Raíces, Relics, and Other Ghosts

Raíces, Relics, and Other Ghosts

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About the Author

Raised in the Pacific Northwest, S. Salazar has always felt at home in the mountains. As an educator, she strives to show people that success isn’t defined by background.

S. is published in Harpur Palate, The Acentos Review, Booth Journal, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. Her work explores generational trauma, identity, Latinx heritage, diaspora, and mental health. Raíces, Relics, and Other Ghosts is her debut poetry collection.

When she isn’t writing, she can be found hiking with loved ones, talking to her parrot, Gizmo, and gushing over every dog she sees.

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About the Artist

Elsa Muñoz is a Mexican American artist born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. She credits her interests in nature and healing to her experience growing up in an underserved and often unsafe community with little access to green spaces. Spending most of her childhood indoors led to the cultivation of a rich inner world in which she could find beauty and sanctuary.

Her work explores the threads connecting ecology, culture, and spirituality. Muñoz received her BFA in oil painting from the American Academy of Art in 2006. She’s since had 11 solo shows, including at the National Museum of Mexican Art (2011) and at the Union League Club of Chicago (2016), along with group shows throughout the U.S. She was recently awarded a SPARK Grant from the Chicago Artists Coalition (2022) and was the recipient of the Helen and Tim Meier Foundation for The Arts Achievement Award (2019). Notable collections include the National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago), North Park University (Chicago), and the private collection of Martin Castro, Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights under President Barack Obama.

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Paperback: 92 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books (August 30, 2023)

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