La Loca

la-locaAdventures on the Isle of Adolescence; La Loca:
Pocket Poets Number 46, City Lights Publishers, 1989 – Poetry – 118 pages

La Loca is at a high pitch in these confessional and ecstatic outbursts made famous by her performances on tour from New York to Australia [where she read with Gig Ryan at the Evening Star Hotel near Central Railway in Sydney, a.k.a. The Evil Star Hotel. JT] She was one of four American writers chosen to represent the United States at the 1988 Winter Olympics Arts Festival in Calgary, Canada. La Loca grew up in impoverished Chicano districts of Los Angeles and now lives in Hollywood, California.

“To watch this kinetic portrait of sass and blood and fire and gentle weeping is to wonder if an eggshell shaved translucent could be more fragile then her soul.” – Itabari Njeri, Los Angeles Times

“What this dynamite young woman does is use her keen intelligence, lacerating wit and bold sincerity to transform the ugly, the mundane, the painful into a poetry of substance and joy. Simply wonderful.” – Wanda Coleman