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2018 Latin@ Scholar Eduardo Martinez-Leyva

Meet Eduardo Martinez-Leyva

Eduardo Martinez-Leyva’s poems have appeared in The Journal, The Boston Review, Nepantla: A Journal for Queer Poets of Color, Best New Poets 2015, and elsewhere. He received his M.F.A. from Columbia University, where he was a teaching fellow. He is a CantoMundo fellow.

On Being Named the 2018 Latin@ Scholar

“A community is an essential part of a writer’s development. I am grateful to the Frost Place for selecting me as the 2018 Latin@ Scholar. I am excited to learn and develop my writing this summer. It is an honor to work with writers dedicated to creating community and space for underrepresented voices. Mil gracias!

A Poem by Eduardo Martinez-Leyva


The summer Angelo’s wrists
were stitched up, we watched fishermen
struggle out of their wooden boats.

He told us, Storms sound equally
menacing in Spanish, but he could live
in that village, that language

of strong tongue, heat and skin.
His rawboned body, a net draped across
the mudblack shore, where men piled

and piled their days’ efforts.
In a less hurt age, he’d sift along
with us through that limp heap,

the delicate scales, so white
they were nearly transparent.
We looked indifferent then, faked

an accent, haggled a little for what
we could  smuggle into the next world.