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Daily Inspiration: Meet Rosie a.k.a Tauri Alonso

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rosie a.k.a Tauri Alonso.

Hi Rosie a.k.a Tauri, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I go by Tauri, and I started writing poetry as a kid when my parents would tell me stories of their lives and childhood during our car rides to the swapmeet where they would sell music tapes and Cds every weekend. Writing was my art form, and I decided to pursue an MFA in poetry. Around 2019 I became a part of the Los Angeles Poet Society with my friend, Jessica Wilson Cardenas, who trusted in my talents of becoming a chief editor. From there, Acid Verse Literary Journal was born.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Luckily, I met Jessica during a reading when I was still at CSUSB completing my BA. She signed my book and told me to keep in touch. From that day a friendship bloomed and we started doing events together. The literary community in LA has always welcomed me and I’ve felt so grateful from the beginning. I lived in the Inland Empire for most of my life, but there isn’t much of a poetry scene out there unless you count Pomona and maybe Redlands. We had the best support in the CSUSB MFA program and my favorite readings were at the university library.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about Acid Verse Literary Journal?
I am the editor-in-chief of Acid Verse Literary Journal founded and published by the Los Angeles Poet Society and Los Angeles Poetry Society Press.

I created Acid Verse Queer Uprising Volume 1 during the beginning of the 2020 pandemic, which centered space for queer BIPOC during a time of collective isolation. In 2022 I launched Acid Verse The Earth Beneath Our Feet Volume 2 during what seemed more and more like a dystopian world; however, this journal issue celebrates a world where we can still find beauty.

My view as an editor is to always put queer BIPOC first and foremost because we have always been the most forgotten or gone without recognition. I feel other art journals and spaces say that they hold this same value, but when it comes to action, I don’t see it. For me, it’s always been collaboration instead of competition, and I feel this is why folks feel valued in submitting their work to Acid Verse, and I’m so proud about that.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up I was a shy kid around most people, but with my closest friends and cousins, I was a clown, always playing jokes and pranks on them. It’s actually how I still am as an adult presently. I was a kid that would be on her skateboard, playing kickball, and eating Hot Cheetos all day while reading books once I got home. The scholastic bookfair was my favorite day at school because I would get books and those light-up Yo-Yos. I remember asking all my uncles and aunts for money days in advance and I’d save it all for that bookfair.

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