Polaroid, published online in Flash Fiction Magazine


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I love writing flash fiction, and enjoyed writing and rewriting Polaroid. Originally conceived and written in Spanish, I sent the English translation to a UK-based contest, where it was shortlisted, but not published. A reworked version found a wonderful home online at Flash Fiction Magazine. Here is the link. Feel free to comment in the magazine site. Hope you enjoy the story.

Flash Fiction Magazine publishes a  new piece everyday. I have found amazing writing there, consistently. They are currently open for submissions.


Anthology Poems to Keep launched in Guildford, Surrey, UK

As I mentioned in a previous post, I participated in a poetry contest organized by Dempsey & Windle Publishers earlier this year. I was thrilled when Janice’s email arrived letting me know I had won third prize in the competition, a place shared with poet Vasiliki Albedo. The prized poem, Sett Patterns and a second poem among the three I sent, Ice Love, were included in the anthology, Poems to Keep, launched in Guildford in early July.

The book has been printed, launched, and I have already received my author’s copy. It is a fantastic read and I strongly recommend it. It includes poems by Alexandra Davis and Ian Clark, first and second prize winners, respectively, as well as many other outstanding poets whose work was highly commended, and invited poets.

Links to the launch readings, which many of the featured poets attended, are uploaded here.  Poems to Keep is available for purchase at the publishing house’s website.

Poem City of Cats in The Ofi Press Magazine

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The issue 53 of digital magazine The Ofi Press is up, and it includes my poem City of Cats (p. 14). Thanks to editor Jack Little for putting together such an interesting collection of original poems, translations and reviews. An absolute highlight for me is that this issue features –in the Translations section– a poem by one of the greatest Ecuadorian poets, Ernesto Noboa y Caamaño. His poem 5 a.m. was translated into English by Jonathan Simkins.

The Ofi Press is currently accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, interviews and reviews. Open to writers from all over the world, and interested in works by Latin American and Mexican writers, Ofi includes a translated works section.

The magazine is available via web publications creator Calameo, here. Thanks for reading!


Two Poems Published in DASH Literary Journal

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Thanks to the editors of DASH literary journal, a very dedicated group of students from the Department of English at California State University, Fullerton, and to the Faculty Advisor, Irena Praitis. The tenth anniversary issue of DASH, corresponding to Spring 2017, has just arrived to my place in Singapore, and includes two of my poems: “mango river” and “Altitude.” Whereas the latter poem owes much to fantasy, the former is based on memories of summers spent with siblings and cousins at my cousins’ finca in Daule, in the outskirts of Guayaquil.

DASH publishes poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, criticism, art and hybrid texts with diverse topics, themes, and styles. DASH favors brief, condensed works.

The issues are not available online, so I’ll share the poems in due course.

DASH will reopen for submissions in October, via Submittable.

Interview in Digital Literary Magazine Crack the Spine

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Kerri Farrell Foley, the multi-talented editor of Crack the Spine asked me to be interviewed for the Wordsmith Interview section. I gladly accepted and am thankful that the interview is now live here

Crack the Spine is an outstanding digital literary magazine which publishes a diversity of works. It features flash fiction, micro-fiction, poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. In their own words: “Given the choice, we will always select madness over method.”

I contributed a micro-fiction piece to a previous issue, hence, Kerri asked me to talk about that particular piece in the interview, among other topics, some literary, some slightly less so. Thanks for your reading!


Two Poems Published in Harbinger Asylum

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Thanks to Editor-in-Chief Dustin Pickering and Assistant Editor Z.M Wise for including two of my poems in the Spring 2017 issue of Harbinger Asylum, the literary journal of Transcendent Zero Press. US-based, the journal was launched in 2013 and that same year was nominated as poetry magazine of the year by the National Poetry Awards.

I received the journal today and read it with great interest. I am honored to be published alongside poets of the caliber of Heath Brougher, poetry editor of Five 2 One Magazine and co-poetry editor of Into the Voice Magazine, and many more superb poets.

Harbinger Asylum is available at Amazon. An excellent read.



Two Poems Included in Anthology Poems To Keep

April is National Poetry Writing Month. The challenge during this month-long celebration is to write a poem a day (at least). I took on the challenge and as a result  harvested an uneven yield of poems, some in better shape than others, more flavorful, more mature, etc. Well, I sent three of these poems to the Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize, held by Dempsey & Windle, a small independent publishing house.

The response from the organizers was refreshingly fast. I sent my poems in the last week of April as the deadline was April 30. By May 3th I received a kind email from Janice, one of the organizers and judges,  letting me know that my poem Sett Patterns won joint third prize. Another poem I sent, Ice Love, was long-listed. All the winning and long-listed poems will be published in the anthology Poems to Keep, which will be launched in Dempsey & Windle’s hometown, beautiful Guildford, Surrey, UK, on July 2nd.

Receiving an award in this contest makes me particularly happy because I lived in Surrey for many years before moving to Singapore, so this is a place very close to my heart. I am so much looking forward to the publication, and very grateful to Dempsey & Windle founders, Janice and Dónall Dempsey, for this recognition to my work.

Congratulations to Alexandra Davis, 1st prize winner; Ian Clark, 2nd prize winner; and Vasiliki Albedo, joint 3rd prize winner. It is an honor to be published alongside these and all the other accomplished poets.

The details about this competition, the judges’ verdict and the list of winner, highly commended and long-listed poets is posted here.


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