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Raft of Flame, Lake Merritt Prize, Omnidawn, 2020

Raft of Flame Desirée Alvarez

Poems from Raft of Flame:

Poetry Magazine- Call & Response Between Colonizer & Colonized

LitHub- The Boy’s Face in Toledo

Massachusetts Review- Curiosity Has More Syllables Than Conquer


Reviews of Raft of Flame:

Publishers Weekly

Kenyon Review       Readings:  

Poets House reading

Massachusetts Review reading


Raft of Flame Recommendations:

Library Journal

Latinx Project

Vroman’s Bookstore




Omnidawn Publishing Raft of Flame April 2020

I’m thrilled and honored to announce that my second book of poems will be published by Omnidawn in April 2020. Gratitude to Hoa Nguyen for selecting it as the book prize winner and to the four preliminary judges: Metta Sáma, Rajiv Mohabir, Stacy Szymaszek, and Orlando White.

Brooklyn Poets

I’m honored that my poem was a winner in the Whitman Bicentennial Poetry Contest sponsored by Brooklyn Poets and selected by Mark Doty! There will be commemorative chapbook and a reading at Smack Mellon in DUMBO on May 31. More info at brooklynpoets.org