Melinda Palacio


February 21, To Give Life a Shape Reading at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Mary Craig Auditorium at 5:30 pm

February 24, Nasty Women Poets Reading at Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA 4pm 

March 24, Tennessee Williams Festival, New Orlean.

New Book!
Bird Forgiveness coming soon from 3: a Taos Press. 


Today the Academy of American Poets features me on the poem-a- day program. 

Hear me and Valentine Pierce on the SoundCloud:

Ocotillo Dreams is now available on the Kindle. 
Buy Now.

Se habla español? I am feature in Periódico de Poesia--US Latino Poets No. 72
I am recovering from my broken leg. Thank you everyone for all of your well wishes. Read about how I broke my leg in New Orleans here.

New Review by Joane De Simone Reynolds on Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene

I’m mentioned in Shelf-Awareness, Oct. 4. Thank you, Octavia Books.

I contributed to a discussion on the NEA’s Big Read pick: Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea.

Listen to me Words on a Wire.

My book is listed in
Cosmopolitan Latina!

Hear me on Guerilla Reads.

How Fire Is a Story, Waiting WINS Best Poetry Book at the 15th Annual International Latino Book Awards at the Instituto Cervantes, May 2013.

How Fire Is a Story, Waiting Finalist for the Patterson Poetry Prize, winner is Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco.

How Fire Is a Story, Waiting Finalist for the Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Award, winner is Marilyn Nelson.

Book Review by Frank Mundo at the
“If you read one book for National Poetry Month, Make It This One.”--Examiner

Read an Interview with Me at The Los Angeles Review of Books, April 14, 2013.


Ocotillo Dreams

PRAISE and Reviews for Ocotillo Dreams

Ocotillo Dreams receives the 2012 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature.

photo by@sirposeyal

The National Book Critics Circle Spotlights Ocotillo Dreams by Rigoberto González

Susan Larson’s radio interview on NPR’s The Reading Life, WWNO

Article by David Steinberg in the Albuquerque Journal

Ocotillo Dreams is in reprint!

“These words metaphors, symbols, and ideals are sprinkled throughout Palacio’s novel like fine chili seasoning; not overpowing, but with just a bit of bite and much love and beauty.” -- Margo Wilson, Southwestern American Literature


February 26, listen to Melinda at 11:30 am on 88.5 KTEP Words on a Wire. Daniel Chacon and Sasha Pimental Chacon host the show. Missed the show? Click here to listen.

Hear my interview with DJ Aztec Parrot, Darren de Leon, on Radio 2050

Speaker and Book Club Information:

Ask about author Skype Visits.