Story set in Cuban state boarding school in the 1970s, that generation perched between idealism and cynicism--and also a lot like any teenagers anywhere confronting a moral choice. See issue contents and order magazine here.
Awarded by Poetry Flash magazine and the Northern California Book Reviewers: "Fiat Lux is a beautiful and rich family history in poetry, an engrossing poetic journey through time, place, and history."
I'll be reading from the book on Sunday, Nov. 5, 3 pm, at Art House Gallery in Berkeley
In Los Angeles Review. "Paula Abramo's Fiat Lux revels in narrative, declaring itself a vessel for the poet's ancestors to live forever. This collection allows the author to transcend boundaries, to transform lives into light."
In Revista (Harvard Ctr for Latin American Studies): "A new bilingual edition of one of the most interesting poetry collections in contemporary Mexico. The characters are politically engaged working-class people . . . brought back to life without nostalgia or even melancholy; they are back on the pages of Fiat Lux to celebrate the will to keep fighting."
A staple for several years in the UK, Republic of Consciousness is a prize for literary fiction from small presses, with a new division this year to support small presses in the U.S. and Canada. FAMILY ALBUM from City Lights has been named to this year's finalist "long list" of ten presses and books.
In Southwest Review, Winter print edition, Vol 107 #4, Gabriela Alemán does a noir take on an Orson Welles-style Martian invasion radio hoax in Ecuador in the 1940s, complete with political intrigue. And it comes with a QR code that gets you (ah, technology) to an audio reading/dramatization of the story, done by actors. Also there’s a story by Yuri Herrera (Mexico), translated by Lisa Dillman -- I’m a fan of both of theirs -- and more. ORDER HERE. Story begins:
I I just thought I’d make some money. That’s all I was aiming for. The invitation to the station manager’s office, his proposal—I thought they would put some cash in my empty bank account, so I accepted the idea right away. Who could fault me for that? Given what happened afterward, I guess anybody could. . .
In Modern Poetry in Translation, 2022 #3, print, special focus on food.
Order or subscribe HERE. And Washington Square Review, #49, Summer 2023.
Recording of Paula and me reading one of the poems, in Spanish and English
Feature I wrote on FlowerSong Press, the publisher.
I've been working on Pedro de Jesús's collection GRANOS DE MUDEZ (Silent Syllables, I'm calling it in English). Here's the first one to be published, in Asymptote Journal
From The Head & the Hand Press, an original chapbook of mine with some Cuba memories from 1969 to 1992: "An essay that takes as its namesake one of the most galvanizing, enigmatic women we've had the pleasure to encounter on the page. Cluster's own story of an awakening to activism and Cuba's political landscape, from the 1st Venceremos Brigade onward, is woven into Lázara's singular life story." www.theheadandthehand.com/the-venceremos-brigade