News and Upcoming Events


Book Cover Design Released!

April 29, 2019

One of my amazingly talented 10th grade students, Iselle Kim, created the cover for my first poetry book. She is one of the coolest, most hardworking, analytical students I've ever had the honor of teaching in my nine years, and I'm so grateful for her involvement in this process for my debut book! Look out for her in a few years when she's a bomb artist making waves in the world.

Heart of Oakland

April 26, 2019

Humbled as ever to be invited to share the stage in Oakland's historic Fox Theater with my students and other artists to raise money for funding our school's mission at Oakland School for the Arts. Donate, support, show some love. The school is an amazing space for young, talented, motivated Bay Area students who practice all forms of artistic and academic expression, but sadly, is underfunded and in need of any financial boosting. If nothing else, spread the word to your people. I'll be reading a poem with five of my Latino students who I've taught over the past two years -- two are actors, two are vocalists and one is an audio production engineer.

Flor Y Canto Literary Festival Reading

April 11, 2019

Excited that I was invited to be a part of this reading in the Mission. Will be sharing about what it means to "run" as the son of immigrants, and will be reading with a group of up and coming San Francisco poets. Check us out at Mission Skateboards (3045 24th St). The poster artwork was created by East Bay artist, poet, and activist, L7 -- check him out on Facebook under the name Tochtli Xochitl.

BAMPFA Poetry Reading (Acentos Review 10 Year Anniversary)

April 06, 2019

Curated by the amazing Raina Leon, some of the strongest voices in the Bay Area Latinx community will be sharing their work inside the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives. And I'll happen to be there alongside them. Check out Acentos Review, which is one of the longest standing and reputable Latinx literary journals in the country: http://www.acentosreview.com/


October 09, 2018

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!!

San Francisco Chronicle Feature

October 07, 2018

BIG shout out to David Roderick, a Boston-bred and Bay Area-based poet/educator/scrappy basketball pick-up gamer who always shows love and support for local writers. He wrote a piece about me and featured my new poem in last week's edition of the legendary San Francisco Chronicle. David runs an amazing series called "State Lines" which showcases California writers and their words, so keep an eye out for that. Some of my favorite established and up-and-coming poets (including Javier Zamora and Chiyuma Elliott) have been featured here so I feel blessed to get this recognition. Also, show David some support by checking out his work and snagging one of his poetry books at http://www.davidroderick.net/. LONG LIVE CALIFORNIA WRITERS.

Black Lawrence Press Spring 2018 Black River Chapbook Competition WINNER!!

September 10, 2018

I was equally shocked and humbled to find out that my short collection of poems, This Is Not a Frank Ocean Cover Album, was selected as the winner of the Black Lawrence Press Spring 2018 Black River Chapbook Competition. So much work has gone into this moment and I am extremely grateful for this press believing in my work and giving me the chance to share my poetry with a larger audience. BLP is based out of upstate New York and has put out so many talented writers, like Sam Sax, Dean Rader, and Kristin Chang, so I am hella excited to be a part of this group and to keep pushing my poems out to whoever wants it. The book is coming out in September 2019, so I'll send the word when you can order. Much love.

Garage Room Poetry

April 07, 2017

Literally using my cousin's garage space in the Sunset of San Francisco to read poems with some USF classmates, featuring guest poet, Kazumi Chin. He's an East Bay dude who just dropped his debut book of poems, Having a Coke with Godzilla. Support him by copping the book here: http://siblingrivalrypress.bigcartel.com/product/having-a-coke-with-godzilla

Huizache Pachanga

March 03, 2017

Norma Liliana Valdez is an inspiring educator and poet from San Pablo, CA. She put together this event for Bay Area Huizacheros to read at Tertulia Coffee and Art Gallery on Telegraph Ave. Side plug: check out the Oakland School for the Arts high school students' artwork here. Damn.

Crossroads Poetry Reading in OAK

February 28, 2017

Shout out to Suzy Huerta, a mentor of mine from my community college days at Foothill. She hosts this dope space in Oakland for writers with Bay Area roots. Every last Tuesday of the month.

YouthBuild Just-A-Start

November 02, 2016

Came across this article about a high school class I taught back in 2013. Miss those students and the space we created.

Litquake Reading in SF

October 15, 2016

Doing a reading with some of my MFA familia at USF. Come through!

2016 AWP Intro Journal Award

April 21, 2016

Shout out to Tyhemba Jess for selecting my poem as a winner in the national AWP Intro Journal contest for poetry!

East Meets West Bookstore Reading in Cambridge, MA.

March 30, 2015

Super cool bookstore in Cambridge, MA. Always doing fun events here (including Beat Box Battles) so check it out if you're in Boston. Literally one of my favorite places I discovered after living four years in that freezer box.

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