Bareback Nightfall

Joshua Escobar

Joshua Escobar is the author of the chapbooks Caljforkya Voltage and xxox fm. He was a 2019 Shandaken: Storm King Fellow, the Dean’s Fellow in Writing at the MFA Program at Bard College, and a Merit Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is a Regional Chair (California) for CantoMundo, and an Assistant Professor of Composition and Literature at Santa Barbara City College.

Joshua Escobar’s Bareback Nightfall is a daring collection that works as a performance art piece acted out on the page for the reader. These poems, set in alternating coasts, written in different voices and across strained dialogue, follow the relationship between DJ Ashtrae and Doctor Electronic. Two larger than life figures that live in the world of cognates and false cognates, a world in code-switch. In the tradition of Rodrigo Toscano’s Collapsible Theatre Poetics, Escobar further captures the schizophrenic nature of existing in the liminal space where anything is acceptable from extreme ecstasy to abuses of power. Here is one of our most vital new voices in Latinx Avant-Garde literature.

Natalie Scenters-Zapico

author of Lima :: Limón and The Verging Cities

Joshua Escobar takes a post-modern jackhammer to deconstruct concrete poetry while injecting his brilliant assertions/allusions that bring explicit ideas to creative/intellectual/visceral critical mass. Bareback Nightfall is a blast to be experienced while reading face forward at 21st Century ground zero.

Harry Gamboa Jr.

Poetry’s new pathbreaker has arrived! The innovations of Joshua Escobar surge forward in form and intellect while his celebratory queerness subverts the tedium of monotheistic dictates. These poems stay close long after reading, a book that deserves a cult following!

CAConrad

author of While Standing in Line for Death

$18 Paperback | Publication Date forthcoming Spring 2020
ISBN978-1-934819-89-0