July 2, 2012

BOOK OF THE MONTH: OCOTILLO DREAMS by Melinda Palacio

Winner of The Mariposa Award for Best First Book at the 2012 International Latino Book Awards


OCOTILLO DREAMS
by Melinda Palacio
Bilingual Review Press, 2011




Set in Chandler, Arizona, during the city's infamous 1997 migrant sweeps, OCOTILLO DREAMS resonates with today's immigration policies.  But this book is not only about politics and immigration.  This book is about mothers and daughters, love and hate, trust and betrayal, life and death. 




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Melinda Palacio is an award-winning poet and author from South-Central Los Angeles.  She is a former journalist turned writer -- fiction and poetry.  Melinda studied Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley and earned a graduate degree in the same field at UC Santa Cruz. She is a 2007 PEN USA Emerging Voices Rosenthal Fellow and an alum of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. In 2009, she won Kulupi Press' Sense of Place 2009 competition for her poetry chapbook, Folsom Lockdown. Tia Chucha Press will publish her first full-length poetry manuscript, How Fire Is A Story, Waiting Fall 2012. The title poem from that collection has been widely reprinted and represents the first poem she published in 2006.  For more information on this author, visit her at www.melindapalacio.com.