Honored to announce that my poem, "I wonder why they never taught us about Sylvia Mendez" was a Top 60 finalist among over 400 entries. Though it was not selected, it still feels amazing to have a poem come so close! I'll be waiting to see the winning poem announced, which will no doubt be electrifying. You can check out the contest, as well as Philadelphia Stories, here.
Very excited to announce that I have a new video poem forthcoming in The Continental Review. "I Am Ready to Quilt Myself Into Myself" is a visual and poetic meditation on the links between quilting, identity, and discovery. This is such a cool digital space and I'll be joining some really amazing works by writers like Kaveh Akbar, Simone Savannah, Jim McCrary, Candice Wuehle, Marty Cain and more!
I read some poems from my newest book at the Myers Hotel Revue with musical accompaniment from some really talented musicians. It's the closest I'll ever get to being in a band. It was also one of the best experiences I've ever had. Huge thanks to Heidi Gluck and everyone I shared the stage with. What a special night!
Stereometry is now available for purchase! HUGE thanks are in order:
Thank you to three incredible writers I admire: Danny Caine, Jameelah Jones, & Dave Snyder.
Thank you to the Raven Bookstore for providing a space for my book release and even having cake!
Thank you to everyone who came to this reading. I felt so loved, supported, and encouraged.
Thank you to Another New Calligraphy and editor Bill Ripley for making such a beautiful book.
Thank you to the journals and magazines in which versions of Stereometry originally appeared: Visitant Lit, Fourteen Hills, & Talking Writing.
Thank you to Jeffrey McKee for snapping such great pics.
Thank you to Headquarters Counseling Center in Lawrence, KS.
Thank you to everyone who kept my spirits up along the way. I am so grateful.
A box arrived at my doorstep yesterday and in it were copies of Stereometry, bundled together. It was important to me to have a text that felt interactive and invited reader participation. The importance of this is that grief and loss looks different for everyone. Another New Calligraphy worked so carefully to make Stereometry come to life and it's so much more beautiful than I could have imagined. Here's a description:
In Stereometry, Mercedes Lucero adopts arithmetic’s orderliness to manage her grief following a period of loss and near loss. This poetic curriculum articulates the solace she found in poring over textbook equations and theorems, seeking to merge the impossibility of knowing why with a discipline built upon solutions and answers. Lucero employs logic and reason in her focus on the abstract principles governing heartache. Which rule calculates the area of uncertainty? The shape of evaporating water? The distance between mourning and remembering? In surveying personal distress, she provides new means to assess the universal. Stereometry is bundled with interactive elements inviting reader participation, sharing an opportunity to quantify experiences beyond our understanding.
Read an excerpt here.
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