Melinda Palacio’s newest poetry collection creates images that are at once heartbreaking and humorous. She tackles elemental subjects of family and childhood with the same depth and grace as that of myth making and death. As the only child of a mother who died too young, she infuses her words with longing and life, and celebrates the women who came before her. Each poem offers up the truth in a fearless and unsentimental voice. Palacio’s lyrical language punches an unexpected pause to subjects such as domestic violence and her childhood in South Central Los Angeles. How Fire Is A Story, Waiting is divided into four sections: Fire, Air, Water, and Earth. In each section Palacio tempers heartbreak, violence, and disappointment with the antidote of humor, beauty, and an appreciation for life.
About the Author
Melinda Palacio was raised in South-Central Los Angeles. She holds two degrees in Comparative Literature—a B.A. from UC Berkeley and a M.A. from University of California, Santa Cruz. She writes a column for "La Bloga." She is a 2007 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow and a 2009 poetry alum of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Her poetry chapbook Folsom Lockdown (2009) is a Sense of Place winner. In 2011, Melinda published her debut novel, Ocotillo Dreams. How Fire Is A Story, Waiting is her first full-length poetry book.