Space Junk from the Heavenly Palace (Nomadic Press, 2023)
As a chunk of the Chinese Space Station, Tiāngōng or 天宫一号 or Heavenly Palace, hurls itself into the Monterey Bay, the main character finds themselves enmeshed in the same colorful, chaotic crashing through spheres of space or voids of phones or the dark empty of love and the self.
Imaginary Animal 2nd Edition
(Willow Books, 2021)
Poetry collection by Rachelle Linda Escamilla, Chicana poet from the Central Coast of California. Second edition. 2014 Grand Prize Winner for Poetry, Willow Books Literature Awards. Escamilla was a visiting scholar at the Library of Congress, Hispanic Division, where she conducted research around her grandfather's 1969 testimony for the fair treatment of migrant laborers in California. While at the Library of Congress, Escamilla recorded her poems for the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape: Palabra and published an article, Searching for my Family with the Library of Congress.
Me Drawing a Picture of Me[n]
(Willow Books, 2019)
me drawing a picture of me[n] is not a poetry book to open to any random page, but an impressionistic story that unfolds deliberately and rhythmically. It is desperate and loving, sexy and sad, the story of a city, men, and the interior of a body, a tumor that “leaned on my ovary like your head on my/ shoulder.” At its core, this is a love letter, shot through with disappointment and longing— “We are a pelican song. We are a soft whistle. We are// nothing really.” —and it is shockingly beautiful on every page.
--Katie Booth, John W. Kluge Fellow, Library of Congress
Searching for My Family
(Library of Congress, 2019)