The digital issue of the latest MiPOesias has been released! You can download it on iTunes. I’m thrilled to be in such amazing company. This digital version includes recordings of my poems “In The Trails of Montserrat,” “Remain,” and “Van Gogh’s Razor Blade.” Check it out here!
I’m very happy to find out that my former professor and mentor at Boston University’s MFA program, author Ha Jin, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Ha Jin’s work was one of the main reasons I applied to B.U.’s program. After studying under him and relying on him still for guidance, I can honestly say I’ve seldom met a more humble, approachable, and brilliant literary mind. News of Ha Jin’s election can be found here.
If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend watching this incredible conversation between Junot Diaz and Toni Morrison. What they have to say about literature, gender, and race is incredibly important.
Happy to see my former poetry professor Denise Duhamel be named one of the finalists for this year’s National Book Critics Circle Award! I took Denise’s Poetic Techniques course as an undergrad at Florida International University a few years back. She’s a wonderful professor and a great poet. Big congrats!
I’ve just found out today that my short story “The Comforter,” which is based on tragic events that took place at a psychiatric hospital in Havana a few years ago, has been accepted for publication by the Southern Humanities Review! I’m excited to see this particular story in such a great journal.