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Iliana Rocha

Iliana Rocha earned her PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University. Her work has been featured in the Best New Poets 2014 anthology, as well as The NationRHINOBlackbird, and West BranchKarankawa, her debut collection, won the 2014 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and is available through the University of Pittsburgh Press. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Central Oklahoma and lives with her three chihuahuas Nilla, Beans, and Migo.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. Chips and salsa
  2. My Spotify Daily Mix
  3. Tito’s vodka
  4. RuPaul’s Drag Race
  5. Reading and writing poetry
  6. Teaching literature and creative writing
  7. ¡Mi familia!
  8. My partner
  9. Allison, Alyssa, Kristen, and the Bigbutt Female Dogs group text
  10. My chihuahuas

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