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February 1,  2020

Want to know who the "nena" in the photograph is? It's me! I was about six years old when I graduated from first grade in Puerto Rico. I lived there for two years as a child, and completed  home school kindergarten and first grade in public school before my family returned to Brooklyn, N.Y. where I was born.

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January 30, 2020

All authors are not poets, but I believe all poets are authors, authors of the heart. Last month I submitted Nenadich Street to my publisher. It debuts many of the poems I have written over the years.. Why the title? There was an old street in my Mom's home town, named Nenadich.  Nena means girl in Spanish, and is often used as a term of endearment. And lastly, my experiences growing up in an urban environment informed my choice of the word "Street." The process of writing poetry is very personal. Individual histories always emerge in one form of another.

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December 25, 2019

As I sent out holiday greetings to friends and family, I again got to thinking about what Christmas means to me. For many first and second generation Americans, Christmas is no longer the celebration that their parents and grandparents embraced. As we become "homogenized", we may trade in their traditions for what TV commercials tell us  Christmas should look like. I love my Christmas tree, Santa, and Christmas carols. But what about Three Kings Day, and "straw" in little boxes for the camels? Do we miss any of it? I do cherish some Christmas memories from my childhood. Read "Elisa" in Puerto Rican Love Stories for the warmth of family and a little joy.

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December 19, 2019

What do you think of this title? I've been thinking a lot about the process that led me to choose it. I realize it might not be so popular; some people are turned off by things "Puerto Rican." Was I looking to make a point?  Frankly, I did not know what else to call it. I thought really hard about it before I sent the manuscript to the copyright office.  There are some publications out there with similar titles, and I did not want potential readers to feel limited by what they might perceive to be a repetitive theme. But it is what it is, and after all, themes of love are universal, which is what, hopefully, will resonate with my readers. Maybe the "Oligarch and The Poet" may have been a better choice; it is the title of the opening story. 


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