Individual Author Record
Name: Frank VarelaPen Name: None Genre: Poetry Born: Brooklyn, New York Sites:
Illinois ConnectionLived in Oak Park and Chicago, Illinois
Biographical and Professional Information
- Serpent Underfoot, March Abrazo, 1993
- Bitter Coffee, March Abrazo, 2001
- Caleb's Exile, Elf Creative Workshop, 2009
Titles At Your Library
ISBN: 1877636118 MARCH/Abrazo Press. 1993 Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. "A Boricua poet now rooted in Chicago, Frank Varela is a strong voice offering testimony to the resilience of the Puerto Rican diaspora. These are poems that pay homage, to Crazy Willie, to the doomed Paulina, to his Korean War veteran uncle, in the language of real, lived experience. This is a poet who wants to send Willie Colon and his salsa into outer space, who tells us of forgotten African gods and the 'spics banished to Chicago' for forgetting. For his passion and his clarity, his humor and his memory, I welcome Frank Varela"—Martín Espada.
ISBN: 1877636215 MARCH/Abrazo. 2001 Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Bilingual edition. "Frank Varela's BITTER COFFEE is a unique, well-crafted and powerful book. With words that are accessible and at the same time sublime, the writer allows us to feel his grief while celebrating his Latino heritage. He brings his past to life"-Nilda Cepero, editor of The Latino Stuff Review. This volume also features Johanny V zquez Paz's Spanish translations of selected poems. "There's a wealth of cultural imagination and experience in each stanza that insures his poetry will resonate with readers seeking lucid words that refresh both mind and soul"-Carlos Cumpi n, Coyote Sun.