María Isabel Alvarez

Publication in The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States

I feel privileged to be included in this stunning anthology, the first anthology of writings from the Central American diaspora by a U.S. publisher. My gratitude to the wonderful editors at Tia Chucha Press for compiling such necessary work.



Publication in Glass: A Journal of Poetry

Ah! I’m honored to have my third published poem in Glass: A Journal of Poetry for their spring issue. I’m featured along some absolutely fantastic poets, and it’s so humbling (me, a fiction writer) to be sharing space with them.


Publication in Puerto del Sol

I’m very grateful to be included in the newest issue of Puerto del Sol. This has been a dream publication come true. I’m sharing this wonderful space with writers like Kaveh Akbar, Iliana Rocha, and Alex McElroy.

Issue 52.1 is available at


Gigantic Sequins Reading at AWP

Having attended the last three conferences, I can attest that this AWP experience in D.C. was my favorite.

It was such a privilege to be invited to read alongside Gigantic Sequins alum, fiction writer Jameka Williams and poet, p.e. garcia, two writers of color with absolutely stunning work.

Issue 8.1 is available now at


Sundress Academy for the Arts Residency

I’m delighted to announce that I have been awarded a scholarship by the Tennessee Arts Commission for a residency at Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville, TN.

I’ll be staying at Firefly Farms a week after graduation (May 15th-21st), so it will be a welcome reprieve from the chaos of graduate school. This residency marks the transition into life post-MFA, and I hope it is one of many residencies to come.


Publication in the Colorado Review

I’ve got a book review up at the Colorado Review on Anne Valente’s Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down–my very first review with more to come this year. Part of literary citizenship is spreading the word on upcoming books, giving the author their due recognition for all their hard work. Follow me on Goodreads for quick reviews on books I’m reading.


Pushcart Prize Nomination

I’m thrilled to announce that Sonora Review out of the University of Arizona has nominated my story, “The Quiet Yellowing of Birds” (now the first chapter in my novel-in-progress) for a Pushcart Prize!

My utmost thanks to Editor-in-Chief, Samuel Rafael Barber and the entire Sonora Review staff.