Cheyenne Ávila (Las Vegas, NV, 1994) is a black Mexican poet from Southern California whose work centers around Blackness, womanhood, mental health, spirituality, and the ways these topics intersect, overlap, push against each other and bleed into one another. Cheyenne graduated from the University of La Verne. At present, she is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Mills College in Northern California. Her poem, “In this short film, the black girl becomes a woman,” was recently awarded the 2018 Jack Grapes Poetry Prize.
This collection of poems, translated by Guadalupe Robles, resonates with songs of love and despair, of heartbreak and hope, of healing wounds and passion for a future filled with magic. It is a brutal insight into the raw emotions experienced by a young black latina woman on her path to womanhood. She seeks council from her deceased ancestors, both far...In stock