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Yago S. Cura

Yago S. Cura is an Adult Services Librarian at the Vernon branch of the Los Angeles Public Library in sunny South Central Los Angeles. He is a former N.Y.C. Teaching Fellow and A.L.A. Spectrum Scholar who also happens to publish the poetry, fiction, and prose of authors from las Américas in Hinchas de Poesía (www.hinchasdepoesia.com) with Jim Heavily and Jennifer Therieau. Yago’s poetry has appeared in Huizache, KWELI, PALABRA, Borderlands, Lungfull!, COMBO, LIT, U.S. Latino Review, 2nd Avenue, Exquisite Corpse, FIELD, and Slope. His reviews have appeared in The St. Mark’s Poetry Project Newsletter. Along with Ryan Nance, he is the co-founder of the Copa Poetica (http://copapoetica.us), a three day reading series in Los Angeles on the rest days of the 2014 World Cup. His Spanglish blog, Spicaresque (http://spicaresque.blogspot.com), has had more than 55,000 visitors. From 2013 to 2015, 61% of the 18-24 year olds sitting in Yago’s English classes inside the Los Angeles County Jail were able to pass the E.L.A./C.A.H.S.E.E.