New Release: Caridad Moro-Gronlier, Tortillera

Tortillera: Poems
Caridad Moro-Gronlier

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Winner of The TRP Southern Poetry Breakthrough Series: Florida

Tortillera chronicles the life of a Cuban-American daughter, wife and mother as she dismantles the existence she was taught to want in order to evolve into the queer woman she was born to be. Told through intimate, narrative poems, the speaker’s life “on the hyphen” is laid bare as she grapples with the effect language, place, and cultural expectations have on sexuality, gender and identity.

Part reckoning, part renewal, part redemption, part rebirth, the poems in Tortillera come clean, but more than that, they guide, reveal and examine larger considerations: the role of language on gender its subsequent roles, the heartrending consequences of compulsory heterosexuality, as well as the patriarchal stamp emblazoned on the Cuban diaspora. The work contained in Tortillera befits its audacious title—bold, original and utterly without shame.

“In this arresting collection, Caridad Moro-Gronlier renders a vivid and astounding portrait of her womanhood with all its complex intersections and contradictions: her loving resistance against cultural expectations as a daughter of Cuban exiles; her fraught triumph over misogyny; her traumatic healing from sexual assault, her joyful fears of motherhood; and her terrifying courage of coming out and embracing her sexuality. Moro-Gronlier’s unflinching yet vulnerable voice joins the chorus of luminaries the likes of June Jordan, Adrienne Rich, and Gloria Anzaldúa, together singing rebellion in harmony with love.”

—Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet, author of How to Love a Country

Caridad Moro-Gronlier is the author of the chapbook Visionware, published by Finishing Line Press as part of its New Women’s Voices Series. She is also a Contributing Editor for Grabbed: Poets and Writers Respond to Sexual Assault, Empowerment and Healing (Beacon Press, 2020) and an Associate Editor for SWWIM Every Day. Recent work can be found at The Best American Poetry Blog, Rhino, Go Magazine, Fantastical Florida, Notre Dame Review, West Trestle Review, and others. She resides in Miami, FL with her wife and son.

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