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Maurice Kilwein Guevara

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Maurice Kilwein Guevara was born in Belencito, Colombia in 1961 and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the author of POEMA (University of Arizona Press, 2009), Autobiography of So-and-so: Poems in Prose (New Issues Press, 2001), Poems of the River Spirit (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996), and Postmortem (University of Georgia Press, 1994). He is a founding member of the National Latino Writers’ Association, and is currently a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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	When fiber-optic, sky blue hair became the fashion, my father began the 
monthly ritual of shaving his head. It was August, and we were still living in the 
Projects without a refrigerator. The sound of my mother fluttering through the 
rosaries in another room reminded me of the flies I'd learned to trap in