Erika L. Sánchez, 27, of Chicago, reads her poem, “Crossing,” about her parents who entered the United States in the trunk of a Cadillac in 1979. She also talks about what it means to be a hard working poet, and how her definition of success differs from that of her parents. You can also hear Sánchez read her poem, “The Loop,” here. You can also read her blog posts at News Taco, where she goes by Oh Hells Nah — also her Twitter handle. (1.31.2012. Interviewed by Jeff Severns Guntzel)

Special thanks to Martin Dosh for letting us use his song, “A Ghost’s Business,” from the album The Lost Take.

When Erika L. Sánchez, 27, of Chicago told me she was a poet (I didn’t know this when we started our conversation), I asked her to read me some of her poems. She read me three, and I’ll get to all of them — and our conversation — in good time.

This one is for today. It’s a poem called “The Loop.” Have you ever worked an office job you do not love, and felt a little bit like you’re dying inside? That’s where Erika is at. The culture of work is a big piece of this puzzle we’re calling “the American now,” and it’s a big part of many of the conversations I’ve been having. There are many ways to talk about it. This poem is one. You can read along here. You can read more from Sanchez here. (1.26.2012. Interview by Jeff Severns Guntzel)

Special thanks to David Pajo for letting us use his song, “Arundel,” from the Album, Live from a Shark Cage.

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