Li Yun Alvarado


Li Yun Alvarado is the author of the chapbooks Words or Water and Nuyorico, CA. A poet and scholar, her work has appeared in Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education; The Acentos Review; Aster(ix), and Cura: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action, among others. She has served as the Senior Poetry Editor for Kweli Journal and is an alumna of VONA/Voices Writing Workshop and AROHO. Li Yun is a native New Yorker living in California who takes frequent trips to Salinas, Puerto Rico to visit la familia.


Zika Virus:
borne mal
de ojo.

In Puerto Rico,
19 cases east
of my family’s
pueblo, donde

el año
una semana
después de

The night
we found out
I was pregnant,
you exclaimed,

“Good! We need
more smart people
in this world!”

Later, we watched
news reports,
braved blood
draws. Waited.

For our brilliant
child or our
gutting. Our

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