Kevin E. Tobar Pesántez

KEVIN E. TOBAR PESÁNTEZ is poetry editor of 2Leaf Press. Pesántez graduated in 2012 from Long island University Global with a B.A. in Global Studies. He served as an intern for phati’tude Literary Magazine and was promoted to editor and contributing writer to the magazine. Pesántez  has worked as a Workshop Facilitator of the Boy’s Town Detention Center, developing spoken word, hip hop and theater workshops in Brooklyn, and as a playwright and actor in cultural programs in Quito, Ecuador. He was a member of The Forum Project, New York’s first ever Theatre of the Oppressed performance troupe, worked as a housing advocate at University Settlement, a social services organization in the Lower East Side and served as a columnist for the Rivard Report, an online hyper-local magazine serving San Antonio, Texas.

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Gonzales’s poems speak assertively, and the poet’s use of complex periodic sentences lends his lines accumulating power. My translation closely follows the poet’s syntax, and I hope that recreates the drive of the poems.

Lynn Levin

The Black Arts Movement made it clear that you’re not just writing for yourself, but for the masses. Poetry today is more about “me” as opposed to “we.” It’s more or less an ego exercise and much of it wallows heavily in the pathos of our lives.

Abiodun Oyewole

My primary goal with this novel was to pay my respects to William Faulkner’s classic The Wild Palms. Retelling Faulkner’s tale with Latino characters seems like a natural stage of literary evolution, one that mirrors the evolving literary relationship between our twin continents.

Ezra Fitz

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