Roberto Carlos Garcia


Author's Bio

Poet, storyteller, and essayist Roberto Carlos Garcia is a self-described “sancocho […] of provisions from the Harlem Renaissance, the Spanish Poets of 1929, the Black Arts Movement, the Nuyorican School, and the Modernists.” Garcia is rigorously interrogative of himself and the world around him, conveying “nakedness of emotion, intent, and experience,” and he writes extensively about the Afro-Latinx and Afro-diasporic experience. His second poetry collection, black / Maybe, is available from Willow Books. Roberto’s first collection, Melancolía, is available from Červená Barva Press.

His poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in Bettering American Poetry, The Root, Those People, Rigorous, Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, Gawker, Barrelhouse, The Acentos Review, Lunch Ticket, and many others.

He is founder of the cooperative press Get Fresh Books, LLC.

A native New Yorker, Roberto holds an MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Publications & Prizes

black / Maybe: An Afro Lyric (Willow Books, 2018)
Melancolía (Cervena Barva Press, 2016)
Amores Gitano (gypsy loves) (Cervena Barva Press, 2013)
5 A.M.
Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day
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Connotation Press
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Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
So many! Come on! Hahaha.
What I'm reading now: 
The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli, Diasporic Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Schomburg by Dr Vanessa K. Valdes

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Identifies as: 
Caribbean American, Latino/Latina/Latinx
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Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
Born in: 
New York, NY
New York
Raised in: 
New York, NY
New York
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Last update: Dec 19, 2018