Dorsía Smith Silva: Contributor Update

Warmest congratulations to previous contributor, Dorsía Smith Silva on the publication of her debut poetry book! CavanKerry Press will publish In Inheritance of Drowning, in November 2024. It is available to preorder now!

Her book examines Hurricane María which devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, as well as exposing and examining the multiple sources of oppression in the United States.

In Inheritance of Drowning has already received significant attention:

“In Inheritance of Drowning looks unflinchingly at violence and iniquity while testifying to Black and Caribbean people’s survival.”

Shara McCallum, author of No Ruined Stone

“This is a voice that understands “fret” sounds like “forget,” especially as winds and waves accrue, along with lost brown and black bodies. Page after page, this overwhelming rush of rivers and blood remind us we must not forget, as the list of names grow[s] like a gathering storm, that those bodies swirl further and further away from their names.”

Frances richey, author of The Warrior: a mother’s story of a son at war, and the burning point

You can read Dorsía’s poems, “At the Hour before Hurricane María,” “Sunday Drive,” and “Uncaged” in Issue 29 of s[r]. Or her poem “Columbus 2020” in Issue 26.

Dorsía Smith Silva is an eight-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Best of the Net finalist, Best New Poets nominee, Cave Canem Poetry Prize Semifinalist, Obsidian Fellow, Poetry Editor at The Hopper, and Full Professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize and has been recently published or is forthcoming in Cream City ReviewShenandoahTerrainThe Ecopoetry Anthology: Volume IIThe Cimarron ReviewBeloit Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. She has also received support from Bread Loaf and Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and is a member of the Get the Word Out Poetry Cohort of Poets & Writers in 2024. Moreover, she is the author of Good Girl (poetry micro-chapbook), editor of Latina/Chicana Mothering, and the co-editor of seven books. She has a Ph.D. in Caribbean Literature and Language. You can find out more about Dorsía on her website.