To introduce me at my thesis reading:
On his decision to transfer from Antioch to Queens, Daniel Romo says, “It’s one of the best decisions of my life.” Daniel’s poetry can be found or is forthcoming in Gargoyle, The Los Angeles Review, MiPOesias, Fogged Clarity, Scythe, > kill author, and other journals and anthologies. He’s a multiple Best of the Net nominee, and a multiple Pushcart nominee. His first book of poetry, Romancing Gravity, is forthcoming this spring from Pecan Grove Press, and his second book of poetry, When Kerosene’s Involved, is forthcoming this summer from Black Coffee Press. He teaches high school creative writing and represents The LBC. And he bleeds Dodger Blue…. a lot.
To introduce me to the world:
Daniel Romo never intended to apply to graduate school. He shared his poems with a colleague two-and-a-half years ago and she said, You need to be in grad school. His college GPA (YEARS ago) was too low to qualify for most MFA programs, so he became obsessed with Antioch because they understand: college grades have NOTHING to do with the writer. Consequently, he worked his Latino ass off to ensure he got in. And when he got in and decided to transfer to Queens midway through his two-year stint because his gut told him to, he worried excessively that he wasn’t making the right decision. He never set out to appear in literary journals, and before submitting his work for publication, never heard of Best of the Net or the Pushcart Prize. He’s an extremely shy person, so he never sought to become part of a thriving, social, literary community. He worries what his family and friends will think of him when his books come out, and feels slightly embarrassed at the poems he’s written. He publishes excessively because he’s an insecure person, and seeing his work recognized by others helps him deal with that and any hurt he’s faced in his life. He just wants the whole thing to be over so he could relax and not feel the need to put so much pressure on himself. And he bleeds Dodger Blue… a lot.