Hollywood Starlet on Instagram

“This poetry pamphlet/chapbook is totally eyeing up my jewellery! ‘Hollywood starlet’ by ivy alvarez. It’s really good! A short series of poems around 1950s female movie icons. I’m so jealous of this pamphlet/chapbook! Striking cover design too.” —eurotrashfreak

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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


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.