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Digging Press

Every First & Fifteenth by Dimitri Reyes

Every First & Fifteenth by Dimitri Reyes

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Winner of the 2020 Digging Press Chapbook Series Award. Situated in Newark, New Jersey's metropolitan landscape of multilingual communities, Reyes' narrator, a street corner bard guided by the spirits of urban artists, takes us on a journey of language alternations. Each poem is a negotiation between life on the streets and the joyful and sometimes perilous quest for self-discovery. Traversing the desires of wanting to fit in, to get something, to say something in secret -- Reyes' eclectic poetic forms embody the duende, the cri de coeur, the hand-to-mouth hustle of urban life.

The Digging Press Chapbook Series features pocket-sized books, perfect bound with square spines, as well as, original cover art and layout design. 

Cover, illustrations, layout, and book design by Cynthia Alvarez. Paperback.

ISBN: 978-1-7336038-2-9

68 pages

Chapbook Size: 4.25" x 6.75"

Excerpt: “Tité," originally published in Cosmonauts Avenue, February 2019.

Publication Date: July 2021

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About the Author

Dimitri Reyes is a Boricua multidisciplinary artist, YouTuber, and educator from Newark, New Jersey. Dimitri’s book, Every First and Fifteenth (2021) is the winner of the Digging Press 2020 Chapbook Award, and some of his work has been nominated for a Pushcart and Best of the Net. You can find more of his writing in Poem-a-Day, Vinyl, Kweli, Duende, Obsidian, and Acentos. He is the Marketing & Communications Director at CavanKerry Press & Artist-in-Residence at NJPAC.


Semi-Matte Laminated Cover
Natural Tone Paper
Print Run: 250 Books

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