I've been blessed to spend this month as a Caldera Artist in Residence. This coming Sunday is Open Studios. For folks in the PDX + (T.33 S., R. 21 E), I'll be sharing some new work alongside the other artists in residence. March 24th. 12:30 to 3:30.
I am filled with joy as we release Winter Tangerine, Issue 3. Working alongside editors Xandria Phillips and Jake Stone, and Editor-in-Chief, Yasmin Belkhyr, along with our crew of poetry readers has brought so much light into this winter. The poets in this issue sing, sing, sing: Lena Tuffaha, Destiny Hemphill, Joseph Capehart, Imani Davis, Inam Kang, Dave Harris, Mick Powell, henry 7 reneau jr., Alan Chazaro, Ariana Brown, and Jake Skeets. Also, visual art editor, Daniella Clayton, and prose editor, Francesca Ekwuyasi, have brought some gorgeously important pieces. Visual art by Shadi Ghadirian, Gerardo Castro, Simone Quiles, Tamara Stoffers & mas.
I am very grateful to have had my piece selected for Bettering American Poetry, Volume 2. Thank you to the editors, Kaveh Akbar, Sarah Clark, jayy dodd, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Amy King, Muriel Leung, Camille Rankine, Héctor Ramírez, and Michael Wasson, for their dedication in editing this anthology.
Thank you to Black Warrior Review and Rachel McKibbens for selecting my poem, "From a Poet to her Rumbero," for the 2017 Poetry Award. Black Warrior Review is a dream journal, and it is a true honor.
Nehanda Abiodun once said, in response to how we could raise a good fight, that if you're an artist make art, if you're a writer then write & if you're a poet then poem. Honored to create space for some incredible artists to do just that in Winter Tangerine 2: Alfredo Aguilar, John Manuel Abreu-Arias, Jade Matias Bell, Francesca Ekwuyasi, William Evans, Roy Guzmán, Adam Hamze, Omotara James, Mary Lambert, Tsoku Maela, Nkosi Nkululeko, Kip Omolade, Mónica Teresa Ortiz, Joy Priest, Paige Quiñones, Meirav Sher, Malcolm H. Tariq, & Vickie Vertiz. It has been a blessing to work alongside editors Xandria Phillips, Jake Stone, Francesca Ekwuyasi, Jennifer Huang & Yasmin Belkhyr to bring this gorgeous, important, lit issue into the world. (Ups to poetry readers: Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah, Anuradha Bhowmik, Brad Trumpfheller, Alexis Smithers, Lexi Covalsen Lilian Ha & Elena Senechal-Becker.) Read the full issue here.
It is a true honor to be named an awardee for a Grant LAB by ARTISTS UP (provided by Artist Trust, 4Culture & Seattle Arts & Culture). This grant is in support of my poetry manuscript in progress "Ochun's Daughter." Two poems from my manuscript are recently out in Apogee Journal. As part of the grant, I will be offering a poetry workshop to the public. Xo Maria
My poems "Dear Ochún" and "Ode to the River" are out in Apogee Journal's Folio: #NoDAPL #StillHere: Native and Anti-Colonial Craft Against Dispossession. It's an honor to be published alongside George Abraham, Michael Wasson, Bani Amor, Hazem Fahmy and many more. Thankful to Sarah Clark, Victoria Cho, Joey De Jesus for their work in putting this important folio together. (Photos by Jessica Christy)
Thrilled that Winter Tangerine has launched, Honeysuckle Press, a literary press dedicated to expanding and redefining human truths by prioritizing the narratives of unsung communities. Saeed Jones and Bhanu Kapil will be judging our first chapbook contest. Read an interview with founder, Yasmin Belkhyr, here.
Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer invited me to send her fiction for The Puritan's summer issue. You can read her introduction to the issue here. It was an honor to work with Kathryn. You can also find my piece, Rosario's Jewel Box here. My story is a modern day queering of the Virgin/La Madonna. Included is a short recording of my reading as well.
My poem "How to make love to your beloved when she grew from rape," is up on Split This Rock. The translation by Adriana Toledano Kolteniuk "Cómo hacerle el amor a tu amada cuando creció con violación" is also included.
I have three poems out on Public Pool: "In the raccoon den, all is well," "It's cold on a Friday night," & "You grow wild cattails & the nymph somersaults."
The Winter Tangerine Awards have been extended through July 20th. .
Filmmakers Santiago Tomas Marcial, Montserrat Blanco and I have been at work, grabbing and editing the last of the sounds for our digital short film, In the Blue House.
Esta noche! See you tonight Toluca.