Ten Latinx Poets on #NationalPoetryDay

Yesterday was the first day of Spring and the first day I caught a breath. A weeklong cough and a road trip of 1100 miles will do that to you. Today is National Poetry Day. BookRiot published a list of "25 Gateway Poets to Start Reading for World Poetry Day." This had me thinking about… Continue reading Ten Latinx Poets on #NationalPoetryDay

Creativity, difficult times, Encouragement, Faith, Frank de Acosta, Inspiration, poetry

How Love Trumps Hate – A Poem and Photograph

  Alchemy is an ancient practice shrouded in mystery. Its practitioners sought to turn lead into gold through a purification process involving heat. The word "transformation" is a synonym for alchemy. So is "magic" and "power," both which can describe love. Love, an emotion, is also a quality we all need more of during these… Continue reading How Love Trumps Hate – A Poem and Photograph

Encouragement, Inspiration, Wisdom, Writing

Why Do You Write?

This quote resonates with me. In my blog bio, I say something similar about the type of fiction I write for young adults and adults. In my youth, violence, gangs, and drugs surrounded my neighborhood. During my adult career in juvenile justice and corrections, the same issues were part of my daily life, but I… Continue reading Why Do You Write?

Books, Chingonas, Inspiration, poetry, Strong Women, Writing

Michele Serros- Author, Poet, Friend

  My friend died two days ago. Cancer. I knew she had it for several months. Pinche cancer. I really thought she'd survive. Damn it. She married the love of her life, a short three years ago. He was by her side when she left this world. My heart holds a special spot for Michele Serros,… Continue reading Michele Serros- Author, Poet, Friend