Lyz Soto
Lyz Soto

Some Things I’ve Been Loving

E komo mai, thank you for visiting my website. I hope this finds you in a space of productive imagination. On this page, you will find some of the work I’ve been loving from other artists and scholars. I hope we can all be in more conversations together.

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Jocelyn Kapumealani Ng

Jocelyn has been creating fabulous spoken art for more than a decade. In recent years, she has begun exploring visual art making use of special effects make-up and photographic visual effects. Many of these images push on the ways we conceptualize queer brown bodies, particularly in the Pacific. Her work is a must see. You can also book an appointment with her to be transformed into your magical self.

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Rajiv Mohabir

Rajiv’s poetry and essay are must-reads. The beauty of his writing is matched only by the generosity of his spirit. He brings stories into the world that need to be heard. His articulations of poetics will push you to think about poetry more expansively. His brilliant invented forms and rhythms add a texture to his poems giving us another layer of story and thinking to peel back and watch with wonder.

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Commonplace with Rachel Zucker

After living and breathing my poetry for my dissertation, I fell into a funk with my own work and with my conversations with poetry. I had allowed myself to fall into a worn groove and I could find no way to climb out. Rachel Zucker’s Commonplace helped me re-find my love of poetry and of conversations with and about poetry. This podcast, often running more than an hour long, gives space and time for the best kinds of thoughtful conversations that remind us why poetry and art are so crucial to our survival. Zucker’s conversations with her guests, Robin Coste Lewis, Tyehimba Jess, Cathy Park Hong, Alice Notley, Natalie Diaz, and Denez Smith (to name a few), offer us the possibility of illumination.