Winner of the Jake Adam York Prize
& the Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship!
Sotelo’s best poems are first person… She relays experience without evasive disjunction or false coherence. Sotelo’s complicated ambivalence about men who ‘still love girls, but rarely admit it’ is disturbing and authentic.
–New York Times
Dazzling...[Sotelo] speaks to the heartache of crushes, relationships, and a longing for freedom from the expectations amplified by religion and culture.
[Sotelo's] work challenges the two-dimensional feminine stereotype by infusing her female voices, including Ariadne's, with intellect, wisdom, and complications.
Analicia Sotelo is the author of Virgin, the inaugural winner of the Jake Adam York Prize, selected by Ross Gay for Milkweed Editions, 2018. She is also the author of the chapbook, Nonstop Godhead, selected by Rigoberto González for a 2016 Poetry Society of America National Chapbook Fellowship. Her poem “I’m Trying to Write a Poem About a Virgin and It’s Awful” was selected for Best New Poets 2015 by Tracy K. Smith.
Poems have also appeared in the New Yorker, Boston Review, FIELD, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and The Antioch Review. She is recipient of the 2016 DISQUIET International Literary Prize, a Canto Mundo fellowship, and scholarships from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and the Image Text Ithaca Symposium. Sotelo has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, BookList, & was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review.
She holds a BA in English Literature from Trinity University & an MFA in Poetry from the University of Houston. Analicia is the Director of Communications & Development at Writers in the Schools. She serves as an Adroit Journal Summer Mentor, a committee member of the Poison Pen Reading Series, & on the City of Houston's Millennial Advisory Board.
Sotelo dives headfirst into the complexities of the female experience and mind, and you’re going to love her for it.
The poems of Nonstop Godhead shape an expansive imaginative landscape that becomes fortified by Sotelo's use of myth, folklore, art, and personal history. Her speaker is that unforgettable young woman we have all been waiting for: she who dares to inhabit a story worthy of her brilliance and splendor.