Guerrilla reader Melinda Palacio writes award-winning poetry and prose, and she’s done journalism too. She says that her poetry training actually helps her as a novelist. In a recent interview, she said,
I went from writing journalism, reporting type of work, to getting deeper and deeper into language… Poetry has influenced how I write longer pieces, and each word does matter.
Native Angeleno Melinda Palacio is a poet and novelist. Here she reads three poems from Folsom Lockdown, which won the Kulupi Press Sense of Place award.
Melinda recently described the back story behind Folsom Lockdown:
Earlier this year, in January, my sister Emily convinced me to accompany her on a difficult journey, visiting our father in Folsom Prison…. I didn’t realize the importance of this visit until weeks after I had arrived home. One day a downpour of poems kept my pen flowing. I wrote twelve poems about the experience over a weekend. My friend Susan read some of the poems and was the first to announce that I had a chapbook, and a good one. Keep writing more of those poems, Melinda, were her words to me.
In her article at The Atlantic, Taking Literature to the Streets, Katharine Schwab profiles a number of terrific ventures around the world that take literature out of bookstores and libraries and, well, into the streets. GuerrillaReads was included