Plantains and Our Becoming: Poems

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About the Author

Melania Luisa Marte is a writer, poet, and musician from New York living between the Dominican Republic and Texas. Her viral poem "Afro-Latina" was featured by Instagram on their IG TV for National Poetry Month and has garnered over nine million views. Her work has also been featured by Ain't I Latina, AfroPunk, The Root, Teen Vogue, Telemundo, Remezcla, PopSugar, and elsewhere.


"This collection is a full-throated war cry; both a request for anointment and the responding bendición. Marte writes like she's got daggers between her teeth: yes, there is sharpness in every line, but her words remind us blades also cauterize, heal. Even these ancestral wounds." --Elizabeth Acevedo, the National Book Award winning author of The Poet X

"There is no voice like Melania Luisa Marte's right now. I hesitate to say words like 'necessary' and 'groundbreaking' because it should simply be a given that Marte's work is in people's hands, headphones, bookshelves, and syllabi. Her thrilling collection Plantains and Our Becoming is a portrait of Black girlhood, an ode to daughters of the diaspora, and a lesson on an erased Dominican history. Marte's prose is all at once prayer and captivating lecture; a song that will stay ringing in your ears and refuse to leave. I can't shout about it enough." --Melissa Lozada-Oliva, author of Dreaming of You

"The poems in this collection are an experience. One cannot just read these poems without standing right next to the speaker right from the beginning as they are making plátanos. These poems demand the reimagining of justice for Black women. Plantains and Our Becoming examines a lineage of reclamation and resistance in the face of racial injustice with freedom and joy at the helm." --Elisabet Velazquez, author of When We Make It