This week’s recommendation comes from:

Sara DeMartino smiling with the Cathedral of Learning far off in the background

Sara DeMartino

IFL ELA Fellow

Sara says, “Poems from this collection would be sparks for inviting secondary students to examine their own places of intersectionality and explore the tensions that exist among the communities of which they are members.”

We Are Owed.

Ariana Brown

We Are Owed., Texas-born Ariana Brown’s debut collection of poems, powerfully explores the intersections of Ariana’s Blackness, Mexican identity, and growing up in America. The collection asks the reader to develop a Black consciousness by rejecting U.S., Chicano, and Mexican nationalism and confronting anti-Black erasure and empire-building. On her website, Ariana also reads some additional poems and describes her writing process as her poet-journalist friend Jacqui Germain interviews her.