NC Literary Hall of Fame



En Otro Oz: Poems by Chantel Acevedo

Finishing Line Press
$14.49, paperback
January, 2016
Available for pre-order from the publisher

“Chantel Acevedo's visionary poems bring Cuba to life in a new way. Like a powerful chant, they cry out for understanding, telling a story of isolation. This is a gorgeous collection, glowing with wistful magic.”
—Margarita Engle, PEN USA Award-winning author of The Lightning Tree, Newbery Honor-winning author of The Surrender Tree

“In this transcendent series of poems, the reader spins through a series of gorgeously aching images that, together, depict the kind of displacement we so desperately try to understand through the tales we tell ourselves. In Acevedo’s masterful hand, Frank L. Baum’s Dorothy becomes Dorotéa, her exile transformed from a Technicolor fantasy to a frantic journey towards freedom, threatened by the very real and 'terrible possibilities of blood.' These poems stun and startle, revealing the reality behind the heavy curtains of the stories we create to convince ourselves of safety: too often, there is no way to return, because home is as much of a fairy tale as the city of Oz.”
—Emma Bolden, author of Malificae

Working with material from The Wizard of Oz, the collection reimagines Cuba as a kind of magical world, technicolored and yet fraught with danger.

Chantel Acevedo’s novels include Love and Ghost Letters (St. Martin's Press), which won the Latino International Book Award and was a finalist for the Connecticut Book of the Year; Song of the Red Cloak, a historical novel for young adults; A Falling Star (Carolina Wren Press), winner of the Doris Bakwin Award and National Bronze Medal IPPY Award; and The Distant Marvels (Europa Editions).

Her fiction and poetry have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and have appeared in Prairie Schooner, American Poetry Review, North American Review, and Chattahoochee Review, among others.

Acevedo is currently an Associate Professor of English in the MFA Program of the University of Miami.

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