Ariel Francisco


Ariel Francisco Henriquez Cos has authored four poetry collections, including All My Heroes Are Broke, which was named one of the 8 Best Latino Books of 2017 by Rigoberto Gonzalez. Named one of the Five Florida Writers to Watch in 2019 by Miami New Times and one of the 6 Guatemalan Authors You Should Know in 2021 by Latino Book Review, his first translation collection, Carolina Sanchez’s Viaje/Voyage, was published in Spain in 2020. He is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Louisiana State University.



9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Capitol Park Event Center, Meeting Room
Louisiana Poets
with Kathleen Balma, Catharine Savage Brosman, Ariel Francisco, Rodger Kamenetz, Alison Pelegrin, Sha'Condria Sibley, and moderator Mona Lisa Saloy

11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Cavalier House Booksellers Tent
Book Signing

Under Capitalism If Your Head Hurts They Just Yank Off Your Head

In Under Capitalism If Your Head Aches They Just Yank Off Your Head, Ariel Francisco reaches into family history, Latin American history, and US history in order to disrupt one’s typical understanding of what American poetry can do. From the Bronx to the Dominican Republic to Guatemala, the poems in this collection trace and retrace origins, lineages, and the missteps and fractures that complicate what it means to be a first generation Latinx-American in a country so dedicated to silencing, violence, and erasing the past.


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