The moment I've been waiting for since I was a boy and knew that words were something I wanted to commit my life to, whether through graffiti, rap, and eventually essays and poetry. There isn't a way to describe this other than I imagine it's what a kid must feel like who has always wanted to be a basketball player then finally gets drafted into the NBA. Only difference is I'm not freakishly athletic and am not going to be famous and making hundreds of thousands of dollars BUT the hustle, sweat, and YEARS of patience and building myself up for this has finally paid off by getting me this sort of professional recognition. Big THANK YOU to Black Lawrence Press for taking my first full-length book, titled Piñata Theory, and also for taking my smaller chapbook in a previous competition this year. That makes two books coming out in the next two years (Sep. 2019 and Sep. 2020) with BLP. Biggest thanks to those who have worked close to me and supported me throughout the making of these books, especially my wife Bri, my classmates and professors at USF, Cal, and Foothill, and my grandparents in both Mexico and US who aren't all still here but live on in these poems. Truly truly honored. I still have a lot to give and more poetry projects being developed/almost done so hopefully this is the beginning *insert praying hands emoji here*. Peace!!