The Opposite of Breathing is Cement: Poetry & Prose

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Four Palaces Publishing
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5.0 X 8.0 X 0.15 inches | 0.17 pounds

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About the Author

Icess Fernandez Rojas is a Houston-based educator, writer, podcaster, and former journalist. She is a graduate of Goddard College's MFA program. 


Her work has been internationally published in Queen Mobs Lit Journal, Poetry 24, PANK Magazine, Rabble Lit, Minerva Rising Literary Journal, and the Feminine Collective's anthology Notes from Humanity. Her Houston-based story, “Happy Hunting”, was published in the Houston Noir anthology. 


Her nonfiction/memoir work has appeared in Dear Hope,, HuffPost and the Guardian. She is a recipient of the Owl of Minerva Award, a VONA/Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation alum, a Dos Brujas Workshop alum, a Kimbilio Fellow, and a Yale Writers’ Workshop member. She's finishing her memoir, ProblematicThe Opposite of Breathing is Cement is her first poetry collection.


Fernandez is an assistant professor of English at Lone Star College near Houston, Texas. Follow her on Twitter: @Icess and at her website:



"Between the crosses of identities-Black, Latina, woman, mental health, a child of immigrants living in the South-Fernandez Rojas paints the reality of existence with ever unraveling truth. She does not stutter nor hesitate. This whole collection wants to have a whole conversation with you, wants to see about you, wants to tell you about all the real things in the world. This book wants to sing to you, tell you all the stories..."

Texas Poet Laureate 2022-2023, Lupe Mendez