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Juan J. Morales - book author

Juan J. Morales is the author of books: The Handyman's Guide to End Times: Poems, Friday and the Year That Followed, The Siren World, Sugar House Review #9: Fall/Winter '13

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First Place Winner of the 2019 International Latino Book Award for Poetry, One Author, in English

In Morales's newest collection, an imagined zombie apocalypse intertwines with personal narrative. From zombie dating to the sin of popcorn ceilings, these poems investigate the nature of impermanence while celebrating the complexities of life.
Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Juan J. Morales was born in the U.S. but has extended family in Ecuador and Puerto Rico; family stories inspired much of the poems in FRIDAY AND THE YEAR THAT FOLLOWED. Juan received his MFA from the University of New Mexico in 2005. His poetry has appeared in Blue Mesa Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, PoetLore, and War, Literature, and the Arts.
Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Juan J. Morales forthcoming book of poems, The Siren World, is a collection at once intensely personal and seemlessly universal. The poems delve into the wonders and horrors of the world, and reveal the mind of a poet open to anything that may strike his widely ranging thoughts. Along with visits to his parents' homelands of Ecuador and Puerto Rico, this very American poet spies on King Carlos V conjuring empire, envisions the murderous mobs of present-day Ambato, and the brutal death of Pizarro. Here are great migrations and conquests. Here are abandoned Gods bumping shoulders with our modern world. Here is a detained prisoner of a brutal regime ( buried up to my neck in the yard I sew my lips shut with black thread ), alongside a father gingerly but powerfully removing a barbed fishhook from the finger of his son.