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José Olivarez

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José Olivarez

José Olivarez’s debut poetry collection, Citizen Illegal, is forthcoming from Haymarket Books in fall of 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