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Crosscurrents

Poet Josiah Luís Alderete: Spanglish is a true American language

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Josiah Luís Alderete will tell you he is “a full-blooded Pocho Indio who refries his beans and poesia in Spanglish.”

He was a founding member of the Molotov Mouths Outspoken Word Troupe — a collective of politically engaged Bay Area writers, active in the early 2000s. Since then he’s performed his work all over the region and was recently featured in the poetry anthology "The City Is Already Speaking.”

Josiah shared a few poems and talked about where his work comes from.