Watsonville Creator Olga Rosales Salinas Debuts Poetry Assortment Exploring Motherhood and Ritual By way of Lore Primarily based Narrative

Poet and writer Olga Rosales Salinas launched her debut poetry assortment, La Llorona, Poetry and Prose, revealed by Birch Bench Press. All gross sales from the gathering, which explores themes in assimilation tradition, religion, loss, and womanhood total, will profit the scholarship fund, The Rosales Sisters’ Scholarship. Alongside along with her 5 sisters, Rosales Salinas created the non-profit in 2019 to assist first-generation or immigrant college students attending highschool within the Central Coast of California, the place they grew up.

This debut assortment of poetry and prose, La Llorona, begins with a journey between two lovers, La Llorona and a Beloved. Whereas La Llorona writes from the land of the lifeless, a Beloved replies from the land of the residing. The letters between the 2 lovers play as a backdrop to the quick story La Llorona that ends the gathering. Due to these letters, after we learn the quick story, we already know the primary character; we all know her internal ideas, sorrows, and why she haunts the residing.

The e book’s three sections cowl the mercurial relationship with “dwelling,” the journey by means of the “course of” of coming of age, and motherhood by means of the fogged lens of worry. All through this work, worry presents itself by means of two Mexican-folklore characters that Rosales Salinas grew up fearing, La Llorona and El Cucuy. Rosales Salinas describes what life is like when worry turns into greater than internal dialogue however as a substitute grabs maintain as an integral side of identification.

“La Llorona is a deeply felt e book stuffed with meditations on what it means to be a girl, a mom, a lover, however most of all, a poet. Her tales are as needed and well timed as they’re acquainted. In her poetry and prose, Rosales Salinas reveals that our many selves are intertwined, inextricable, and that as a lot as we attempt to start anew, we’re tied to our histories, our pasts, our moms: I carry weight like her/ the load of her. However heaviness will not be what defines this e book; it brims with pleasure and love.” — Maceo Montoya, The Scoundrel and the Optimist, 2011 Worldwide Latino E book Award for “Finest First E book”, High Ten New Latino Writers to Watch.

Press Contact : Publicist, Lila Goehring, lgoehring@alumnae.mills.edu

Supply: Rosales Sisters’ Scholarship