"I think that’s my central challenge and preoccupation—to allow individual poems as well as the book (GILT) to be a liminal space, where answers aren’t accessible to us, because in any instance of violence, what is the answer, really? How do we explore such barren landscapes— landscapes fraught with the aftermath of violence, landscapes where girls aren’t welcome, where girls are the fear-riddled creatures we’ve brought them up to be, no matter the country?"
Spotlight Series 2016: Interview at TheThe Review's Infoxicated Corner
"I think readers have to be willing to be moved toward the uncomfortable, the in-between. As readers, then, we can’t engage with art, or poetry, without doing the work—or, as you say, approaching the work on its own terms. Honestly, though, I think this question is also one couched in the political, which is what makes it so compelling to think about in our current moment...It seems to me that we want the same thing from our “ideal authors” that we do from our “ideal readers” and “ideal citizens.” We just want one another to be engaged, to be willing to do the work of active listening, to be open to learning something in the process of engaging with the text. So, yes, the responsibility definitely falls in between, especially for those of us writing across cultures, across national boundaries, and toward a poetics that is more inclusive, more intersectional, and with the goal of spreading understanding and empathy."
Conversations with Contributors at The Adroit Journal
"My hope is related to your observation about being first-gen, 'being a woman of color in America,' being told throughout my life that my experiences weren’t valid; I want GILT to validate the experiences of women of color, victims of violent crime, immigrants—anyone who has been told they won’t be seen. The book’s dedication (which will appear in the version that goes live March 15th) reads: for survival. for your multitudes. I hope this book makes readers look at those multitudes, especially when the looking hurts."
"POCs are rarely (if ever) exoticized because we want to be, and so our consent is often not even part of the equation. In that sense, to be exoticized, especially by our lovers, is subversively damaging, in that it keeps us at a distance from true intimacy, and has a defamiliarizing effect on our selves."
"When the Looking Hurts" at PetPoetics
"Your rituals (writing or not): Not-writing: at least once a month, I go to this diner by campus & order black coffee & an egg sandwich & listen to a couple hours’ worth of podcasts in a booth. I try to not write or check my phone during that time, to just set time aside to learn things about the world, or listen to poems, or laugh by myself. The older I get, the harder it becomes for me to carve out time for productive solitude in my day–but I find that those moments are the ones where I feel most human, most myself."
Tiny Spills at Cosmonauts Avenue