Luis Lopez-Maldonado

Poeta. Playwright. Dancer. Choreographer. Educator.

University of Notre Dame

Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing '17


University of California, Riverside

Bachelor of Arts, Creative Writing '12


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Published Poetry: PRINT

2011 - Present



"Far from obvious, these pieces brilliantly juxtapose dissonant contemporaneous events to create a sense of the present moment which is both disquieting and laden with sexual and mortal danger. A bravura performance."

— Harts & Minds


"Luis Lopez-Maldonado is a voice for the Latino and LGBTQ communities in his series of poems about the Orlando night club shooting. In his other poems, he addresses injustices about race, gender, sexuality, terrorism, and violence. In “Sparkle on the Face of Darkness,” he speaks through his Latino identity, “do not erase the 50 names with last names you cannot pronounce correctly.” He also speaks to the LGBTQ community “do not erase my queerness in silence…Tweeting and Facebooking.” He begs that the victims’ lives are not reduced to a mindless post on social media."

"Maldonado makes a traditional and sincere attempt to pay tribute to those lost in the shooting. He also expresses opposition to the impersonal use of Twitter or Facebook to honor victims of violence and terrorism. He finds words for pain and anger. His work serves as artistic advocacy for social change. Its impact resonates more than the Tweet or status update he mentions. Historically, poetry has served as a means of personal, entertaining, mass communication. Social media, in this way, can serve a similar purpose. Social media can be informative, but it is more commonly a distraction from tangible issues in our world. It’s a brief moment of outspoken honesty with distant consequences and little vulnerability. It desensitizes us to these issues. Whether from pen and paper or a Twitter handle, a writer has the ability to express a controversial, but not confrontational, opinion. Social media can achieve a widespread audience in no time at all, but poetry’s essential oral tradition and creativity are lost; it’s not easy to be a poet in 140 characters or less."  

— Shameless Pen



The Spoon Knife Anthology 

"Viva La Frida" "A Found Poem On Saturday" "Moving In Before School Starts"


Off Channel (National Finalist)

"El Dia De San Valentin" "How I Imagine Satanas (Satan)"



"At Your Funeral"


Off The Rocks, Vol. 19

"Jean-Michel Basquait"


Cloudbank, No. 5

"Driving Home From Irvine Valley College"


Matchbox Magazine, 6th Edition

"How I Imagine Satanas" "Sunday Catholic School"


Badlands, Vol. 3

"Mexican Bird"


Spillway, No. 16

"Death and Menudo"


The Packinghouse Review, Vol. 2 No. 4

"Just Loneliness"



"Happy Birthday"


As/Us, Issue 4

"Making you pretty again"


The American Poetry Review,  Sep/Oct 2011, Vol. 40 Issue 5

"Surviving in Santa Ana"


An Ekphrastic Event For Sharing The Muse, SBM Art

"Woman in Green, After Ed Paschke's Heddy


The Tin Lunchbox Review

"Letter to My Dead BFF, Sylvia" "White Man with Posters"


Pilgrimage, Volume 40, Issue 1 & 2

"ISIS Executes 15 Year-Old Boy Accused of Having Gay Sex"


Foglifter, Volume 2, Issue 1

"Bare-Docked and Beautiful" and "For Colored Boys Shot & Killed" 


Assaracus, Issue 24: A Journal Of Gay Poetry

"American Dream, American Me" 


Split Lip Magazine, Issue 1

"On Healing"


The Dandelion Review, Issue 2

"Write A Poem About TATTOO Without Using The Word Tattoo Or I"

"Woman Raped 43,200 Times Speaks About Mexico's Human Trafficking Rings"


"At The Dead Of Night I Speak"



Published Poetry: ONLINE/WEB

2011 - Present


(In no specific order!)!haptics-the-senses/co1d±-november-10-2016/



"Eye sing sad songs sung in colors unknown to the gringo."

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