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Josiah Luis Alderete Releases New Book of Poetry

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Today we hear from Josiah Luis Alderete, who lives in San Francisco. He’s the author of the new book of poems called Baby Axolotls y Old Pochos, which came out on April 29.

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My pronouns are he/him. I’m originally from San Diego, but moved to Santa Cruz for college in 2014, where I studied literature and creative nonfiction at UCSC. In 2018, I moved to Oakland and began to pursue a career in audio-journalism. I’ve worked as a reporter for KPFA for the last year, where I’ve covered a wide range of issues from climate change to prison lawsuits to political candidacies to policing in the bay area. I’m interested in telling stories that demystify systemic inequalities, whether those be gender, race, or class based.