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jo reyes-boitel is a poet, essayist, and playwright. jo is also a queer, mixed-Latina working in community. Somehow born in Minnesota, her family calls Texas, Florida, Mexico, and/or Cuba home.

Recent and forthcoming publications include Scalawag Journal, Windward Review, La Voz de Esperanza, Chachalaca Review, Borderlands, The Americas Review, and Your Impossible Voice.

Currently at work on she wears bells, an Aztec operetta, which combines original music, text, and choreography, brings together local talent under the INKubator project supported by Jump-Start Performance Co. A recent working performance art piece called this body was presented as part of W-I-P (Work in Progress) at Jump-Start Performance Company and Palo Alto Theater. Prior, her directorial and writing debut of Nahual, a one-woman play, was presented at Palo Alto Community College in celebration of World Theater Day.

jo was the recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award, granted by Sandra Cisneros, a long time ago.

You can find jo leading community-based writing workshops or co-curating This City Is A Poem, which highlights local and regional poets and provides writing prompts daily as part of National Poetry Month. She will be teaching “Notes to Gilgamesh: Crafting a Novel in Verse” this November at Gemini Ink.

Her first book, Michael + Josephine, a novel in verse, reimagines St. Michael the Archangel as a queer woman who begins a love relationship with Josephine, a disaster relief worker. She is now at work on her second book.

e: jrboitel@yahoo.com

Key themes: Latinx, queer, LGBT+, family, sexuality, narrative, storytelling, community engagement, poetry, writing, alternative religion, spirituality, Cuba, Mexico, love, BDSM, working class, workshops, opera, journaling, novel in verse.