Agustin D. Martinez was born in Panama after his family fled post-revolutionary Cuba in the spring of 1960. The family eventually found their way to Miami where Martinez grew up in a bilingual household. Over the years, Martinez paid close attention to the stories his parents and relatives told about life in Cuba before and after Fidel Castro took power. Later, as a young teacher in a mostly Cuban-American section of Miami, he learned about the lives and struggles of his students who’d lived in Cuba in the 1990s, a time of extreme hardship after the fall of the Soviet Union. Read the rest of this entry
So, if you don’t already know, National Public Radio (NPR) has been holding a contest series called “Three-Minute Fiction.” Each round, contestants submit a piece that is no more than six hundred words (i.e. something that can be read in three minutes or so). A guest judge determines the theme and names a winner at the end of each round. Read the rest of this entry
Like so many aspiring writers, I’ve been busy submitting work to journals, both online and print. I’ve had some luck in the poetry department, but it took a little while to find a home for my short story, Aftermath. After receiving several rejections, I began to think the story was deeply flawed. But then the excellent editors at the new Red Savina Review saw the story’s potential. The founding editor, John Gist, accepted the piece contingent upon one last tweak of a few scenes. So, I went to work. Again. Read the rest of this entry
Once, I drew a bowl. It was perfectly round and otherwise unremarkable. Just an ordinary cereal or soup bowl.
I drew this ordinary bowl for my then-boyfriend who was an artist, perhaps hoping he’d see how cosmically connected we were, you know, because I could do something he could do. Read the rest of this entry
Dan Vera is a Washington, D.C.-based poet, editor, and literary historian.
A well-known writer in D.C. literary circles, Dan also contributes his time, energy, and talent to raising cultural and political awareness through poetry. Among his many projects are the literary history site, DC Writers’ Homes, and his work on the board of Split This Rock Poetry.
He has published work in several literary journals and his first book of poetry is entitled The Space Between Our Danger and Delight. Red Hen Press recently awarded him the 2013 Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize* for his second poetry collection, Speaking Wiri Wiri. Read the rest of this entry