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

jo recently presented a working performance piece, this body, with W-I-P (Work in Progress) at Jump-Start Performance Company. Her directorial and writing debut of Nahual 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 with Gemini Ink 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.

Her new 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.

e: jrboitel@yahoo.com

Key themes: Latinx, queer, LGBT+, community engagement, poetry, writing, alternative religion, spirituality, Cuba, Mexico, love, BDSM, working class, workshops, journaling, novels in verse.