To close out National Poetry Month, Tombolo is thrilled to host Gloria Muñoz and an exciting group of local poets for a celebration of poetry and specifically Muñoz's newest collection, Danzirly.
The line-up includes Yuki Jackson, JD Scott, Eleanor Eichenbaum, and Melissa Carroll, all joining Muñoz to share their work.
Winner of the Academy of American Poets’ Ambroggio Prize, this collection of poems is an unforgettable reckoning of the grief and beauty that pulses through twenty-first-century America.
Danzirly is a striking bilingual poetry collection that fiercely examines the nuances of the American Dream for Latinx people in the United States. With a backdrop of stringent immigration policies, the #MeToo movement, and the increasingly tangible threat of climate change, this collection considers multi-generational Latinx identities in a rapidly changing country and world. Through the author’s Colombian American lens, the poems explore the intersections of culture, gender, history, and intergenerational grief.
Danzirly does not shy away from confronting traditional gender roles, religion, and anxieties surrounding climate change and the digital age. Gloria Muñoz addresses Latinx stereotypes and powerfully dismantles them in poetic form, juxtaposing the promised wonders of a life in America with the harsh re-alities that immigrants face as they build their lives and raise their families here.
Gloria Muñoz is a Colombian American writer, literary translator, and advocate for multilingual literacy and writing. Her poetry book Dawn's Early / Danzirly was awarded the Academy of American Poets 2019 Ambroggio Prize. She has also been honored by Lumina’s Multilingual Nonfiction Writing Award, a Las Musas Mentorship for Latinx and nonbinary authors, a New York State Summer Writers Institute Fellowship, a Creative Pinellas Grant, a University of South Florida Humanities Poetry Award, and a St. Petersburg Arts Alliance’s Jim Rolston Professional Development Grant. Muñoz is also the author of the chapbook Your Biome Has Found You. In the fall of 2019, she was selected to attend the inaugural Tin House YA Fiction Workshop. A proponent of cross-disciplinary collaboration, Muñoz has worked alongside botanists, musicians, dancers, historians, classicists, visual artists, conservationists, and neuroscientists. She is a co-founder of Pitch Her Productions and she is one-half of the songwriting team Moonlit Musíca.
Yuki Jackson is a Black and Japanese poet whose work has appeared in Cream City Review, Four Way Review, Foundry, Entropy and other publications. She is also an educator and founder of The Battleground, a youth program in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood of Tampa, Florida. Her writing is inspired by her Soka Gakkai International Buddhist practice, hip-hop lyricism and the art within daily life. For more on Yuki's work, check out YukiJackson.com.
JD Scott is the author of the story collection Moonflower, Nightshade, All the Hours of the Day (&NOW Books, 2020) and the poetry collection Mask for Mask (New Rivers Press, 2021). Scott’s writing has appeared in Best Experimental Writing, Best New Poets, Denver Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and elsewhere.
Eleanor Eichenbaum is a writer and educator. She holds graduate degrees focused in Literature and in Architectural Studies. Eleanor has been honored to attend residencies at Trelex in Paris, France and the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL. She teaches at Ringling College of Art and Design.
Melissa Carroll is a writer, yoga teacher, and a farmer in Bradenton, FL. She's the author of the poetry chapbook The Karma Machine, which received the Peter Meinke Award, and the poetry collection Body of Starlight. Melissa is the editor of the essay collection Going OM. She currently teaches online courses on mindfulness, creative writing, and yoga philosophy.