My family subscribed to the Los Angeles Times--it was the newspaper that I often combed through in search of articles to educate myself about the climate surrounding undocumented immigration debates, particularly in Southern California. That said, it is surreal to share that my debut collection, Driving without a License, was reviewed by Stephen Burt in the Los Angeles Times!
Burt writes, "It stands far apart from most first books, and from most books of autobiographical or narrative poetry, for the unpredictable vigor in its rhythmically irregular lines, especially in its depictions of youthful adventures."
Thank you to Barbara Hoffert and Library Journal for reviewing and naming Driving without a License a "Top Spring Poetry: Seventeen Don’t-Miss Titles from Veteran and Upcoming Authors." Hoffert writes:
This lovely write-up of "On This Muddy Water": Voices from the Houston Ship Channel was recently shared with me. I loved this moment in the review the most (and today miss hearing "If you got it rollin', you let it roll..."):
By far, my favorite piece was "Let It Roll", performed by Heath Martin, because it felt like I was listening to a seaman. Even while I was still listening to it, I felt a little sad that there's a very good chance I will never hear that piece of music again in my life. Of course, I imagine that this was all recorded either in rehearsal or another of the performances, but it won't necessarily be widely available. I would like to hear the entire program again so I can absorb more, but especially that piece.
Thank you, Amy Sisson, for this thoughtful review!