Please join us in celebrating the New Orleans launch of Melinda Palacio's new poetry collection, BIRD FORGIVENESS.
In BIRD FORGIVENESS, the poet reminds us what it means to be an observer who has learned something about herself and her relationship to the world. Melinda Palacio is fearless in her poetics on race, the environment, the precarious nature of birds, love, death, and forgiveness. In Palacio’s third collection of poetry, forgiveness begins with a bird and ends in a final flight, life’s complete cycle. The poet mourns the strong women who have come before her and honors the ways in which we let go in order to exist within songs of freedom and global sustainability.
These poems permit the reader to slow down in gratitude for time on earth. As a contemplation of existence, the poems witness how we navigate our humanity, while leaving some beauty for future generations. Palacio’s poetic imagination resides in whimsical and wry tones that are rooted in feminism and in her experiences growing up Mexican-American in South-Central Los Angeles. Bird voices are not lost in Palacio’s unflinching free verse; her ecopoetry addresses diversity, love and loss, migration and extinction.
Melinda Palacio is the author of the novel, Ocotillo Dreams, for which she received the Mariposa Award for Best First Book at the 2012 International Latino Book Awards and a 2012 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literatue. She is currently working on a second novel.
Tía Chucha Press published Palacio’s first fulllength book of poems, How Fire Is a Story, Waiting. The collection was a finalist for the 2013 Binghamton University Milt Kessler Award and the 2013 Patterson Poetry Prize. She received First Prize in Poetry at the 2013 International Latino Book Awards at the Instituto Cervantes in Manhattan. In 2015, her work was featured on the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day Program.