artist's biographical resume
When I was 12 and my brother Johnny was 16, he left his book,
Down These Mean Streets by Piri Thomas, lying around and I picked it up.
It was the first time characters in a book looked like the people in my neighborhood.
I couldn't put the book down. After that, I read all the books I could find.
i always had a thing with words
I grew up in two worlds, raised by an immigrant mother on American soil.
I ran around New York City streets with a set of Spanish words and another set of English ones.
I learned to navigate between both worlds
by mixing and playing with words from a young age.
poetry really chose me
I changed my mind about joining the military after high school because I wanted
to experience the same
freedom as the poets in Henry's college newspaper.
And it was on!
The idea that one could say, in poetry, whatever she is thinking was liberating
to a young woman who had been taught to be seen and not heard.
By the time I got to college, silence had almost killed me.
So you could say that
poetry came just at the right time and saved my life.
from my struggles with spirit, from evolution that is not always graceful,
and I'm also lucky with inspiration.
Writing is about trying. And about faith, ultimately.
I am still turning my art over.
I suppose the meaning of my art becomes ashes and then fire again with time and examination.
The more I write and trust my inner impulses, the more certain the meaning becomes.
For now, all that seems to be holding true is...
write from my corazon, my world won't fall.
(photo credit: derek alvez)