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“Dearest Papa is a solid, humble testament of how each millisecond of life expands into a bigger story that represents all of us. It is a deep, detailed poetic account of love and coupling, as delicate as tender gets. Yet, as haunting and beautifully bold as naked could ever be."

  Beverly M. Collins
  Author of Mud in Magic
Naja Naaman Literary Prize
"Thelma T. Reyna has pinned down "lovely" with these beautifully crafted memoir poems. This is a collection of grieving and healing after losing her ‘Dear Papa,’ her husband, Victor, after fifty years of marriage. They are intimate, personal poems, and when you finish, you'll want to kiss someone you love."

 Mary Langer Thompson, Ed.D.
  Author of Poems in Water
Senior Poet Laureate of CA, 2012
Winner of 2 awards
“With heartbreaking truths and vivid, precise language, a diverse group of poets and prose writers explore the ruin COVID has made of our lives.”
Carla Rachel Sameth
Author, One Day on the Gold Line:
A Memoir in Essays

“…a time capsule, a scrapbook, a poetic testimony for those who will peer back from the future to see and experience…what the pandemic did to a conscious species in a few months’ time.”
Jack G. Bowman
Award-Winning Poet
Author of Eucalyptus Rex
“The authors here open the windows of their hearts and souls to help us understand the impact of the virus on them, their friends, and families.”
Mira N. Mataric
Award-Winning Poet

“These wonderful authors have come together to paint a safe space for us to grieve what was and what has been lost….this book also gives hope for a better and brighter tomorrow.”
Monteque Pope-LeBeau
Publisher/Founder of
The Art of Monteque

Dearest Papa: A Memoir in Poems
When the Virus Came Calling: COVID-19 Strikes America
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Acclaimed American Latino author, Alejandro Morales, author of numerous novels and short story collections, presents his first book of poetry to the world. The son of Mexican immigrants, Dr. Morales became a distinguished professor at University of California, Irvine, where he mentored and inspired generations of scholars until his recent retirement.

Zapote Tree brings together 34 poems pulsing with insights, imagery, hard truths about inequities in society, and unforgettable characters that expand our understanding of diverse cultures, such as those Dr. Morales straddles with wisdom and compassion.
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