LOSS AND OTHER RIVERS THAT DEVOUR charts the evolution of one son’s grief as he reconciles his identity with the expectations of his late father. In this journey of becoming, Gustavo Barahona-López struggles with and is shaped by loss and its many hauntings: toxic masculinity, colonial erasures of language and heritage, and the legacy of the United States’ xenophobic immigration policies.
Gustavo Barahona-López is a writer and educator from Richmond, California. In his writing, Barahona-López draws from his experience growing up as the son of Mexican immigrants. His micro-chapbook 'Where Will the Children Play?' was part of the Ghost City Press 2020 Summer Series. He was a finalist for the 2021 Quarterly West poetry prize. A member of the Writer's Grotto and a VONA alum, Barahona-López's work can be found or is forthcoming in Iron Horse Literary Review, Puerto del Sol, The Acentos Review, Apogee Journal, Hayden's Ferry Review, among other publications.