Don’t Touch My Hair Reading Series: Sara Borjas, José Olivarez, and Andrés Cerpa

Don’t Touch My Hair Poetry Series looks to bring poets of color from all over the country to Washington Heights & expand poetry as art & activism in the community.  



Sara Borjas is a Xicanx pocha and a Fresno poet. Her debut collection of poetry, Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff was published byNoemi Press in 2019. She co-hosts and produces “The Lovesick Poetry Podcast” — a west coast poetry podcast launching in summer 2019, alongside IRL cousin and award-winning poet, Joseph Rios. Sara is a 2017 CantoMundo Fellow, a 2016 Postgraduate Writers Conference Fellow at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a 2013 Community of Writers Workshop at Squaw Valley Fellow. She is the recipient of the 2014 Blue Mesa Poetry Prize and a three-time Pushcart Prie nominee. She lives in Los Angeles but stays rooted in Fresno.


José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, was a finalist for the prestigious PEN/ Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. It was named a top book of 2018 by NPR and the New York Public Library. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he is co-editing the forthcoming anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association and named a Debut Poet of 2018 by Poets & Writers.   



Andrés Cerpa is the author of Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy (2019) and The Vault (2021) from Alice James Books. 


You can also purchase their books below.

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10032
Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff Cover Image
Not Available
ISBN: 9781934819791
Availability: Backordered
Published: Noemi Press - March 15th, 2019

Citizen Illegal Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608469543
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Haymarket Books - September 4th, 2018

Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938584978
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Alice James Books - January 15th, 2019