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Experiencig Comics
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Writer, Educator & Consultant

Artwork by Trinidad Escobar

NEWS AND EVENTS

*My consulting site is now live! Please check here for more information on the consulting and coaching services that I offer writers.

 

*I will be giving a keynote presentation at Boca de Oro Literary Festival in Santa Ana, California on March 2nd.

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Books

BOOKS

Experiencing Comics

God's Will for Monsters

2017 American Book Award Winner

Kuwento: Lost Things

An Anthology of New Philippine Myths

Self-Portrait as Rumor and Blood

In The Press

WORDS FOR GOD'S WILL FOR MONSTERS

"An award winner non-stop, a deeply serious, studied set of investigations, yet, playful, a Tumbler of blurred faces, light, time, space, paint, medicine, plants and plates At the hands of a spirit-caller-writer, word-levitator of the 21st Century. One of a kind."

JUAN FELIPE HERRERA

Poet Laureate of the United States

"More than ever, our world needs the aswang, the werebeast, and the wisdom of the women and bold voices calling out from Rachelle Cruz's marvelous debut collection. Cruz's vision holds many worlds: from the mythical landscapes of the "death dusk" to the streets of Hayward, California,

BRYNN SAITO, Author of Power Made Us Swoon

"...with God’s Will for Monsters, the poet conjures dreamspace,
incantation, oral history, myth, remittance slip, aswang bulletin,
greenbacks, Christ spells, and personal memory. The result is a
new-century revelation of so much glorious giggling grotesque culled
from our hidden narratives. "

PATRICK ROSAL

Author of Brooklyn Antidiluvian

Bio

BIO

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Rachelle Cruz is from Hayward, California. She is the author of God's Will for Monsters, which won an American Book Award in 2018 and the 2016 Hillary Gravendyk Regional Poetry Prize. She was appointed the 2018-2020 Inlandia Literary Laureate during which founded a summer writing program for young people, Poetry is Power, among other community projects. She co-edited Kuwento: Lost Things, an anthology of Philippine Myths with Lis P. Sipin-Gabon.  The second edition of her comics resources, Experiencing Comics: An Introduction to Reading, Discussing and Creating Comics, was published in 2021. Her work has appeared in Strange HorizonsPoets & Writers Magazine, the San Francisco ChronicleAs/Us, Yellow Medicine Review, The Lit Pub, The Collagist, Bone Bouquet, PANK, Muzzle Magazine, Inlandia: A Literary Journey, among others. An Emerging Voices Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow and a VONA writer, she lives and writes in Southern California.

Brief Bio:

Rachelle Cruz is the author of God's Will for Monsters, which won an American Book Award in 2018 and the 2016 Hillary Gravendyk Regional Poetry Prize. She co-edited Kuwento: Lost Things, an anthology of Philippine Myths with Lis P. Sipin-Gabon. The second edition of her comics text resource, Experiencing Comics: An Introduction to Reading, Discussing and Creating Comics, was published in 2021. Her work has also appeared in Strange HorizonsPoets & Writers Magazine, the San Francisco ChronicleYellow Medicine Review, among others.

You can contact her at rachelle [dot] a [dot] cruz [at] gmail.com.

Photo by Julienne Medina

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