Palabras in Each Fist

These poems twirl their skirts as they explore bi-cultural identity, growing up, a young mother's struggles, and the limits of language. Half Guatemalan and half Anglo, the speaker worries about "black-topped boys with butterscotch skin" who whistle at her, but loves how flowers "explode into curls of crepe." She doesn't understand Spanish or why tragedy jabs into our lives, but still she sings. More
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About Rebecca Balcarcel

Rebecca Balcárcel is the author of QUIJANA, a middle-grade novel that features a bi-racial teen, due out in 2019 from Chronicle Books. Rebecca serves the students of Tarrant County College as Associate Professor of English. She took her MFA from Bennington Writing Seminars where she was awarded the Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize. Her essays and poems have appeared in over forty literary journals, including North American Review, Third Coast, descant, South Dakota Reivew, 5AM, Oklahoma Review, and Concho River Review. She received an Individual Artist Grant from NE Tarrant County Arts Council in 2010. Rebecca gives talks at libraries and schools. On her YouTube channel, SixMinuteScholar, she offers writing tips and literary analysis. Rebecca is mother to three and enjoys taking walks. Her past adventures include biking 1300 miles, skydiving, and nursing twins.

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"Guatemala" by Rebecca Balcarcel
Rebecca reads her poem, "Guatemala" (1:52)

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