The Blinding Star

I’m so happy to announce that Tolsun Books will release this book of selected poems by the late Peruvian poet Blanca Varela this fall. Translated by Sara Rivera and myself, this collection of poems reveals Varela as wildly inventive, fiercely feminist and deeply human. These poems are stunning and continue to amaze me. I am so proud to be a part of this project. The Blinding Star is available for preorder now.

“….Twelve years after her death, Lisa Allen Ortiz and Sara Daniele Rivera offer us this glimpse into a long and teeming encounter with Blanca Varela. Their translations, nothing short of devotions, carry a flaring, complex, compressed and spacious lyric forged in time by time….”

            —Aracelis Girmay