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José Olivarez

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José Olivarez

José Olivarez is the author of Citizen Illegal (Haymarket Books, 2018). He is the marketing manager at Young Chicago Authors and lives in Chicago.

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i know we exist because of what we make. my dad works at a steel mill. he worked at a steel mill my whole life. at the party, the liberal white woman tells me she voted for hillary & wishes bernie won the nomination. i stare in the mirror if i get too lonely. thirsty to see myself i once walked into the lake