Sheila Maldonado's new book "one-bedroom solo"

Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. "In Sheila Maldonado's work, it's as if the great voices of Latin American poetry are speaking through a contemporary American woman and remixed to the beat of her own particular urban swagger and wit. It's a song that can contain pop culture, social satire, linguistic hi-jinx, and a funky sense of form. Read this powerful and often hilarious book as a source of self-help to get you through the city's frustrations. It will leave you refreshed, restored, and ready to 'tear out a heart / if you have to.'"—Elaine Equi "If you're ever lost in the beguiling and fractured translation of being Latin@ in America, Sheila Maldonado's ONE-BEDROOM SOLO is just the book you need. These poems bring you into a conversation that is drop-dead funny and cunningly tragic. Maldonado draws a self-portrait in an active mirror; an x-ray of love, despair, homeland, and good ole' signifyin'. ONE-BEDROOM SOLO is a memorable first collection."—Willie Perdomo Author Hometown: NEW YORK, NY USA


About the author: Sheila Maldonado grew up in Coney Island, New York, across the street from the Atlantic Ocean. Her family hails from Honduras. She teaches creative writing for The City University of New York and Teachers & Writers Collaborative. She holds degrees in English from Brown University and poetry from The City College of New York. Her poems have appeared in Rattapallax, Callaloo and Me No Habla with Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry. ONE-BEDROOM SOLO (Fly By Night Press, 2011) is her first book of poems. She lives in a one-bedroom in uptown Manhattan. it's available online for now at spd books