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The amazing Beacon Press is publishing my memoir this September!

“A striking and illuminating memoir of stark beauty that challenges our notions of identity and feminine power; absolutely riveting and unforgettable.”
- Patricia Engel, It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris

You can pre-order now or wait till September 9 and rush Amazon to prove that I’ve written a bestseller!

In other news, watch Dr. Clayton and me in conversation at KGGB, the oldest black-owned radio station in Iowa. We dish on womanism, the term “people of color,” and my new book.

El periódico, the Courier, in Iowa ran a story about my lecture on feminism and Beyoncé at the University of Northern Iowa.

“Stories She Tells Us” is out in the new anthology Wise Latinas: Writers on Education. Read the Kirkus review, and check out the Writers’ Studio at the Center for Fiction in Manhattan where I first drafted the essay.

In These Times ran the commentary “Is the Racial Apology Possible?” 

Houghton Mifflin named “Before Love, Memory” as a notable essay in Best American Essays 2013! And Fourth Genre has posted an interview we did at AWP 2013 about the piece.

My essay “The Judge” came from spending time this year with undocumented children at a foster care agency in South Florida. You can find it at the amazing arts and immigration pub CultureStrike.

Bellingham Review nominated my essay, “The Candy Dish,” for a Pushcart! A special thanks to the Djerassi Artist’s Resident Program, for the time to work on this piece, read Carl Jung, and think more about Cuban fathers, Afro-Cuban religions, and love.

In the fiction arena, my short story “Shorty” is in Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing edited by Lázaro Lima and Felice Picano.