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A Cup of Water Under My Bed is a Guernica Editors’ Pick, a Kirkus Best Nonfiction Book, and winner of an IPPY Award for memoir!

Boston Globe: “Gorgeously written from start to finish, the book’s emotional heart is in the author’s childhood, and it reverberates through her adulthood.”

Lambda Literary: “Her deft hand with language, imagery, and emotion create an internal world that is both intimate and achingly beautiful.”

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her deft hand with language, imagery, and emotion create an internal world that is both intimate and achingly beautiful. – See more at: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/reviews/09/27/a-cup-of-water-under-my-bed-by-daisy-hernandez/#sthash.8Fk1Qkoj.dpuf
her deft hand with language, imagery, and emotion create an internal world that is both intimate and achingly beautiful. – See more at: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/reviews/09/27/a-cup-of-water-under-my-bed-by-daisy-hernandez/#sthash.8Fk1Qkoj.dpuf

MSNBC had me on the Melissa Harris-Perry show to talk about the “kissing bug” disease, or Chagas, and big pharmaceuticals. Sen. Bernie Sanders called my story on Chagas and racial health disparities a “must read.” Follow my work at TheAltantic.com on advocacy efforts to raise awareness about the disease and how drug companies are targeting poor Latin American immigrants.

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Rumpus published my essay “Collares” about the Afro-Cuban religion Regla de Ocha, and Tricycle has posted my essay “Envidia” about Cuban azabaches and loving kindness meditation.

Lambda Literary honored me with the 2015 Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award.

Dogwood chose “Los Ojos” as the winner of their 2015 creative nonfiction contest.

My commentary is up at NPR’s CodeSwitch: 4 Reasons Why Scandal Is A Telenovela. And A Good One.

Gulf Coast published my essay “The Bus Stop” about the shifting racial demographics of my hometown. The current print issue of Juked has my short story “Cuello,” and the online spiritual magazine Killing the Buddha published my essay “The Buddha Loves Boundaries.”

Beacon Broadside and The Advocate posted my essay “Places to Remember: In Memory of Leslie Feinberg,” about the passing of the trans author and activist.