David Dominguez

b. 1971
Poet David Dominguez earned a BA in comparative literature from the University of California at Irvine and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona. He is the author of the collections Marcoli Sausage (2000), published in Gary Soto’s Chicano Chapbook Series; Work Done Right (2003); and The Ghost of César Chávez (2010).
 
A resident of California’s Central Valley, Dominguez writes poetry that reflects life in the area, often focusing on work and family history. Rigoberto González elaborated on the importance of place to the collection The Ghost of César Chávez, noting that the Central Valley is “a place where generations of Mexican families have lived, worked and witnessed periods of both economic hardship and prosperity.… Dominguez pays homage to a different fruit of this labor: the hard-won comforts of domesticity and the impulse to reflect on the legacy of sacrifice.” Dominguez’s poems have been published in the anthologies The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (2007), Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California (2008), Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes (2009), and Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing (2010).
 
Dominguez is the co-founder and editor of The Packinghouse Review. He teaches at Reedley College in Reedley, California.

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"I do Poetry Out Loud because the everyday me is very shy and easily stumbles over words, mangling meaning and botching simple conversations. Yet, when I recite poetry it is an opportunity for me to become someone else––an embodiment of the poem. Slowly, step by step, I think Poetry Out Loud is helping me to become a braver, more confident person, even if I still tremble when I get on stage."
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