ESSAYS & INTERVIEWS
"Literatura, Música, y (Huracán) María: Reflections from the Diaspora"
August 28, 2018
print version in:
Boricua en la Luna: An Anthology of Puerto Rican Voices
Days later Hurricane María ripped through Puerto Rico.
I could not reach my parents for six long days."
"Date with LA: Retro Row Helps New Yorker Adapt to Long Beach”
July 31, 2018
"The Power of the Post-It: Writing My Life into Existence"
Women Who Submit
March 9, 2016
"The Art of Low Stakes Daily Writing and How it Can Transform Your Year"
The Practice of Creativity with Michele T. Berger
January 18, 2016
essay in Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education
"Here was a Puerto Rican professor who understood my three cultures: mainland, island, and academia-land without words. I had found my newest mentor and a piece of home at Yale..."
"I finish my poem. After the show, senior after senior approaches me to thank me for my words. They tell me about their own struggles to write their essays and to make them meaningful to their lives and experiences. Over and over I hear what I knew was the case for my classmates and for myself. We saw our senior essays not as just another assignment, but also as an opportunity to create knowledge about our respective communities and lives..."
From the Publisher: "Wise Latinas is a collection of personal essays addressing the varied landscape of the Latina experience in higher education. For some Latinas, college, where they are vastly underrepresented, is the first time they are immersed in American culture outside their homes—and where the values of two cultures often clash. Wise Latinas is in part a response to this widening gap.
Featuring acclaimed writers such as Sandra Cisneros, Norma Cantú, and Julia Alvarez, to name a few, Wise Latinas shows that there is no one Latina college experience. With thoughtful and engaging pieces, Wise Latinas provides a platform for Latina writers to share their experiences in higher education and gives a voice to the many Latina women who have taken risks, embraced the new, confronted change, and maintained (and in some cases found) their roots."
Editor: Jennifer De Leon
University of Nebraska Press. 2014.
"A Puro Puños"
Encuentro al Sur
February 12, 2010
1968. Don Cornelio el primero wakes him early early to cut cane. Rough touch. Tongue sweet. Papi up up up, early early. Only early risers live up to big names like Cornelio el terzero. The cock crows and there is work to be done."