Paul David Adkins: Author of La Doña, La Llorona


“These poems in La Llorona’s changeable voice span vast emotional terrain surefootedly as the speaker is cruel and taunting, unsettlingly flirtatious, damaged and longing.” – Rachel Contreni Flynn, author of Tongue

“Brave, ambitious, and dynamic. Richly grounded in place and time, a talent that Adkins accomplishes while leaving his speaker to wander from one era to another.” – Autumn Spriggs, Editor-in-Chief, The Fem Lit Mag.

La Llorona herself has gripped Paul David Adkins with her icy fingers and whispered these tales, these dark secrets of death, in his ears. Bend close to these midnight visions and admire the way he’s become her most lyric, most cunning, and most effective ethnographer and lover to date. – Sarah Cortez, poet and councilor, Texas Institute of Letters, author of Cold Blue Steel

la-dona-la-llorona-paul-david-adkinsLa Doña, La Llorona

Available May 2016

Paul David Adkins: Poet & Author
Hardback ISBN: 978-0-9970893-5-6
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9970893-6-3
eBook ISBN: 978-0-9970893-7-0
Available: Amazon (more retailers coming soon)
Lit Riot Press Imprint: Poetry




La Doña, La Llorona is a poetry book about alienation and inclusion. With imperviousness and ferocity, this famous Mexican ghost crisscrosses the northern border and makes both nations her own. The stories highlight her pride, beauty, and vanity. In La Doña, La Llorona, the ghost is a woman with a past, a story common to American mythology. She is Mexican, American, a woman unafraid, the most terrifying of specters. In a nation where immigrants face deportation, even death, La Doña, La Llorona is a resounding voice of victory. The ultimate American, she crushes those who bind her. Undefeated. Indefatigable. A fire on the prairie. Rolling in, the blood of the tide. Early release available on Amazon. More retailers coming soon.

About Paul David Adkins

Paul David Adkins is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He attended Mercer University, earning a BA, and, later, Washington University, receiving an MFA. Adkins then joined the US Army in 1991, serving for over 21 years. He toured Afghanistan once and  Iraq three times. Upon returning from Afghanistan, Adkins wrote to process his war-time experiences. He enlisted the help of poet Kelli Agodon, allowing him to better share his war-related work. Chapbooks include Stick Up (Blood Pudding Press), The Great Crochet Question (Kind of a Hurricane Press), and The Upside Down House (Yellow Jacket Press). He works as a counselor and instructor within the SUNY University system and has taught in a state penitentiary. Adkins lives with his wife Melanie and children Lily and Malachi in New York.