KTEP - El Paso, Texas

WORDS ON A WIRE: Vanessa Angélica Villarreal

Photo courtesy of author's website.

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal was born in the Rio Grande Valley borderlands to formerly undocumented Mexican immigrants. Her work has recently appeared in Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Epiphany, Southern Indiana Review, PBS Newshour and elsewhere. This week, we visited with Ms. Villarreal to discuss her latest book of poems, Beast Meridian, which follows a first-generation Mexican-American girl in crisis surviving the painful experiences of a racialized girlhood, cultural displacement, generational trauma, familial loss, economic struggle, and violence.


Aired March 11, 2018