Declare Conference Attendee Linkup Post 2017

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As we approach October, I look forward to attend and serve the Declare Conference for the first time.

I won a ticket to Declare and I’m so grateful. When the conference opened up to volunteers, I couldn’t wait to sign up to show my appreciation. Thank you to Stephanie Alton, Blythe Daniel, and Jen Weaver for making that possible.

This post is for the 2017 Declare Conference attendee link up.

1. I first felt called to write when I was in high school. I wrote long before that, and only became serious about it the last couple of years. I write poetry for literary journals, articles for places like the Lookout Magazine, and blog at Cisneros Cafe. Two years ago, I felt a movement in my bones to write at the intersection of faith and family as it relates to my Latinidad. I love to hang out on Twitter and my downtown library.

2. My life scripture is Ecclesiastes 3:11. “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

3. I’m passionate about poetry, truth, justice, community, and how we are each connected to one another as part of a larger worldview. I’m passionate about hope and life and pray I contribute to that more than I do to anything else.

4. My favorite foods are machacado tacos in homemade flour tortillas, yellow curry with tofu, avocado and migas. Not at the same time but I wouldn’t mind. My favorite snacks are black coffee, Lime Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, chamoy and lime paletas, and dark chocolate. Also, not in that order and not at the same time.

5. My happy place is when I’m with all three of my children at the same time and in the mountains completely away from civilization. If I could sit on the porch of a cabin in the gentle and cool breeze of the The Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, I would be the happiest person on earth.

6. I’m currently working on a few projects. I am:

  • shopping my book around
  • writing chapters
  • waiting to hear back from a small press to know if I was nominated for the Pushcart Prize for poetry
  • polishing off my chapbook of poems
  • waiting to hear back from my city’s tricentennial poetry contest
  • waiting to hear from the Festival of Faith and Writing for a workshop I proposed
  • waiting to hear from Winter Tangerine for their poetry contest

While I’m in this season of waiting, I keep working on essays, chapters, and poetry.

7. Please pray for me as I prepare to attend Declare. I hope my hands and feet work hard and that my heart is open and blessed to receive.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve and to attend. I can’t wait to meet new faces and hug on those I’ve only ever met online. Blessings to all the attendees and the team.

See you in a few weeks, Declare!


Headshot photo credit: Taylor Alcala

Cover photo credit: Photo by Nick Morrison on Unsplash