Selected by Ross Gay as winner of the inaugural Jake Adam York Prize, Analicia Sotelo's debut collection of poems is a vivid portrait of the artist as a young woman.

In Virgin, Sotelo walks the line between autobiography and mythmaking, offering up identities like dishes at a feast. These poems devour and complicate tropes of femininity--of naivete, of careless abandon--before sharply exploring the intelligence and fortitude of women, how "far & wide, / how dark & deep / this frigid female mind can go." At every step, Sotelo's poems seduce with history, folklore, and sensory detail--grilled meat, golden habaneros, and burnt sugar--before delivering clear-eyed and eviscerating insights into power, deceit, relationships, and ourselves.

Blistering and gorgeous, Virgin is an audacious act of imaginative self-mythology from one of our most promising young poets.

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  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I was hooked from the first poem, "Do You Speak Virgin?" from this impressive debut collection by Analicia Sotelo. My favorites included: "Ariadne's Guide to Getting a Man" "My Mother & the Parable of...

  • Patrick Frownfelter

    Excellent work. Definitely on track to be one of the poetry giants of our generation....

  • Brittany

    Read this exceptional collection. I couldn't put it down. A beautiful and gritty portrayal of life and love as a Latinx 20/30-something from San Antonio. ...

  • Melody

    I’m withholding a rating until I see a finished copy to see the actual shape of the poems since I read a digital advanced read and the formatting can differ. Still, this is a collection I will recom...