Jessica Helen Lopez – Week 39 Chapbook Chart 2020

Breathtakingly tender, playful, and generous one moment; sharp and unapologetically brutal the next, these poems by Lopez transport the reader into the complex landscape of feminine power with a dynamic but inarguable force. Honest to the marrow, Lopez never sugar coats. And yet this work rings with a sweetness nonetheless: the kind it takes a warrior to earn.

Jessica Helen Lopez is City of Albuquerque Poet Laureate, Emeritus and the host of arts-based PBS, ¡COLORES! She has also been a featured writer for 30 Poets in their 30’s by MUZZLE and named one of the “10 Up and Coming Lantinx Poets You Need to Know” by international digital publisher and agency, Remezcla. Lopez is a nationally recognized award-winning slam poet, and holds the title of 2012 and 2014 Women of the World City of ABQ Champion. Her first collection of poetry, Always Messing with Them Boys (West End Press, 2011) made the Southwest Book of the Year reading list and was also awarded the Zia Book Award presented by NM Women Press. Her second collection of radical feminist poetry, Cunt. Bomb. is published by Swimming with Elephants Publication (2014).

1 –  Cunt.bomb. – Jessica Helen Lopez (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013)

2 – Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone – Thiahera Nurse and Reginald Gibbons (Northwestern University Press, 2019)

3 – New American Best Friend – Olivia Gatwood (Button Poetry, 2017)

4 – The Coming of the Old Ones – Jeffrey Thomas (Forma Street Press 2019)

5 – The Florida Skunk Ape – Jacob Desjarlais (Independently published, 2020)

6 – Enormous Changes at the Last Minute – Grace Paley (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1985)

7 – On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, July 2017)

8 – Crying in Color – Amanda Lucinda (Independently published, 2020)

9 – The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named: Poems – Nicole Sealey (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

10 – Puro Amor  – Sandra Cisneros (Sarabande Books, 2018)

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