Poetry - General
96 Pages
Reviewed on 02/18/2018
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

About Roxana Preciado

Roxana Preciado is an indie author and artist recognized for her work as a poet and activist. Born in Jalisco, Mexico, she migrated to the US at 4-years-old and has been writing poetry since the age of twelve. She is the author of four poetry collections, having just released Trauma for Sale, a compilation of Preciado's experiences as a person of color managing migration, social class, higher education, and mental health issues. Her third book, Hood Educated is an exploration of Preciado's evolution and healing, as she connects the disparate parts of her past self into a unified whole.

Not a Writer, Preciado's second book, explores topics such as depression, suicide, sexuality, and immigration. In her first book, Not a Fairytale, Preciado recounts her life through poetry. Taken from childhood journals, Not a Fairytale recounts the harsh realities of overcoming family tragedy, homelessness, her undocumented status, and learning what life is like without an anchor to parent or country.

Preciado uses poetry and her story to support community engagement and activism around DACA and, as a survivor, to raise awareness about violence against women. She often speaks to Latinx and LGBTQ+ youth to help them find their voice and tell their stories. Preciado has completed her MS degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and continues her advocacy work for her various communities. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California with her wife and son.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Not a WRITER is a collection of poetry by Roxana Preciado. Preciado writes in a free verse format; her words dash and weave across the page, reflecting her creative process and interior struggles. In her opening piece, The Trenches, the repeated refrain “She haunts me” culminates in a jarring conclusion as “I look to my left, a glimpse in the mirror/Her face/Haunting/She haunts me...Tomorrow I’ll fight again/Mission clear/I will escape her...She is the never-ending battle, inside of me.” In Graduated From a Coke Addict, Preciado explores the challenges faced as a teen coming out as a lesbian to widespread rejection, and her triumph over the grim future her detractors hoped for her. In The Anti-Female Campaign, she rejects classification by gender, asserting: “I refuse to be described by the label of ‘femininity’/I am a human being/A person/A soul/An energy with no gender to keep it in place/I cannot accurately be described by a single word/I am not ‘female’/I am so much more.” In Girl in a Box and Becoming Woman, she continues discussing gender roles and her rejection of them in favor of being a whole, a complete being in herself. Preciado’s images of love are sensual and immediate as in Bee: “I want to melt in your mouth/Mouth smooth, pink, pout/Kiss me I need you/Need you in me/In my life.”

Roxana Preciado’s collection of poetry, Not a WRITER, is searingly honest and brave. Her poems paint pictures of her life, her early years and her triumph over forces that seemed likely to overwhelm her in her youth. I was especially moved by her pieces that challenge gender roles and the societal expectations that come with them, seeing how she alternately sees herself as “a disturbed Cinderella” or maybe “just too bright.” Her poems are lean and taut, with images that flash by and yield to their successors: “I feel too much/Dream too much/It pains me much.” Not a WRITER is a remarkable autobiographical work that is lyrical, powerful and intense. It’s most highly recommended.