Diego Báez

Diego Báez is a writer, educator, and abolitionist. He is the recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, the Surge Institute, and the Incubator for Community Engaged Poets at the Poetry Foundation. He writes regularly for Booklist, and his poetry and other reviews have appeared in The Acentos Review, The Rumpus, and The Los Angeles Review. He serves on the boards of the National Book Critics Circle and the International David Foster Wallace Society. He lives in Chicago and teaches at the City Colleges.

Diego Báez

Reviews

on The Journey by Miguel Collazo, translated by David Frye, with an introduction by Yoss

Miguel Collazo’s puzzling, spasmodic novel The Journey (1968) is a multigenerational tale of hapless inhabitants persisting on a strange planet. The novel hopscotches across hundreds of years, yet carries inside it relics of its origins in post-revolutionary Cuba. While this new translation breathes anglicized life into an idiosyncratic work of fiction underappreciated in the U.S., […]

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Reviews

on Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

The title of poet Marcelo Hernandez Castillo’s memoir about intergenerational migration derives from mythical insects that are said to inhabit the mountains of Mexico, tiny creatures with incandescent bodies and the faces of children. In Castillo’s telling, los Niños de la Tierra crawl across the rocky terrain, always gazing skyward; if a human were to […]

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