Leslie Contreras Schwartz

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LESLIE CONTRERAS SCHWARTZ is a Mexican-American writer of Maya descent, and a third-generation Houstonian. Her first collection of poetry, Fuego, was published by St. Julian Press in March 2016. She writes poetry, essays, and fiction about the lives of women and girls, particularly as survivors of bodily and psychic trauma. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Te Collagist, Hermeneutic Chaos, Tinderbox Literary Journal, Houston Chronicle, and more.

She lives in Houston with her husband and three children.


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When a Mystery Illness Strikes

This is what I have learned from the past months of pain: We are made of equal parts death and life.