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Recent writing and select appearances


Tucson Festival of Books, March 10-11

Alivio Open Mic, Bell, CA, March 23, 9pm

UC Riverside Writers Week, February 14, 5:30pm

Cal State Monterey Bay, Latinx Poetics Symposium, April 12-13


Five million places and…

Literatura en Bravo, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, March 9-12, 2017

“like nothing else in tense, ése,” erasure of “Anecdote of the Jar,” by Wallace Stevens
Spiral Orb


“Little Earthquakes: Thinking About Fear and Family,” in a forthcoming anthology by Third Woman Press, Annie Fukushima, Layli Maparayan, Matt Richardson, and Anita Revilla, editors

San Gabriel Playhouse with Naomi Hirahara and Mike Sonkensen. Organized by Karineh Mahdessian.


Four poems in Omniverse, April

Four poems in The Volta, January

Fresno LitHop, April 23

Thursday, March 31, 2016, 3pm-4:15pm

AWP Panels: Mistaking Planes for Stars: Los Angeles Writing from Freeways to Flight Paths. With ,  , and 

From Bukowski to Viramontes, working-class writing in Los Angeles is a longstanding tradition. Latinos are the largest ethnic group in the county, bringing avant-garde aesthetics to literature. However, many of our stories have yet to be told. This reading highlights cutting edge poetry, story, and performance by working-class and queer Latinos from a little-known part of Los Angeles: the southeast. From railroad yards to factory floors, writers share their work of grit and heart.

From New Wave to Punk: Musical Influences on Latino Literary Aesthetics. With Daniel Chacón, Carribean Fragoza, Michelle Gonzales, and Marlen Rios-Hernandez

 From all corners of Los Angeles and across this country, punk and New Wave music have influenced Latino writers for decades. This multigenre panel is equal parts reading, discussion, and listening party. Through poems, essays, and stories, the panelists highlight how, as listeners, they blend literary aesthetics with New Wave and punk sounds to tell new stories.

Cal State University, Northridge, with Poet Laureate of L.A., Luis Rodriguez

The Instant reading series organized by Writ Large Press in downtown L.A.

Self-Help Graphics, Poetas in Wonderland, AWP off-site reading


Huizache, issue 5, fall

“Agua en gotas,” in Nepantla: A Journal for Queer Poets of Color, issue two

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Colegio de Letras Modernas

Black Poets Speak Out with Fred Moten, Luis J. Rodriguez, at The Sweat Spot

Art Share Los Angeles, “Requiem for Sandra Bland: Recollection”

LitCrawl North Hollywood

Providence College, First-Generation Student Reception, Latino Heritage Month

“I Can Defend Myself: a Trans Teenager’s Family Clears a Path for Trans Youth,” in KCET Departures, Nov. 6, 2015

“Faking Business,” a short story in The James Franco Review, issue 4

“Agua en Gotas,” Nepantla magazine, issue 2, Lambda Literary


“What You See, What You Take With You,” in Parrafo Magazine (UCLA), number six, The Los Angeles Issue

Don Mario,” and “Señor Moreno,” in Ghost Town (CSUSB), May

“Pioneers of Artistic Revolution: Making Art and Space in Southeast Los Angeles,” KCET Communities, as part of the 710 Corridor Project, April, 8, 2014

“Mocosa,” and “Dame Tu Hermana,” in Diálogo, for the “Latin American and Latina/o Poetry in the 21st Century,” issue (DePaul University), fall

La Mera Neta,” forthcoming in Kweli Journal, fall

 Powder Room,” in Finery, online journal, January

Honeymoon,” As/Us Journal, February

Los Angeles Review of Books, “Visibility and Invisibility: […] Middle-Class Latinas of Désirée Zamorano’s ‘The Amado Women’”

“How can you live,” “Como puedes vivir,” La Casa del Hijo del Ahuizote

“Already My Lips Were Luminous,” Gabriela Mistral Poetry Prize finalist, Cobalt Review

“Give Me Your Sister,” Diálogo, volume 17, issue two, DePaul University

“What an Orange is For,” ORANGELANDIA: The Literature of Inland Citrus, Gayle Brandeis, editor, Inlandia Institute

“Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut,” Statement magazine, Cal State University Los Angeles

“Honeymoon,” As/Us journal

“Love Letter to Morrissey,” Brooklyn & Boyle magazine


“El Monte Forever: a Brief History of Michael Jaime-Becerra,” as part of the “East of East” series, Tropics of Meta (Columbia University), December 16, 2013

Swallows, a collection of poems, Finishing Line Press, May

“Eating Couplets and Haiku,” Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry, McSweeney’s and The Poetry Foundation, April

Swallows, first collection of poetry, Finishing Line Press

“La Mera Neta,” Kweli Literary Journal

“Don Mario,” and “Señor Moreno,” Ghost Town Literary Review

“What You See, What You Take with You,” Párrafo magazine, UCLA


“La Guadalupana,” Palabras en Vuelo/Words in Flight, El Tecolote anthology


“$5 Carnations,” Turtle Island to Abya Yala: A Love Anthology of Art, Micaela Valdez, editor, Mallinalli Press


“Moctezuma,” Las Lunadas, a poetry anthology, Marc Pinate, editor, Galería de la Raza



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