BOOKS & ONLINE PUBLICATIONS
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Words or Water
Praise for Words or Water:
Li Yun Alvarado's Words or Water is an affective map of the Nuyorican archipelago, as oceanic as it is embodied.
-- Urayoán Noel author of Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico and In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam
Li Yun Alvarado's poems carve a double-tongued space of longing and resistance, where we can pause to breathe. Read release and renewal in the soft, clear light of her words.
-- Evie Shockley, author of a half-red sea and the new black
In Words or Water, Li Yun Alvarado chooses both. This book is simultaneously a meditation and a riptide. External violences from bullets to cancer disrupt our inner worlds. Unconditional love brings us back to center where life regenerates into its full prowess in the nuances of a first and final breath. We are reminded that life is good even when it isn’t.
-- Magdalena Gómez, poet, playwright, educator; author of Shameless Woman
"All I want is a lemon"
"Aquí" and "Here"
"Hechizo para congelar"
"His Thumb on My Belly"
"I Imagine Him Small"
"In Search of Oceans"
"Momentos de María"
"polvorín en mayo"
"To the White Parenting 'Expert'"
"Waiting for Cosmos”
"A Puro Puños"
"Literatura, Música, y (Huracán) María: Reflections from the Diaspora"
"Date with LA: Retro Row Helps New Yorker Adapt to Long Beach"
"Welfare Baby" (OpEd)
Essays on Writing
"The Power of the Post-It: Writing My Life into Existence"
"The Art of Low Stakes Daily Writing"
"Pass Back Through our Hearts."
Review of How Long She'll Last in this World by María Meléndez.
"Chicana in New York City: Gloria Anzaldúa on Spirituality and the City"
"Beyond Nation: Caribbean Poetics in Pedro Pietri's 'Puerto Rican Obituary' and Kamau Brathwaite's 'Islands and Exiles'"
de Salinas al Mundo
"Words or Water: An Interview With Nuyorican Poet LiYun Alvarado"
Limited Edition Chapbook, 2013
move from New York City to Long Beach, CA in 2012.
Cover Art: Amy Díaz-Infante