I’ve created a Patreon to Help Me Go to Tin House

I’ve been accepted to Tin House for this summer and I will have a chance to work with Danez Smith and other stellar poets! Please take a moment to visit, read about the tiers, and support if you are able. I would greatly appreciate it. Valorie K. Ruiz is creating poetry and other nifty shi*

Muñeca by Valorie K. Ruiz

Originally posted on New South:
Muñeca Muñeca lived in a doll house with brick-painted walls thin enough to be pierced by bullets or a fist. Hands moved her from corner to chair to bed, but Muñeca never complained. At least she had the night. Nights where she lay with a stitched mouth on sticker tiles…

Barbie Chang by Victoria Chang Review on PI Online

Barbie Chang by Victoria Chang Copper Canyon Press, 2017, $16 ISBN: 978-1-55659-516-5 Reviewed by Valorie K. Ruiz Barbie Chang, the newest publication from award-winning writer Victoria Chang, is an intelligent and absolutely moving collection that uses our connotations of “Barbie” to create a narrative that is surprising, revealing, and ultimately extremely relevant. This book is…

Mexican Whiteboy Book Review

Matt de la Peña’s Mexican Whiteboy is filled with characters attempting to shape their identity. The protagonist Danny, spends a summer visiting his estranged father’s family in National City in an effort to reconnect to his Mexican heritage. This emotional story is amplified in intensity with Danny’s many attempts to connect with a father who…

Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho: My Experience

This book captivated me immediately. The story starts with the protagonist, Veronika waking in the hospital, after she has recently attempted suicide with sleeping pills. She describes herself as a boring woman, who lives a life everyone thinks is perfect.  “She had managed to appear utterly independent when she was, in fact, desperately in need…

Pasadena Art Night

I don’t know about you, but I feel starved when my life lacks art. I crave experience through the eyes of another. This past week I went to Pasadena City’s Art Night. This yearly event kicks off at City Hall, which is actually Pawnee City Hall if you are a fan of Parks and Rec…