Jennifer Givhan
Jennifer Givhan Jennifer Givhan is a Mexican-American poet from the Southwestern desert. She is the author of Landscape with Headless Mama (2015 Pleiades Editors’ Prize), Protection Spell (2016 Miller Williams Series, University of Arkansas Press), and Girl with Death Mask (2017 Blue Light Books Prize, Indiana Review / Indiana University Press). Her honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, a PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellowship, The Frost Place Latin@ Scholarship, The 2015 Lascaux Review Poetry Prize, The Pinch Poetry Prize, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best of the Net, Best New Poets, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, AGNI, Ploughshares, POETRY, TriQuarterly, Boston Review, Crazyhorse, Blackbird, and The Kenyon Review.

La Bee Goes Bar Crashing

Imagining the restaurant she and Gabe would open in the Imperial Valley, Bianca stood in his mother’s kitchen chopping with quick, deliberate strokes: avocado, cucumbers, cilantro, and cubes of Monterey Jack cheese in place of expensive abalone. Esme waved her chopping knife as she shared the latest chisme—which Valley women were cheating...


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