Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
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After giving birth to her son, Raquel Vasquez Gilliland had a nervous breakdown so severe her husband quit his job to help with the baby. Two years later, she examined the experience with poetry. Mental illness runs on her mother’s side of the family, with the Vasquez women specifically. As Gilliland searched for the reasons why these women suffered, she found stories. Some of these tales are from the lips of her mother, Maria Elena, and grandmother, Ofelia. Some tales are unearthed from the fertile dirt where poems grow. Put together, Tales From the House of Vasquez is an archetypal journey in verse.
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Ships September 1st!
• “The Tale of the House of Vasquez” in Into the Void
• “The Tale of Kitchen Spirits” and “The Tale of Spice” in Luna Luna (online)
• “The Tale of the Earth” in Sheila-Na-Gig
• “The Tale of Called Magic” in Moonchild Magazine
About the Author
Raquel Vasquez Gilliland is a Mexican-American poet and painter inspired by folklore, myth, and plants. Her first book, Dirt and Honey, combines these focuses with themes of ecology and feminism and received the Jason Wenger Award for Literary Excellence. She holds a B.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of West Florida and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Her poems have appeared in Dark Mountain, Luna Luna, Rattle, Sheila-Na-Gig, and other journals. Raquel Vasquez Gilliland lives in New Jersey with her husband and son. (web)
Cover art by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
Cover price: $6.00
Chapbook: 28 pages
Size: 6″ x 9″