Our next Letter in the Mail is from award-winning writer and activist Christopher Soto! Christopher writes to us in the middle of the night, from a “half awake state, not a country but a frame of mind,” about dreams, and why letters written late at night allow him to be his most sincere self.
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Christopher Soto completed his Master of Fine Arts in Poetry at New York University, currently works at University of California, Los Angeles’s Ethnic Studies Centers, and sits on the Lambda Literary Board of Directors. He is the author and editor of Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color. He co-founded the Undocupoets campaign, which successfully lobbied numerous poetry publishers in the United States to remove proof of citizenship requirements from first-book contests, and co-founded Writers for Migrant Justice to protest the detention and separation of migrant families in the US. He has received the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism and the Barnes & Nobles Writer for Writers Award and he is a 2019 CantoMundo Fellow. Soto’s poems, reviews, interviews, and articles can be found at The Nation, The Guardian, Los Angeles Review of Books, Poetry, American Poetry Review, and Tin House, among others.
Photograph of Christopher Soto by Kai Richards.