It’s the day after the mid-term election and, one way or another, don’t you agree that we are going to need some poetry?
Unaccompanied, published in 2017, explores how immigration and civil war have impacted his family.
Javier Zamora was born in La Herradura, El Salvador, in 1990. He holds a BA from UC Berkeley, where he studied and taught in June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program. Zamora earned an MFA from NYU. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Mr. Zamora is currently a Walter Jackson Bate Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
Javier’s father fled El Salvador when he was a year old, and his mother fled when he was about to turn five. Both parents’ migrations were caused by the US-funded Salvadoran Civil War.
At the age of nine, Javier traveled unaccompanied 4,000 miles from El Salvador to the United States to be reunited with his parents. He migrated through Guatemala, Mexico, and eventually the Sonoran Desert; before a coyote abandoned his group in Oaxaca, Javier managed to make it to Arizona with the aid of other migrants.
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