Tabs open on your screen right now:
Spotify, Gmail, Links to NYT artickes re: Elián González, Twitter, Links to books/articles I need to read re: C.A migration, link to shoes I’ve been dreaming about buying, etc.
If you had to brag about yourself:
I tore my MCL in March. It’s October and I’m back to running 7.5 miles under an hour.
Your writer crush:
Claudia Rankine & Alejandro Zambra every day.
“Cuando todo era nada, era nada el principio,” from the Soda Estero MTV Unplugged. It’s a dope ass cover. This album is such a good writing album.
Any place in the world:
Anywhere near water with mountains/cliffs/volcanoes in distance or near the shore. & the possibility of watching dolphins/whales, & jumping in the water, doesn’t matter how cold.
Favorite online places right now:
Just subscribed to NYT this year and also discovered the magic of podcasts. LatinoUSA and RadioAmbulante are my go-to’s.
Postcards from abroad.
Your rituals (writing or not):
Music or NPR first thing after waking up. Listening while showering. Listening while driving/subway/any sort of commute.
Least impressive thing about you:
I can’t play any sort of musical instrument to save my life. OR sing, but I do it horribly anyways.
Favorite space to write:
Noisy cafés. The noisier the better. Preferably with a beautiful ceiling and a window table or bar.
What should we know:
Every immigrant is a human being that deserves citizenship.
Guilty literary pleasure:
Chani Nicholas & Susan Miller horoscopes the moment they’re published. Any sort of horoscope really.
Best book nobody talks about:
Clandestine Poems by Roque Dalton.
Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
Esperanza from House on Mango Street. First time I felt seen in a book when I read it freshman year of high school.
Last time you lied:
Pretended I already had plans.
Question you secretly want to be asked:
What are you obsessed with at this very moment?
Elián González, how his journey affected my own 1999 migration journey.
Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and migrated to the US when he was nine. He holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, MacDowell, the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, Stanford University, and Yaddo. The recipient of a 2017 Lannan Literary Fellowship, the 2017 Narrative Prize, and the 2016 Barnes and Noble Writer for Writers Award; Zamora’s poems appear in Granta, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Unaccompanied, Copper Canyon Press Sept. 2017, is his first collection. Recently, he was awarded a Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard University for the 2018-2019 academic year.