by Norma Liliana Valdez

Norma Liliana Valdez arrived to California from Mexico in her mother’s pregnant belly. She was born and raised in the Bay Area. Her poetry seeks to disentangle the tradition of women’s oppression and pain through the personal intersection of the psyche with the page. She is an alumna of the Voices of our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) writing workshop for writers of color and the Writing Program at UC Berkeley Extension. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from San Francisco State University and works with first-generation, underrepresented students as a community college counselor. She is currently working on her first poetry manuscript, Coyolxauhqui.

Editor’s Note: Ms. Valdez is a poet to watch out for. Through her manipulation of language- in its meaning, its sound, and its visual expression on the page- she is adept at using emotional turmoil to create poetic experiences that transform her readers. She is one of my personal favorite poets, and I await her first book of poetry with baited breath.

About Sivan Butler-Rotholz

Sivan is the Managing Editor of the Saturday Poetry Series on As It Ought To Be and holds an MFA from Brooklyn College. She is a professor, writer, editor, comic artist, and attorney emerita. She is also the founder of Reviving Herstory. Sivan welcomes feedback, poetry submissions, and solicitations of her writing via email at sivan.sf [at] gmail [dot] com.
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  1. Kandace Foster says:

    Congratulations Norma!

  2. Lezlie says:

    Haunting poem, Sivan. I like the juxtaposition of strength and weakness, “made from stone,” yet partly “shattered” by being bound too tightly. Let me know when her book is released!

  3. Nate! says:

    Great one!

  4. maya elashi says:

    myrrh and cinnamon, sea
    on the edge of a desert … Yum!

    i, likewise, will relish her book zzz being released!

  5. oklaelliott says:

    Excellent piece.

  6. Judith says:

    I love this poem. Like Norma’s other work it surprises and then haunts you.

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