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Letras Latinas: Building Literary Community April 27, 2012: As our poetry month (and time on Harriet) comes to a close, I wanted to reflect on an important program that continues to influence the visibility of Latino poetry in this country. If the poetry [...] by

Our Deportees April 23, 2012: Yes, that’s a picture of me carrying a box of grapes. Home from college in the summer of 1993, the only way to spend time with my family was by joining them at work. My father insisted on taking [...] by

The Great Poetry Caper April 18, 2012: Last May, I went to visit my brother Alex in Mexicali, just across the California border. It was the big goodbye. After many years of talking about moving to La Paz on the tip of the Baja California [...] by

Woven Voices April 16, 2012: The subtitle of this book extrapolates further: “3 Generations of Puertorriqueña Poets Look at Their American Lives.” Read that sentence more closely and suddenly the simple description opens up [...] by

The Unsettling Muses April 12, 2012: Pictured above is the actor Ramón Novarro. He’s one of my unsettling muses. As I move forward to the next body of poems after Black Blossoms and Unpeopled Eden (which will be released next year), [...] by

But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise April 9, 2012: Returning to an old tradition and making good use of Harriet to spread the word about poetry books, I wanted to give a shout out to Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, whose debut collection has recently been [...] by

Hunger April 5, 2012: It’s been one of those weeks when, uncharacteristically, I’m affected by the negativity of the media. Yes, it’s an election year, so the political pandering to communities that I don’t (and [...] by

‘Diving into the Wreck’: An Appreciation April 2, 2012: To commemorate the passing of Adrienne Rich, I wanted to offer a different kind of experience: my failure to understand her canonical poem the first time I encountered it. Let me set the stage: high [...] by

Stutter April 27, 2011: I was thrilled to see Jeffrey McDaniel throw some love at Diane Seuss. Here’s a link to an interview I conducted with her last fall over at Critical Mass. I found out about her book visiting Poetry [...] by

Whatchu Reading…? April 25, 2011:   The MFA writing workshop is only part critical feedback, and those enrolled in the Rutgers-Newark program know that I’m big on citizenship–on reading poetry books and reporting back [...] by