Emily Pérez is the author of House of Sugar, House of Stone, and the chapbook Backyard Migration Route. She holds degrees from Stanford and the University of Houston, where she was poetry editor for Gulf Coast and taught with Writers in the Schools. Her poems have appeared in journals including Poetry, Diode, Bennington Review, Borderlands, and DIAGRAM. She teaches English and Gender Studies in Denver, where she lives with her husband and sons.
“Election” by Emily Perez and “What Was the Passion Fruit Called Before Europeans Renamed It” by Aline Mello investigate how language can both illuminate and obscure the structures of violence we find ourselves living within.