Claudia writes like an ole school poet/all open heart and rigor. Her work celebrates big ole butches and the sexy ladies they love. It documents the times. History. Dreams. Claudia and I are from different generations of the same Black-Brown streets of Los Angeles. I feel her poems deeply-they be like Ocean waves/rising in tribute to those who learned to thrive in the concrete. Claudia’s poems make me raise my fist high in solidarity. I recommend this book/with pride.
Sharon Bridgforth, RedBone Press Author of the Lambda
Literary Award Winning the bull-jean stories
Welcome to LA
Well, “My Compton Night”
Welcome to the sleepless shuffle of mami-champs
Meanwhile there is a bastard poet who is “American Dreaming”
Claudia Rodriguez welcomes you to her literary debut
a butch “quinceañera”
Everyone is invited: working ‘ama’s & absent dads
gang-boys & ghettobirds
OG’s & fine-ass asses
This is Everybody’s Bread
Ricardo A. Bracho, Playwright
This gender fluid poet doesn’t hold back about the fear and glory of life in Compton, her amá, the haves and the have-nots, love lost and an ode to a derrière. You’re not going to find sugar and spice and everything nice—in these unafraid poems. Brace yourself for a funky fresh new voice raging in English and Spanish unapologetically. Everybody’s Bread is bad ass with heart, soul and punch. So shut up and read this book.
Monica Palacios, Writer/Performer, International Hip Chick
Whether your poetic discoveries lie ‘in between the flesh,’ like Rodriguez says, or they cry out for live performance that delves into a catholic demand to pay homage to her community, these verses tell us about romance and class in ballads that describe ‘the life’ in her hood. Gritty, like a ‘tough tatted Daddy,’ Rodriguez uses all the languages of her Chicana life to take you down into her world.
Jeanne Córdova, author When We Were Outlaws
In Everybody’s Bread, Rodriguez lays bare the internal structures and personas that get created to deal with life peppered with loss and the reality of growing up broke and brown in racist, polluted America, finding redemption in dirty sex, hard love, and the confessional power of poetry itself.
Michelle Tea, author of Valencia and Rent Girl
Rodriguez’s Everybody’s Bread makes the colloquial lyrical, and transforms the ugly thoughts of lives hardened by the everyday violence, large and small, of L.A. and Compton, into something radiant with truth, guts and beauty.
Karen Tongson, author of Relocations: Queer Suburban
Claudia Rodriguez is our poetic “O.G: Original Genius.” It’s not everyday a Chicana butch poet/artist/activist comes out of Compton, California. In her debut book, Everybody’s Bread, Rodriguez serves originality, remedios, reality checks, demons, baseball, and sensuous, delicious bites. To our queer and non-queer communities, this collection is a long-awaited gift of jota life, luz, love, lust, and lusciousness. We learn about a struggling Mexicana/Chicana family where a single mom works endlessly (like a nameless Champ) to provide for her children, about the Baptist church that lulls a young queer to sleep, and about the overall poet’s and community’s determination and struggle in a racist, challenging world. All this is combined with delectable jota fucking and loving where as readers we salivate and cheer the poet on in her overall empowerment and survival.
Dr. Rita E. Urquijo-Ruiz, Associate Professor of Spanish
Modern Languages and Literature, Trinity University