I learned today that The Caribbean Writer has awarded me the First Lady Cecile de Jongh Literary Prize ($500) for my publication in Volume 28! The prize is given to an author “whose work best expresses the spirit of the Caribbean.”
I’m incredibly grateful to the editorial board for selecting me for this wonderful prize, and for everyone who helped make my nonfiction piece “Becoming a Man,” worthy of such an honor.
And congratulations to all the other winners!
I’ve received my chapbook author copies! If you’re interested in writing up a review for a blog or literary magazine, please get in touch with me and I’ll mail you a complimentary copy.
My poetry chapbook, In The Land of Tropical Martyrs, is now available for pre-order here.
Big thanks to the wonderful Crystal Simone-Smith at Backbone Press for making my work available!
I received the news today that my nonfiction piece “Becoming a Man,” about a somewhat traumatic yet formative childhood experience I had in Cuba, has been accepted for publication by The Caribbean Writer!
I began working on this particular piece in Lynne Barret‘s wonderful undergraduate nonfiction class at Florida International University. An earlier draft won first place in F.I.U.’s Student Literary Awards, which inspired me to keep working on it. Lynne, as well as many of my classmates, were instrumental in helping me improve the piece, which after several revisions and many years later has now found a home in print. I’m extremely grateful for everyone’s help and encouragement, and I’m honored to now have “Becoming a Man” be part of such a great journal.
I’d like to thank author Cristina Henríquez for allowing me to share my #UnkownAmericans story. Check the website for so many other wonderful immigrant stories.
Also, I recommend getting a copy of Cristina’s very moving novel about immigrant families, The Book of Unknown Americans!
I’m very happy to share that my short story “Hope” has been published in the summer issue of Michigan Quarterly Review, one of my favorite journals! Huge thanks to editor Jonathan Freedman and managing editor Vicki Lawrence for accepting the piece and offering some insightful editorial advice.
Big thanks also go to my friends Artem and Jonathan, and my wonderful wife Alina, for their invaluable feedback on the earlier drafts of this piece!
The 2014 Baltimore Review print anthology has been released! It’s now available for purchase here. The anthology includes my flash fiction piece, “Beets,” which is based on my experiences at a youth labor camp in Cuba.
The Baltimore Review is an outstanding journal showcasing lots of emerging writers. I’m honored to have had my work accepted by them and to see it appear in this latest anthology. Here’s a picture of my beautiful contributor copy!