“Adriana E. Ramirez on why readers love ‘The Hate U Give'”

From the Los Angeles Times:

Critics are calling “The Hate U Give” a “Black Lives Matter novel,” since the system that the young and plucky Starr seeks to dismantle is the institutional oppression of black people. “The Hate U Give” is, yes, a novel about race — but it is also a dystopian young adult novel that happens to be set in reality.

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Find me @ Creative Nonfiction Conference

Friday, May 26th

10:30 am // Morning Breakout Sessions
On Craft
> Research & Fact-checking // MAGGIE MESSITT & ADRIANA E. RAMIREZ

Saturday, May 27th


2 pm // Panels

Writing Beyond Stereotypes
Tips for crafting compelling, nuanced characters and stories. // JASWINDER BOLINA,ADRIANA E. RAMIREZ & IRA SUKRUNGRUANG

3:30 pm // Roundtable
The Writer as Activist: Making Your Story Matter
Writers, editors, and journalists discuss stories with the power to cause change. // JASWINDER BOLINAJAMIE BRICKHOUSE, ANDREW CONTE, JAMES MARCUS & ADRIANA E. RAMIREZ

5 pm // Farewell
Advice & Inspiration
The presenters from CNFWC17 close with uplifting messages and their best advice for writers


2017 City of Asylum / Pittsburgh Prize

From City of Asylum:

PITTSBURGH, PA — May 19th, 2017 — City of Asylum today announced that Adriana E. Ramíreza Pittsburgh-based writer, critic and nationally-ranked performance poethas won the 2017 City of Asylum/Pittsburgh Prize. Previous prize winners include Terrance Hayes (2011), Román Antopolsky (2013) and Lori Jakiela (2015).

The 2017 City of Asylum/Pittsburgh Prize consists of a month-long (June 12-July 9), all-expenses-paid summer writing residency in Brussels, Belgium. During her residency in Brussels, Ramírez will work on a nonfiction book,The Violence (forthcoming in 2018)the story of a Colombian family based on real-life oral accounts of drug tourism.

The Prize is part of City of Asylum’s Bridges initiative, which will create a number of international writer residencies for Western Pennsylvania writers. This residency is a collaboration with the Belgian literary organization, Het beschrijf, and is hosted at the Passa Porta literary center in Brussels. Like City of Asylum, Passa Porta is a hub for international writers and readers, and presents a diverse selection of literary programs to the public. While in Brussels, Ramírez will offer two public workshops on poetry writing and on “slam”-style poetry performance as part of Passa Porta’s program of multilingual “literary encounters.”

“I’m pleased and proud to announce Adriana E. Ramírez has won our 2017 prize,” said Henry Reese, Co-founder and President of City of Asylum. “We selected her for her unique voice, her strong trajectory as a writer, and her commitment to transforming Pittsburgh through the power of words.”

Media Coverage

  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette [link] [pdf]

Find Me @ LA Times Festival of Books


Saturday, April 22 • 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Memoir: Immigrant Stories, Conversation 1122

Listen to me on NPR’s On POINT

Listen for me today on NPR’s On Point, discussing the poetry and legacy of Derek Walcott.

Poet and playwright Derek Walcott died last week at 87 on his native Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. He wasn’t shy. He once called himself “the heir to Milton.” But he ran the language of empire – English – through the ocean wave life of the islands. The colonized. Verse, he wrote “crisp as sand, clear as sunlight.” We want to hear more of it. This hour On Point:  we are setting sail on the grand, exuberant poetry of Derek Walcott. — Tom Ashbrook

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“Derek Walcott’s poetry had grandeur, an exuberance of language”

From the LA Times:

The more I worked on listening and looking at Walcott’s poetry, the more love I found for a poet I once resented. His lack of humility, something I’d originally misinterpreted as arrogance, became a form of resistance. I found his language choices unexpected and the images he presented familiar, but made new through his language.

With his passing, we lose a poet of grandeur. He was not without his controversies, and no one would call him modest (least of all himself). But Walcott brought an intensity of conviction, writing through a post-colonial lens, even as he incorporated 19th and early 20th century classically European style with the aesthetics of the Caribbean.

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Find Me @ #AWP2017



Room 102B, Washington Convention Center, Level One

Digital Pedagogy for Beginners.  (Aubrey Hirsch, Faith Adiele, Brian Oliu, Adriana E. Ramírez , Erin Anderson) From podcasts to Twitter essays to .gif novels, digital storytelling is on the rise. This panel is aimed at instructors interested in experimenting with this fascinating and challenging material, but unsure of how to begin. Panelists work to demystify the world of digital pedagogy by offering their experiences integrating new media into writing classes. Panelists also suggest examples, assignments and discussion topics appropriate for literature, creative writing and composition courses.
[UPDATE: here’s a wonderful review of this panel from Kim MacQueen for Assay.]



I’ll be helping in the book fair at table 755-T, representing Aster(ix) Journal. Tweet me (@zadri) if you’re coming by, as I tend to wander. 


For Aster(ix) Journal:

But that’s not entirely true. Because no matter how much wealth or privilege I come from, there will always be someone who will use my Latina body against me, whose eyes will shine from the assumptions contained in my skin. Sometimes, I change my posture when confronted with that kind of stare. I try to counter any assumptions with a smile. But some days, I don’t care and play into the stereotype, flashing my hardest “What?!” face to friend and foe alike.

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The Writer’s Block: A Q&A with Adriana Ramirez

From Sampsonia Way Magazine:

Sampsonia Way spoke with Ramirez about her inspirations and challenges in writing and her journey to realizing she was a writer. Ramirez spoke about the need for what she calls a “cosmic zoom,” and her efforts to be “global” as she writes from the United States.

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Writers on the 2016 US Election: Adriana Ramirez

For Sampsonia Way Magazine:

So perhaps that’s what I’ve learned from my country. We’re a nation of impossible dreamers, on both sides. We, as a country, watched and/or supported the rise of a candidate that represents the most unreachable of goals: time travel to a simpler time that only exists in the collective imagination.

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