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Mercedes Lucero

August 22, 2019

Writer Mercedes Lucero talks to us about her newest book Stereometry, in which she combines poetry with math to create a space in which to process grief, the struggles of being a first-generation college student, and writing advice for those who are just starting to put pen to paper.

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Mercedes Lucero

I grew up in a small Midwestern town where poetry was, at best, mentioned in passing during school. We got no further than Walt Whitman and Edgar Allen Poe, with perhaps a nod to Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Suffice it to say there has been a whole world of poetry that I’ve missed. However, this week’s guest, writer Mercedes Lucero, has inspired me to explore this mysterious genre. As a result, my reading list has me reaching back to iconic writers like Sylvia Plath as well as delving into contemporary works by Claudia Rankine. 

Reading about Mercedes’ recent book Stereometry intrigued me – who is this writer that created what she calls “a poetic curriculum” to measure and weigh the feelings of grief and loneliness? We met Mercedes in her small apartment in Lawrence, Kansas and sat in a room full of art, books and the most amazing Philodendron plant named Gwendolyn. Listen in as we talk about her passion for words, the pressure of being a first-generation student and her techniques for writing.

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Want to hear more about the world of writing? Listen to our interview with author Freya North in episode 13.

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