Books
  • Furious Lullaby (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
    Furious Lullaby (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
  • Names Above Houses (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
    Names Above Houses (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
  • A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry
    A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry

  • Requiem for the Orchard (Akron Series in Poetry)
    Requiem for the Orchard (Akron Series in Poetry)

Anthologies

Oliver's work can also be found in the following anthologies.

  • Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing
    Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing
  • Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation
    Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation
  • Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond
    Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond
  • From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great
    From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great
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Entries in Oliver de la Paz (4)

Working against the tide

I've been really letting the blog lapse and that's mostly due to mounting parental duties. Our oldest is in need of special education services, so for the better part of my sabbatical, I've been the one to shuttle back and forth between these engagements. And I think engagement is the chief word that I've lived with in my brain. I've vowed to be as engaged a parent as I possibly can be, particularly because my eldest son needs his parents to be present, and I mean really present.

My son was recently diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and because it's such a wide spectrum, Meredith and I have been applying for services as aggressively as we can. Unfortunately, because my son's such a high–functioning autism case, it's difficult to find any services or grants to support his needs. While I was at AWP, I was fielding calls with the Opportunity Resource Council and Developmental Disabilities Services. All this is to say that the blog and the writing has been set aside. My son's my priority.

Now, however, I'm finding my way back to a balanced life. Although our daycare situation is a mess, I'm grateful for my parents for 1) living in town nearby and 2) agreeing to help with the care of the youngest and the oldest. (The middle kid's peachy, though I feel at times I neglect him because of the other two). Additionally, come back to the classroom has forced me to go back into books and poetry, and for that, I'm also grateful.

So much gratitude for my complicated life. I'm glad to be back on campus. Hopefully my return translates to a return to my writing.

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Sickened by this story:

The slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a Florida high school student who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain, has captured national attention.

Petitions and protests calling for justice for Martin have exploded amid allegations of racism and scrutiny into how local police  handled the investigation. George Zimmerman has yet to be charged in the case.

 

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Spent the weekend with all three boys while Meredith went down to Seattle for an SLP conference. While she was down there, she met up with these guys. She's friends with the bassist. Good to know people, eh?

 

A Face to Meet the Faces--Cover Art

Two versions of the same cover.

Version #1

Version #2

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The difference is subtle. I won't tell you what the difference is, but it's easy enough to figure out.

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Again, the anthology is due out in February. We're in the midst of final copy-edits.

 

Reading at Willamette University

Elliott Bay Book Company: Donna Miscolta & Oliver de la Paz

I'll be reading with Donna Miscolta at the Elliott Bay Book Company. Here's the write-up from their website:

 

DONNA MISCOLTA & OLIVER DE LA PAZ

 

08/11/2011 7:00 pm

Two fine writers from hereabouts—fiction writer Donna Miscolta from Seattle, and poet Oliver de la Paz down from Bellingham, where he teaches at Western Washington—read here tonight from recent books. For Donna Miscolta, it is her luminous, long-awaited debut novel, When the de la Cruz Family Danced (Signal 8 Press), that makes it an extra-special occasion. "A smoothly written debut that sways between the Philippines and the U.S., between the present and past, and between the secrets and hard truths of its compelling characters. This is a complex story of immigration and loss that packs an emotional punch." – Cristina Garcia. "This extraordinary novel illustrates a family's long journey toward making peace—with the world, with the family, and with individual selves. Miscolta is a pitch-perfect prose stylist and a passionately empathetic creator ..." – Antonya Nelson. Requiem for the Orchard is Oliver de la Paz's third collection of poems. "In Requiem for the Orchard, the chrome bumpers of a truck meet salt cake and coral, and we are introduced to eloquent poems of witness and celebration that deftly bridge the speaker's childhood to his own first forays into fatherhood. It is impossible to return to the safe territory of the person you were before you read these achingly beautiful poems, filled with terror and gracenotes." – Aimee Nezhukumatathil.

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9789881989598
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Signal 8 Press, 6/2011

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781931968744
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University Of Akron Press, 3/2010

Location: 
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, Washington
98122
United States