshop Fellow in Political Content, and completed residencies at Doña Helen’s in 2014 Fresno California, and Kettle Pond in 2019.
Born in Coyoacán, Mexico City, Zelene migrated to Houston via NAFTA and studied in El Paso, Texas. She lived the undocumented experience for 13 years and began organizing for immigrant rights at age 16 in Houston, El Paso and New York. She is a feminista anti-patriarcal in Abya Ayala.