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Winner of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, Stepmotherland (University of Notre Dame Press, 2022), Darrel Alejandro Holnes’s first full-length collection, is filled with poems that chronicle and question identity, family, and allegiance. Exploring a complex range of emotions, this book is a celebration of discovery, from the discovery of America to the discovery of self, and the ways they may be one and the same.
“Stepmotherland is a balm. The lyrics to a melody that has always played in our heads. Holnes gives us a heartbreaking and healing song. A stunning debut.” — National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson
Darrel Alejandro Holnes is an Afro-Panamanian American writer, performer, and educator. He serves on the faculty of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. He is the author of the chapbook Migrant Psalms; and his writings on love, family, race, immigration, and joy– in French, English, and Spanish–have been published in literary journals, anthologies, and other books. He also writes for the stage.