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Ananda Esteva

Ananda Esteva was born in Chile and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.  A student of the late June Jordan, she co-authored the book June Jordan’s Poetry for the People: A Revolutionary Blueprint, dedicated to the teaching of poetry and formation of writing communities.  Her first solo book of poetry, Pisco Sours brings you home with passion and grace.  In these poems you will hear the rhythms of conquest and rebellion, boiling over in a furious song.  Her hair-raising essay ¡Venceremos! Words in Red Paint appears on Seal Press’ anthology Homelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place, and Time in January 2007.  She also co-authored of a book of poems called Explosive New Writing featuring the “Molotov Mouths Poetry Troupe” a Manic D Press venture.  Her comedic and touching short story,Witnessing A Woman’s Hands appeared in the Manic D anthology, It’s All Good. Ananda recently finished her first novel, The Stories of Chela Coatlicue Alvarez, chronicling a young woman’s journeys out of the indie rock scene in Mexico City through nacrotraficante country and into the US with not more than a guitar on her back.