5 NOs to Remember with Your Fam this Summer

1. No, They’re Not (Always) Trying to Make Life More Miserable. Think about it this way: with everything going on at school before summer break, it’s likely that you didn’t quite have a plan about how to get through summer break. The same is true for many parents and/or siblings. So all of a sudden, […]

Two Sides of Wonder (An 8th Grade Student’s Poem on Being)

U sit and wonder in class,U sit in wonder at home,I wonder why,Why do I wonder,Why do u wonder? But isn’t it all wonderful When we wonder About being wonderful, Or when we wonder about What makes us wonder. I wonder why, actually I wonder why we wonder,And what we wonder. I wonder about my […]

Don’t Be One Who You Are Not (A 7th Grade Student’s Poem on Identity)

Don’t be one who you are not, Be one who you are. Wearing a mask wears you out, Faking fatigues. The most exhausting activity is When you pretend to be What you know you aren’t. Everybody has something special inside, They just don’t always show it. Search deep inside, And in your heart You’ll know […]

El Cipitío (2016), the new Cipitío

It’s not often that I have the opportunity to reflect on Salvadoran-American fiction. In fact, this is actually the very first time. The only other instance in which I’ve cited the work of a contemporary Salvadoran-American author is in a brief note on Juan José Martínez D’aubuisson’s Ver, oír y callar (2016), a nonfiction book […]