Naca’s poetry explores her multicultural Puerto Rican and Filipina heritage, sexuality, and interest in linguistics. A selection of poems in Bird Eating Bird are written in Spanish, a language that Naca learned in order to better understand her Puerto Rican background. In an interview for Bombsite.com, she explained that “the poems document my mouth conforming to the sounds of words.” Naca also described the process of intense revision in completing her collection as “doing reverse taxidermy, refitting the poems’ skins around clouds of ideas.”
Bird Eating Bird was a 2010 Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and Naca was awarded an Honorable Mention in Poetry from the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund. She teaches Asian American and Latino literature and creative writing at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.