Not a Writer

Genre: Non Fiction, Poetry, Young Adult

Book Summary


I have been writing poetry since childhood and find it healing and essential in my life. I write freely with no particular style or format. I feel that if I tried to write for others I would not be honest, and so I write for myself. My work is raw, at times frightening and dark. I am a human being and therefore flawed, but I cherish my humanity. I remain true to myself and my voice because I refuse to be silenced. I encourage others to do the same: to follow their passions and do what makes them feel whole. Art in any form is not meant to be just one thing, or meant to be contained, just like my poetry is free of traditional restrictions. This is a glimpse into my mind; welcome and enjoy.

About the Author

About the Author

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.

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