It’s National Poetry Month! Today Karma Chavez talks with Chicana jota poet Verónica Reyes to have a conversation about the art and the politics behind her work and what it means for the culture at large.
Verónica Reyes is a Chicana feminist jota poet from East Los Angeles, California. She earned her BA from California State University, Long Beach and her MFA from University of Texas, El Paso. She scripts poetry for the people. Her poems give voice to all her communities: Chicanas/os, immigrants, Mexicanas/os, and la jotería. Reyes has won AWP’s Intro-Journal Project, an Astraea Lesbian Foundation Emerging Artist award, and has been a Finalist for Andrés Montoya Poetry award. She has received grants and fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation, and Montalvo Arts Center. Her first poetry book, “Chopper! Chopper! Poetry from Bordered Lives,” won many awards including Best Poetry from International Latino Book Awards 2014.