Javier Zamora: Poetry as Resistance

By sfrye
October 9th, 2018 - 4:21pm

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Javier Zamora was born in La Herradura, El Salvador in 1990. He is the author of the chapbook Nueve Anos Inmigrantes/Nine Immigrant Years, which won the 2011 Organic Weapon Arts Contest, and Unaccompanied, published by Copper Canyon Press in 2017.

Javier’s father fled El Salvador when he was a year old, and his mother fled when he was about to turn five. Both parents’ migrations were caused by the US-funded Salvadoran Civil War (1980-1992). In 1999, at the age of nine, Javier traveled unaccompanied 4,000 miles, across multiple borders, from El Salvador to the United States to be reunited with his parents. He migrated through Guatemala, Mexico, and eventually the Sonoran Desert; before a coyote abandoned his group in Oaxaca, Javier managed to make it to Arizona with the aid of other migrants. Unaccompanied explores how immigration and civil war have impacted his family.

His poetry was featured in Best New Poets 2013 and has appeared in several journals including American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Kenyon Review, and New Republic.

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