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Javier Zamora
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Javier Zamora

Javier Zamora’s debut assesses borderland politics, race, and immigration on a profoundly personal level, and simultaneously remembers and imagines a birth-country that’s been left behind. Through an unflinching gaze, plainspoken diction, and a combination of Spanish and English, Unaccompanied crosses El Salvador and Mexico as families are lost and reunited, coyotes lead migrants astray, and real life fuses with myth.

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"In [Nueve Años Immigrantes], he writes about living apart from his parents and then traveling alone over 4,000 miles across multiple borders to reunite with them as a nine-year-old. My students, Salvadoran in background or not, were amazed—they saw themselves and heard their families’ stories in these poems. Someone who looked and lived like them—young, immigrant, and undocumented—had written a book." —Zócalo Public Square

"Although Javier Zamora was only 21 when he released his first acclaimed chapbook, the sophistication in these poems belies that fact. Every line resonates with a wind that crosses oceans." —Jamaal May, Organic Weapons Arts

"Zamora’s work is real life turned into myth and myth made real life." —Glappitnova

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