Author: Marcos McPeek Villatoro

  • Checkup at the Asylum

    Checkup at the Asylum

    It’s been five months. The break from reality began the second week of December. Insomnia kicked in first. Then came the tremors. As the winters days turned darker, the moods thickened. A mention of Christmas, the black hole in my existence, put me in a rage. I could howl the roof off the house. Then […]

  • Poet Alexandra Regalado: Life Seen Through the Bulletproof Glass

    Poet Alexandra Regalado: Life Seen Through the Bulletproof Glass

    When I attended the Associated Writing Programs conference in Tampa, Florida in March, I sought out Latinos, because the last time I went to the conference, about ten years ago, AWP truly deserved the nickname that people of color gave it: “All White People.” It’s still a majority white, but I found the Latina/o/x writers […]

  • Rejection Letters

    Rejection Letters

    This is one of the most painful aspects of a writer’s life. If you can work through this one, you’ve crossed a great desert of pain. And, with enough visceral fortitude, you’ll cross it, again, and again, and again. . . When it comes to rejection letters, I always think about one of my favorite […]

  • Writing From the Classroom: Alejandra Gaspar

    Writing From the Classroom: Alejandra Gaspar

    Alejandra, known by her friends as Ally, graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles, in 2016.   The Dwelling Star Abandoned in connected ache, I mold- My bosom, rusting colors of warm wine, Then festering in ardor shant define Our spoiling youth engraved and uncontrolled. In your decay, I seek thy dust to hold; […]

  • Are You a Writer? Make Sourdough Bread!

    Are You a Writer? Make Sourdough Bread!

    Here’s a little entertainment for your Thursday evening, as you head into the weekend. One great habit to pick up if you’re a writer is to make sourdough bread. Because baking sourdough takes a long time. You have to stay in the house to keep an eye on it. There are long, long periods of it rising, […]