Peggy Robles-Alvarado


Peggy Robles-Alvarado is a Jerome Hill Foundation Fellow in Literature, a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Atticus Review Poetry Contest winner, and a BRIO award winner with fellowships from CantoMundo, The Frost Place, and VONA. Peggy is a three-time International Latino Book Award winner who authored Conversations With My Skin (2011), and Homage To The Warrior Women (2012). Through Robleswrites Productions, she created Lalibreta. online (2021) and The Abuela Stories Project (2016). She was featured on HBO Habla Women, Lincoln Center, and her poetry appears in several anthologies including The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext (2020). For more visit

Sábados de Gloria in Haiku

Awake before nine,
speakers singing merengue-
a weekly ritual. 

Prayers for a safe home
Mistolin, holy water
and Fabuloso. 

Gloria mops the floor.
Her hips sway to el coro
de Fernandito. 

Moving furniture
to get to all the corners,
she lights a cigar. 

Clouds each room with smoke,
says the Lord’s prayer between tracks.
Here, God dances too. 

Washing away sin
by day, and drinking all night-
a game of see saw. 

Our home- a temple
for both heathen and holy
with beer on their breath.

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