Itzá: A Reading with Rios de la Luz and Marilyse V. Figueroa
ITZÁ, the first novella from author Rios de la Luz, is about a family of water witches. It's about creating new mythologies and using the magic passed down from ancestors to heal.
"I love this book with my whole body. FINALLY a book, body and voice rising up from the edges of culture to say I am not dead, you cannot kill me, we are coming to take our stories back. Rios de la Luz is among the most important emerging writing of our time, or any time, because she is inventing a new language without limits that explodes all walls and borders meant to keep us small and quiet. Weaving fabula with domestic trauma and sexual becoming, Itzá restories a girl's life and identity up and through the violence of a culture that cannot contain her. Like a new species facing off with death heads. Like myth rupturing the lies we are told about who we are. Like a Xicana gender fluid voice and body ready to rearrange your reality, gloriously and without apology."
-- Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan & The Small Backs of Children
Read more about Itzá here.
Rios de la Luz is a queer xicana/chapina who recently moved to Texas from Oregon. Her first book, The Pulse between Dimensions and the Desert, is out now via Ladybox Books. She edits for ELLX (formerly known as Ladyblog) and writes reviews for World Literature Today. Her novella, Itzá, was released in September 2017 via Broken River Books.
Marilyse V. Figueroa is a Queer Xicana and Puerto Riqueña writer. Her short story collection, Benevolent Altar, is forthcoming from Broken River Books. Marilyse is currently working on a novel about radical empathy and carving out space for healing in queer communities of color.