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Thrilled to share that my chapbook "Luz Like Love" was selected as a finalist for the Alta California Chapbook Prize.
While I didn't win this time, it's good to know this little book is on the right track.
Congratulations to all the winners, honorable mention, and finalists:
ALTA CALIFORNIA CHAPBOOK PRIZE
The winners of the second Alta California Prize, selected by Francisco Aragón from an incredibly rich collection of submissions, are:
Florencia Milito‘s Sor Juana
Gabriel Ibarra‘s On Display.
Francisco also recognized
Felipe De La Rosa‘s Summer Blooms in Paramount as an honorable mention.
In addition to the winners and honorable mention,
eight poets were distinguished as finalists including:
Elaine Alarcon, Blood Echoes
Li Yun Alvarado, Luz Like Love
Kenneth Chacon, How the Cholo Became a Mystic & Other Dreamer Poems
Tomas Moniz, Theory of Falling Bodies
Melinda Palacio, Alamar
Jorge Quintana, Dying in America
Linda Ravenswood, A Poem Is a House
Danny Romero, My Father’s Friends
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I know I usually chat all things books (and there are some book recs at the end of this post), but with tax time around the corner (thank you deadline extension!), I’ve got my mind on my money and my money on my mind.
I hope you’ll indulge me as I share some of the tools that have helped the husband and me up our finances game.
And by “upping” I mean basic adulting stuff like: getting out of consumer debt, growing our emergency fund, saving for retirement, and doing estate planning for the peace of mind that the kiddos are all set if god forbid the worst ever happened.
Ok now that I write it all out like that I’m high-fiving myself because I’m so proud of us for getting our sh*t together.
Growing up, neither of us had solid role models when it came to long term financial planning, so this all feels like a huge accomplishment for our little familia.
And because I love sharing what's helped me with anyone who'll listen, below are two resources that were total game changers for us over the last two years:
Last week I wrote about getting my personal finances (and our family’s finances) in order.
I believe having personal finances under control can really help give you the room to think more intentionally about your creative finances (both income & expenses).
So if your personal finances feel overwhelming, I encourage you to check out last week's post first.
This week I’d like to share some concrete ways I approach my creative endeavors from a more entrepreneurial angle rather than what the IRS (not me) would call a “hobby”.
In particular, I'll share the way I track and manage income and expenses related to my creative endeavors.
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Personal Finance: HS Edition
In the spring or summer before I was off to college, I went to a free financial workshop offered by Prep for Prep, a leadership development program for New York City students of color like myself.
I still remember two pieces of advice I got that day:
I'm sure I learned a lot more that day, but those are the two kernels of knowledge I still remember clearly. Both helped lay the foundations of my financial future.
Deborah Archer Elected President of the ACLU
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2020 Year In Review: Money Edition
Each year, I complete my annual planning workbook: Write Your 2021: Reflect, Set Intentions, & Chart a Course for Your Writing Life.
One of the things I track, and like to share about, are the various income streams I've established to help support my creative life.
Over the last few years I've shared these money updates on the blog, in part because us creatives aren't always as honest and transparent about the role money -- and more precisely financial security -- plays in our ability to create and do good work in the world.
2020: Writing Life in Review
A THREAD 1/ A #WritingLife is not lived by #Publications alone. Here's my #writinglife #yearinreview. Prefer it all in one place? Read the full thing here: liyunalvarado.com/blog/2020review
2/ January Blogs: "Earthquakes in Puerto Rico" & "2019 Money Update" https://www.liyunalvarado.com/blog/archives/01-2020
3/ March: MAY I SPOTLIGHT YOUR WORK: I invited my community to submit work for spotlighting in my newsletter and in my #PoetryPause series in April: https://www.liyunalvarado.com/spotlight.html
4/ March, April, May: quarantine and no childcare. #yatusabes
5/ May: I began coaching @casslanewrites as she prepares for her book launch. Preorder her amazing memoir, WE ARE BRIDGES, today! #affiliatelink https://bookshop.org/a/300/9781952177927
Picture Books for Puerto Rican Navidad
In Puerto Rico La Navidades are celebrated from Thanksgiving to las Octavitas (the eight days after Reyes -- aka January 14).
I wanted to celebrate our unique approach to the season by featuring some of the picture books that best capture the spirit of our Navidades Boricuas.
Several of the picture books below need to be purchased directly from the publisher, so it's a good idea to snag these titles ASAP if you'd like to enjoy them this holiday season.
I've also included below the Sesame Street Holiday CD that features María & Luis singing an aguinaldo (traditional Puerto Rican Christmas Carol).
¡Wepa! ¡Feliz Navidad!
For holiday celebrations beyond Puerto Rico, check 0ut this booklist:
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