GREYHOUND AMERICANS traverses a childhood and adolescence filled with loss, love, and complex exploration of selfhood and history.
“Dazzlingly queer, inclusive, celestial, with indigenous ancestral heart, GREYHOUND AMERICANS, by award winning poet Moncho Alvarado, confronts a family history of borderland politics by discovering a legacy of violence, grief, trauma, and survival. Through poems that have an unmistakable spirit, tenderness, intimacy, and humility. These poems' persistent resilience creates a constellation of songs, food, flowers, family, community, and trans joy, that, by the end, wants you to feel loved, nourished, and wants you to remember to say, “I’m alive, I'm alive, I'm alive.”
Poetry. LGBTQ+ Studies. Latinx Studies. Border Studies.
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Moncho is a Cihuayollotl trans Xicanx poet, translator, visual artist, and educator. She is the author of GREYHOUND AMERICANS (Saturnalia Books 2022), which was the winner of the 2020 Saturnalia Book Prize, selected by Diane Seuss. She has been published in Hayden's Ferry Review, Foglifter, 2018 Emerge Lambda Fellows Anthology, Poets.org, and other publications. She is a recipient of fellowships and residencies from The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Lambda Literary, Poets House, Troika House, the Summer Seminar at Sarah Lawrence College, and won the Academy of American Poet's John B. Santoianni award for excellence in poetry. She has been awarded the Thomas Lux Scholarship for dedication to teaching, demonstrated through writing workshops with youths in Sunnyside Community Services in Queens, New York. She spends time between Queens, NY with her partner and Pacoima, CA with her family.