https://www.instagram.com/p/Bg1XbjoA8eq/ Dear Reader, Six years ago, I was outraged. I first saw Trayvon Martin on Facebook. My sister held up her phone and there was his body, laying on the ground. He was life less, still to the point of unreality. I thought it was just one of those Facebook things -- fake news before … Continue reading 1A.
Dear Reader, This was the book review I didn't want to write. In fact, I wrote several other posts before this one because I'm not a fan of disliking things. But here we are. For this review, I read The Changling by Victor Lavalle. This was a read that several of my friends read and … Continue reading Pacing and turning the page in The Changling
Dear Reader, It has been an action-packed couple of weeks so I apologize for not keeping you updated with the goings-on in my writing life. But you know you can follow me on Instagram and Twitter, right? So the thing I want to write about and tell you right now that’s super cool is The Colony, … Continue reading Reppin’ The Colony: Houston POC Writers Unite!
Dear Reader, My dad. I say that with such a heavy sigh. He died in 2003 and every Father's Day has been a bit tough ever since. But this one isn't. The holiday snuck up on me and today I wonder what he would say about his family in 2018? Oh, the Cuban would have … Continue reading Happy Father’s Day, Papi.
Dear Reader, Aye, Anthony. Bourdain's death hit me hard. My breath caught. Still in bed, I scrolled through social media hoping it was not true. And then the CNN statement caught my eye. It was true and so I said the truth out loud for me to hear. It took a while for my body … Continue reading Goodbye, Anthony B. The pain is done.
Dear Reader, I just had another poem published. "In the Aftermath" is a found poem using Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's comments from the press conference after the Santa Fe shooting. I, like many others, was upset after the events from Santa Fe. I wanted to create something and remember a workshop I took about … Continue reading “In the Aftermath”: New poem published in the U.K.
Dear Reader, Let's talk about a memoir, shall we? It's been a bit since I've done a book review. With the end of the semester, the student group I advise, and with setting up my summer, it's been a busy time. But I'm back with a review! And I'm psyched that for this review, … Continue reading Blooming through life: Memoir in Nightblooming Jasmin(n)e.
Dear Reader, This is your tape. I started watching the first season of 13 Reasons Why last year after my students told me how good it was. They told me the basic premise, and I was, of course, intrigued. It was a great series. Not good but great. Until the scene. The scene when … Continue reading Why I won’t watch the new season of 13 Reasons Why.
Dear Reader, Just a quick note that my latest piece, an essay called "Letter to the Child Never Coming", has been published by Queen Mobs Teahouse! I'm excited that this piece has been published. I've read this piece for the 18th anniversary of Nuestra Palabra two years ago, but hadn't published it. When my … Continue reading “Letter to the Child Never Coming”.
Dear Reader, The first time I heard his voice was in my head and I loved it. I was living in Wichita, Kansas where there wasn't a lot of Afro-Latinos and everything was foreign. I picked up The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and I started to breathe again. I didn't know … Continue reading I Am Disappointed.