Jennifer MacBain-Stephens reviews Hollywood Starlet

The poem goes from recognizing Hepburn as the quick-witted “girl Friday,” the friend, not the lover, and ends in heartbreak; we feel her plain yearning at the end. Alvarez brings out the “Kathy” (vs Katherine)  in us, in the wanting what we never seem to get, even though we already seemingly have it all.
—Jennifer MacBain-Stephens

Read the rest of the review, Flee to Fame: Leave the Chewed up Pieces at Home


Reading at Ye Olde Murenger

“Ivy Alvarez is here on a visit from New Zealand where she now lives, so this is a good chance to see and hear her and Natasha, who is a rising star on the Welsh poetry scene.”

Read more at the Cwtsh.

Two poems and interview on Jacket2

There are identifiers aside from Asian and Filipino that one could use to describe me — Australian, European, even Aucklander. I can only point to my writing as a way to answer the question of self-definition, since I am one who is only ever comfortable calling herself a writer.

Read the rest of the article, CODA #2: The future of Aotearoa New Zealand poetry? on Jacket2, as well as two poems from The Everyday English Dictionary.


World Literature Today and Alvarez-Cortiz collaboration

Five fresh comic book recommendations from around the world.

This ambitious anthology, funded in part by the Arts Council of England, opens with an editorial discussion of the different ways that comics and poetry can intersect. The remainder of the volume offers up tangible examples of that intersection with strong points arising from individual cartoonists as well as collaborative efforts (e.g. “Breakable,” by Ivy Alvarez and Cristian Ortiz).
World Literature Today

Read the rest of the article, Nota Benes: Comics