Alta Live is excited to welcome author and Alta Journal contributor Carribean Fragoza for a discussion of her new book, Eat the Mouth That Feeds You. This debut collection of stories resides in the domestic surreal and features a gathering of Latinx and Chicanx voices from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border—and universes beyond. Fragoza is in conversation with Zyzzyva managing editor and Alta contributor Oscar Villalon.
About the author
Carribean Fragoza is a writer and artist from South El Monte, California. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications, including Bomb, Aperture, Huizache, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She is the coeditor of East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte, published in February 2020 by Rutgers University Press, and a senior writer at Tropics of Meta. Her first book of fiction, Eat the Mouth That Feeds You (City Lights Publishers), is forthcoming in March 2021. Fragoza coedits UC Press’s acclaimed California cultural journal, Boom California, and is also the founder of South El Monte Arts Posse, an interdisciplinary arts collective. Fragoza is the coordinator of the Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Award at Claremont Graduate University, and she lives in the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County.
About the moderator
Oscar Villalon is the managing editor of Zyzzyva. His writing has appeared in Freeman’s, Literary Hub, the Believer, Alta Journal, Zocalo Public Square, and other publications. He lives in San Francisco.
Check out these links to some of the authors, books, and subjects Fragoza and Villalon touched on:
- Read Eat the Mouth That Feeds You, by Carribean Fragoza.
- Read Wendy C. Ortiz’s review of Eat the Mouth That Feeds You in Alta Journal.
- Read “Larry’s Biggest Mistake,” by Carribean Fragoza, in Alta Journal.
- Read a Los Angeles Times profile of Carribean Fragoza.
- Check out Zyzzyva.
- Check out Boom California, coedited by Carribean Fragoza.
- Check out Vicious Ladies, a new publication edited by Carribean Fragoza.