Hood Educated

Poetry - Inspirational
119 Pages
Reviewed on 03/16/2019
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Author Biography

Roxana Preciado is an indie author and artist recognized for her work as a poet and activist. Born in Jalisco, Mexico, she immigrated to the US at 4-years-old and has been writing poetry since the age of twelve. Not a Fairytale is Preciado’s first book which recounts her life through poetry. Taken from her childhood journals from 1998-2016, Not a Fairytale recounts the harsh realities of overcoming family tragedy, homelessness, her undocumented status, and learning what life is like without an anchor to parent or country.
Not a Writer, Preciado’s second book, explores such topics as depression, suicide, sexuality, and immigration. Hood Educated is Preciado’s third book, discussing such topics as immigration, social class, higher education, and mental health issues surrounding her life experiences as a person of color. It is an exploration of Preciado’s journey of evolution and healing as she begins the next chapter in her life, and the very difficult process of joining the many disparate parts of her past self into a unified whole.
Preciado uses poetry and her story to support community engagement and activism around DACA and, as a survivor, to raise awareness about violence against women. She often speaks to Latinx and LGBTQ+ youth to help them find their voice and tell their stories. Preciado is completing her graduate degree while continuing her advocacy work for her various communities. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California with her wife and son.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite

Hood Educated is Roxana Preciado’s honest and passionate poetry collection that reveals her struggles, pain, courage and healing process. It is a collection about loneliness, brokenness, hopelessness yet defying all odds to become much more than you thought was possible. The collection is powerful and emotive. It recounts the poet’s journey as an immigrant and survivor of sexual and emotional abuse. In The Irony of an Immigrant, Preciado opens up about being homeless as she spared no effort to further her education and attain her degree, despite having no place to live and no food to eat. In Mama, Mama, Preciado reveals her struggle to feel loved by her mother as a child. The poem explores their estranged relationship and the pain that arose as she sought her mother’s validation.

I was drawn to the collection because of Roxana Preciado’s candidness about all the painful struggles she has gone through from childhood to her teenage and adult years. Her openness about her abuse experiences will resonate with many readers who have been through similar circumstances and these will also serve as an inspiration of bravery. Roxana Preciado’s achievements show that it is possible to move forward from heart-breaking events and memories. The language used in the collection is direct, such as in the poem Negative Self-Talk (The Artist) where the poet states, “They hate me, Negative thoughts in my head.” This amplifies the impact of the words and effectively drives the messages in the collection. Hood Educated by Roxana Preciado is impactful and inspiring in many ways.