Iliana Rocha earned her PhD in English and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University. Her work has been featured in the Best New Poets 2014 anthology, as well as The Nation, Virginia Quarterly Review, Blackbird, and West Branch. Karankawa, her debut collection, won the 2014 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Central Oklahoma and lives with her three chihuahuas, Nilla, Beans, and Migo.
This week we start off our series “This Work Will Take Dancing”: Latinx Poetry from the Southern U.S. with two stunning poems: “The Many Deaths of Inocencio Rodriguez” by Iliana Rocha, and “After Long Distance Phone Calls” by Aline Mello.