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Teeth Never Sleep
Winner of the 2018 CantoMundo Poetry Prize
Published by University of Arkansas Press
Winner of a 2019 American Book Award
from the Before Columbus Foundation
Finalist for the 2019 Open Book Award
from PEN America
Finalist for the 2020 Kate Tuft Discovery
Award from Claremont Graduate University




Báez, Diego. “Teeth Never Sleep.” Booklist Online, Sept. 2018.
Montes, Amelia. "Teeth Never Sleep: Interview with Poet, Ángel García." La Bloga, Sept. 2018
Hutchinson, J Bailey. "Teeth Never Sleep." The Arkansas International, Dec. 2018
Amen, Lindsey. "García nominated for national poetry honor." Nebraska Today, Feb. 2019
Gomez, Rodney. "Teeth Never Sleep." Latino Book Review, Mar. 2019
Broderick, Sabrina. "Ángel García to speak about masculinity, toxicity in gender expectations."
The Daily Nebraskan, Apr. 2019
Idachaba, Faith. "Men@Nebraska conference provides space for modern masculinity discussion."
The Daily Nebraskan, Apr. 2019
Hopkins, Christopher. “Tour Grind: Ángel García.” Fear No Lit, 15 May 2019
Yamamura, Jean, et al. “April Is National Poetry Month.” The Santa Barbara Independent, 30 July
Pérez, Emily. “REVIEWS - RHINO -.” RHINO, RHINO, 4 July 2019
Schmid, Katie. “Book Review: Teeth Never Sleep, by Ángel García.” ConnotationPress.com, July 2019
Gonzalez, Jose B. “2019 Top Ten ‘New’ Latino Authors to Watch (and Read).” Top Ten New Latino and
Latina Authors.
Biga, Leo Adam. “Award-Winning Omaha Lit Fest Author Angel Garcia Explores Toxic Masculinity
in His Book of Poems.” El Perico, 12 Sept. 2019
Chambers, Erin. “García Wins American Book Award for Debut Poetry Collection.” García Wins
American Book Award for Debut Poetry Collection | Department of English | Nebraska, Sept. 2019
Joffre, Ruth. “Inviting Invention: A Craft Roundtable with Chen Chen, Ángel García, and Bayo
Ojikutu " Kenyon Review Blog.” The Kenyon Review, 24 Sept. 2019
Rocha, Iliana. “‘The Four Corners, the Edges, and Various Colors’: An Interview with Ángel García: by
Iliana Rocha.” Waxwing Literary Journal: American Writers & International Voices., Nov. 2019
Brown, Rick. “UNL's Angel Garcia at Frank Museum's Front Porch Poetry Series Tuesday.” Kearney
Hub, 16 Nov. 2019



In front of wood-warped shack in Patagonia stands a mule.

In its eye you see something wet, stooped beneath the rain

— the saddest creature you’ll ever see. Say it’s not the mule,

but your mother standing there, suitcase in hand, waiting by

the train tracks that long ago corroded. Here, the ocean cares

little what you do with your life, and the skies, purple plumed

in white, are indifferent, always cold. Tell her what you know.

This land will never be good to her. Remind her how once

she ripped open a pomegranate and piled seed after seed into

your palm until you forgot your hunger. That was years ago.

Tell yourself what you know. Tomorrow will be the best day

for your departure to a city across the world. The rains will

soon stop. Finally, the soil will be soft enough to embrace her.



Ángel García, the proud son of Mexican immigrants, is the author of Teeth Never Sleep, winner of a 2018 CantoMundo Poetry Prize published by the University of Arkansas Press, winner of a 2019 American Book Award, finalist for a 2019 PEN America Open Book Award, and finalist for a 2020 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His work has been published in the American Poetry Review, McSweeney's, Crab Orchard Review, RHINO, Connotation Press, Tinderbox, Huizache, Miramar, Waxwing, The Acentos Review, The Packinghouse Review, and The Good Men Project among others. He has also received fellowships from CantoMundo, Community of Writers-Squaw Valley and Vermont Studio Center.


Currently, Ángel is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned a PhD from the University of Nebraksa, Lincoln, an M.F.A. from the University of California-Riverside, a B.A. from the University of Redlands, and an A.A. in Creative Writing from Long Beach City College. In addition to his creative and academic work, Ángel is also the cofounder of the non-profit organization, Gente Organizada, that works to educate, empower, and engage communities through grassroots organizing. He lives in Champaign, Illinois and is working on his second collection of poems.



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