First Poetry Collection by Diana Delgado '08 to be Published by BOA Editions

May 9, 2018

Alumna Diana Delgado '08 has her first poetry collection forthcoming from BOA Editions in Fall 2019. 


The collection, Tracing the Horse, and Delgado's poetry in general have been praised for being both conversational and surreal, and her work is rooted in her experiences growing up Mexican-American in Southern California. She counts the feminist and activist poet Lorna Dee Cervantes among her influences.


"I love juxtaposing what people say in the everyday with over-the-top statements," Delgado said in an interview with The High Window. "I would say that Lorna Dee Cervantes, Chicana poet, luminary, philosopher, is my totem poet. I read From the Cables of Genocide: Poems on Love and Hunger and that book changed my life. Finally, I had words for my feelings and experiences of growing up Chicana. Her work introduced me to French and Spanish Surrealism and how to utilize these traditions to write about injustice. It was a very profound discovery for me."


She told the literary journal that she was "beyond words" when she heard her collection would be published.


 "I keep saying it aloud, BOA, BOA, BOA," she said. "Such a great surprise. I’m ready to tour and the book isn’t even out yet!"


Delgado is also the author of Late Night Talks with Men I Think I Trust (Center for Book Arts, 2015). She is a recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and has received grants and scholarships from The Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. 


Her poetry has appeared in PloughsharesNinth LetterThe North American Review and Prairie Schooner, among other journals.