Story published in Columbia Journal

I’m so happy to have found a home for my story “A Better Son”, published in Columbia Journal last week. This story is particularly meaningful to me because it was the very first story I ever wrote in English. It’s gone through many phases and many drafts. Thank you to the editors at Columbia Journal for publishing it!

Masks of the Quotidian – Extended until January 31, 2018

In 2017, I had the privilege of working with two very talented visual artists, Keka Marzagao and Viviane Aquino. Here’s a bit more about this very special project, which you can still check out until January 31st, 2018, at the Plaxall Gallery in Long Island City. “Masks of the Quotidian examines issues of identity and representation of Brazilian women living in New York City’s largest borough: Queens. Inspired by interviews with

Happy, happy for Leila Ortiz!

When you get home after a long day at work and you open the mail and in the envelope, you find a poetry chapbook… But not any chapbook: it’s Leila’s chapbook! Leila–one of your oldest NYC friends. You met her in Coney Island and talked for six hours straight. When you think about that day three things come to mind: corn, beer, and sand. You’ve had the best Easter lunch at her parents’

Scent & Memory

I was at the Brazilian supermarket in Astoria when  I saw it: the soap my grandmother used to buy when I was growing up in Recife. Sea sand and sargasso. Fluorescent green flowerscent. Grandma’s red nails. Crushed rose petals in a Bible. Do flowers have souls? I keep wondering if this little box  will become my madeleine.