Melinda Palacio

April 2017

April 6, Sanctuario. Poetry Reading at SBCC Atkinson’s Gallery 6pm.

Booking readings and speaking engagements this fall and winter Contact me at gmail.

January 21, Women’s March Santa Barbara. Hear me read my poem before the march. See video on La Bloga

January 15, Santa Barbara’s Dr. King March and poetry awards presentation.

January 13, I have a new post on La Bloga. Friday the 13th’s edition recounts the three anthologies that publish my work in January, February and March. 

December 2016

December 30, I have a new post on La Bloga.

December 10, Women’s National Book Association Party, New Orleans

November 1, 2016
LadyFest Lit
6:30-9pm Material Life,
6038 Saint Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

October 16, 2016
New Orleans Poetry reading before Airline
Highway play at UNO. 6pm.

Summer Fun: I tried SUP Yoga on the Pacific Ocean:  read all about it.

Read my Orlando tribute poem on Latinopia.

April 24 & 29, Visit Me at the New Orleans Jazz Fest Book Tent 11 am.

April 13, Ekphrastic Poetry:
FiberVision in Santa Barbara
Read about the event on La Bloga.

AWP: Two Panels March 31 and April 2
Poetry of Resistance Reading at Avenue 50 Studios.

Thank you to all who have expressed sympathy for my grandmother. Read about her on my blogposts for Feb and March.

Spring 2016
I’m booking events for Fall and Winter 
email me at

September 23, 2015
Today the Academy of American Poets features me on the poem-a- day program. 

From National Poetry Month 2015:

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.,_Texas.html,_Waiting.htmlHow_Fire_Is_A_Story,_Waiting.htmlHow_Fire_Is_A_Story,_Waiting.htmlHow_Fire_Is_A_Story,_Waiting.htmlHow_Fire_Is_A_Story,_Waiting.htmlHow_Fire_Is_A_Story,_Waiting.htmlReviews_%26_Interviews/Entries/2013/4/30_Book_Review__Examiner.htmlReviews_%26_Interviews/Entries/2013/4/30_Book_Review__Examiner.html


Ocotillo Dreams

PRAISE and Reviews for Ocotillo Dreams

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

A presentation at NSU Louisiana.

In the news in Louisiana: NWLA

and the Baton Rouge Advocate.

How Fire Is a Story, Waiting

The wait is over. Order your copy here.

Albuquerque Journal reviews Fire book.

The Advocate review.

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.