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.
I have a piece of short fiction out on The Puritan's summer issue.
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.
We've been immersed this week in poetry translations (getting ready for the festival) and my daughter's theatre event. And more sunbeams before the rains come.
It's an honor to be invited to read my poetry in the Festival de Lenguas Contra la Homofobia. (Festival of Languages Against Homophobia.) Tuesday, May 12th @19:00 in Café Collage in Toluca, Mexico. Es un honrar a ser invitada a leer mi poesía en el Tercer Festival de Lenguas contra la Homofobia. Les invito el Martes 12 de mayo a las 19:00 horas en el Café Collage en el centro histórico de Toluca, Mexico.
I was blessed to work on this project as one of the poetry readers. I hope you will spend some time with the poems and artwork -- a dialogue on the feminine that extends beyond the binary.
INTRODUCING: FRAGMENTS OF PERSEPHONE
For too long, Persephone, as a figure, had been made into a binary - Winter or Spring. Freed or stolen. Thriving or miserable. And yet there is much more to Persephone than her abduction, more than two default modes she exists in.
Too often this is the case with religious and mythological feminine and female figures - they are forced into categories, made into goddesses or harlots, Madonnas or whores. Fragments of Persephone challenges that preconception, offers womanhood and femininity in its most raw, in its most vulnerable, in its wealth of strength.
Featuring work by twenty-three incredible poets and artists, Fragments of Persephone is a song, a curse, a prayer, a cry.
My poem “Constellations of Berenice” is now up on Winter Tangerine Review’s online feature, Imaginary Homelands, curated by poet, Rosebud Ben-Oni.
A Q&A is also included.
“Home is never a house, but a body: / ribcage, a heart beating to sleep”
My review of SOLECISM, Rosebud Ben-Oni’s book of poetry, is now up online in As Us Journal’s Decolonial Love Issue. It will also be available in print soon.
“Rosebud Ben-Oni’s poems came to me on the wings of sparrows, feathers sorting down onto the streets of México, Jerusalem, and New York. In Solecism, her book of poetry published by Virtual Artists Collective, her sparrow wings move between identities, always loyal to the complexities of her ancestry. Born to a Mexican mother and a Jewish father, “the love child of sparrows and curmudgeon trees,” she explores her sense of identity, of place, of both belonging and fragmentation.”
Many of you know I have been working hard on my memoir, A House by the Sea in Havana. This morning, Midnight Breakfast, a new Lit journal based out of San Francisco, published an excerpt titled "Iced Cake Frosting" from my forthcoming book. This chapter takes place in Havana, when I brought my eight month daughter to meet her family, and things began to come undone. I've been loving the writing in Midnight Breakfast, and am excited to be a part of this journal.