There’s something tender in the poems, essays, and interviews in this new issue of Chaparral. Alina Nguyen won’t forget her mother’s calloused feet, while Crystal Salas transcribes her father’s syntax. Kelly Grace Thomas worries about her lover’s bearded face, and Sophia Apodaca re-imagines mothering. Christopher Higgs instructs us to love ourselves, and Abel Salas sings & sings. In their generosity and vision, these writers remind us of all the things that might go overlooked had we not taken the time to see. Thank goodness they are looking. Thank goodness they have transformed the ordinary into something to be cherished, something mysterious, something extraordinary.

Alina NguyenHighland Park
Nửa Việt & Half American

Alina Nguyen

Sophia ApodacaWhen You’re in the Closet
Coming Out to My Mother

Sophia Apodaca

Kelly Grace ThomasTo the Lobster We Cooked at Kenyon
A Micro Essay
I Suggest My Lover Shave His Beard

Kelly Grace Thomas

Crystal Salas[my father’s fear is a sentence of stuttered punctuation]
Atlantic City Mirage
The Balancing Act: An Interview with Crystal Salas

Crystal Salas

Abel SalasBecause We Are Pirates of Love
Interview with Abel Salas

Abel Salas

Christopher HiggsInterview with Christopher Higgs

Christopher Higgs