I'm thrilled to share that, for its "superior book cover artwork," Driving without a License is the recipient of a 2018 Eric Hoffer da Vinci Eye Award! The cover features "Day 56" from Michelle Blade's "366 Days of the Apocalypse" series and the cover is designed by Dede Cummings. I especially want to thank my press, Alice James Books, for letting its authors be a part of the publishing process! Click here for more information about the award and to see the full list of winners.
In February, I had the opportunity to read excerpts from Driving without a License at the Poesía Peligrosa series at UC Riverside. This special reading and homecoming would not have been possible without the collaboration between and financial support from Poets & Writers, the Paul & Daisy Soros Foundation, and UC Riverside's PODER (Providing Opportunities, Dreams, and Education in Riverside) and Chicano Students Programs--THANK YOU!
On Wednesday, 5/25, New York City actors will be performing excerpts from Driving without a License along with other poems that explore (un)documented immigration, migration, home, exile, and what it means to be(come) American. Reserve your tickets now.
Thank you to the Asian American Writers' Workshop and Jennifer Hayashida for hosting such a fantastic reading with Ocean Vuong, Wendy Xu, and myself! We packed the house!
I am happy to share that my poem, "Shift," which first appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, is today's featured poem on Poetry Daily! Thank you to the editors for selecting the poem and for helping to spread the word about Driving without a License!
From the airport, after flying to Ogden to attend my Book Release Party, my dad texted me this photo:
I'm in the Sunday edition of the Los Angeles Times!!! (See the digital version of the article here.)
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:
Thank you to Library Journal for listing Driving without a License--alongside collections by Frank Bidart, Rita Dove, Adrienne Rich, Juan Felipe Herrera, Lyn Hejinian, francine j. harris, Kim Addonizio, Campbell McGrath, Pablo Neruda, Aracelis Girmay, Bernadette Mayer, Jamaal May, Phillis Levin, Tyehimba Jess, and more--as a top poetry pick for spring 2016! See the article here.
Every week a different fellow takes over the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships Instagram account to share their New American story. This week, I shared a little bit about my beagles, my Lolo Lazarus, and what it is like living in a landlocked state.
Emotive Fruition, a performance series where actors bring poetry to life on stage, is seeking submissions for its May 25th show at the Botanic Lab in NYC. This episode will be held in conjunction with the release of my debut collection, Driving Without a License, winner of the Kundiman Prize for Poetry. The event is co-sponsored by Kundiman.
For this themed performance, we are looking for published or unpublished poems that explore notions and experiences of (un)documented immigration, migration, home, exile, and/or what it means to be(come) American. We are seeking poems that are written in the first person and can function as a story, a confession, a revelation, an elegy, a reckoning, a moment of desire, etc. We are interested in how a poem on the page can come to life on stage, with the voice of the poet coming through the voice of the actor.
After poems are selected and poets notified, we will hold a rehearsal in Manhattan with both poets and actors on May 23rd. Because of the nature of the collaboration, you must be able to travel to NYC for the rehearsals and performance. We look forward to reading your work!