M. Palmer-Cervantes

Biography

Studied literary theory at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, there completing two manuscripts. First novel, 'Syzygy,' completed after returning home to the Greater Los Angeles Area and the Inland Empire. Works with low-income elementary students in hometown of Pomona, CA, promoting independent/DIY publishing and engaging the local art and literary communities.

My writing tends to center around lit theory and exploratory philosophy; influences range from the Black Mountain School to the Fiction Collective, from Nikos Kazantzakis to Samuel Beckett, Faulkner and Steinbeck and Garcia Marquez to J.D. Salinger and Jose Antonio Villarreal, from Gertrude Stein and T.S. Eliot to Curtis White, David Foster Wallace, Thalia Field, Mark Z. Danielewski, Jonathan Franzen, and T.C. Boyle, and many more in between. Frequent motifs include music, secular spiritualism, and nature. I try to characterize my style with a sense of poetic form and playfulness, unconventional structure through instinctual drive, and fluid rhythm.

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