Rosa Alcalá

“Voice Activation”

A text version of this piece appears in the print edition of Best American Experimental Writing 2018.

Rosa Alcalá is the author of three books of poetry, most recently MyOTHER TONGUE (Futurepoem). Her poetry has also appeared in a number of anthologies, including Stephen Burt’s The Poem is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them (Harvard UP). The recipient of an NEA Translation Fellowship, her most recent translations are included in Cecilia Vicuña: New & Selected Poems (Kelsey Street Press), which she edited. Alcalá lives in El Paso, TX, where she teaches in the Department of Creative Writing and Bilingual MFA Program at the University of Texas-El Paso.