Cicada, Ladybug - A NOVELLA

When their grandfather goes missing, teenage Santiago and seven-year-old Izzy fear being separated. To raise his little brother, Santiago sacrifices a scholarship to Duke and often outwits Immigration Control, but when Izzy fights a classmate, Santiago struggles to teach him that real men avoid violence – without revealing that in order to provide for him, he has joined MS-13, America’s most dangerous gang.

"The incredible juxtaposition of heartfelt tenderness and intense action gives it the depth, passion and sincerity of Hemingway and Kerouac combined. Loved the entire read." - Emma on Amazon
"The writing is both fast-paced and acute, giving us frightening action while still diving into the emotional details. The author uses creative and unexpectedly on-point metaphors to describe what the characters are doing. It's a fun and quick read that will have you curious, in suspense, and a little horrified (in a good way). Definitely recommend." - Pete on Amazon

Official Link (Thought Catalog)

The Cock Fight (An Audio Story) (excerpt) (audio)

The Green Light (excerpt)

What Happens When You Spend Months On a Contest Submission, Then Told You Can't Submit It? (review)

Cockfights, Gangs, and Hip-Hop (interview)

Jamsphere Magazine Reviews "The Cock Fight" (review) 

 

Poetry

Have You Kept Your Blood Warm? (The Indy)

I'll Save You Only If I Can Have Your Body (Thought Catalog)

I Felt Warm When I Saw It Die (Thought Catalog)

The Earth Hugs You

You Gut Me You Pour Me