Lit Riot Press Interview Series: Paul David Adkins, author of La Doña, La Llorona – Part One

La Doña, La Llorona by Paul David Adkins is a brilliant poetry book about alienation and inclusion. Paul has an extraordinary capacity to present brave and ambitious poetry. His chapbooks include Stick Up, The Great Crochet Question, and The Upside Down House. In celebration of Paul’s latest release, La Doña, La Llorona, Lit Riot Press interviewed Paul as part of a new Lit Riot Press interview series featuring authors and their books.

Join Lit Riot Press and Paul David Adkins in Part One, a discussion about writing as a part of daily life, influential authors and books, and upcoming book projects in 2016. Stay tuned for Part Two. A focused discussion on Paul’s latest book, La Doña, La Llorona, now available on AmazonBarnes & NobleWaterstones (UK/Europe) and through IndieBound.

LRP Interviews: Paul David Adkins – “Starting New Projects”

LRP Interviews: Paul David Adkins – “On Writing, Commitment, Learning and Process”

LRP Interviews: Paul David Adkins – “Influential Authors and Books”

LRP Interviews: Paul David Adkins – “Writing as a Part of Daily Life”

Book Description

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. Paperback and eBook available on Amazon. More retailers coming soon in June.

La Doña, La Llorona, by Paul David Adkins

Available Now

Poet & Author: Paul David Adkins
Hardback ISBN: 978-0-9970893-5-6
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9970893-6-3
eBook ISBN: 978-0-9970893-7-0
Paperback & Hardcover: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Waterstones | IndieBound
eBook: Amazon
Lit Riot Press Imprint: Poetry



“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

In Paul David Adkins La Doña, La Llorona, the history of the past and the strangeness of the present are melded to create a brand new narrative of grieving ghost mothers caught between love and maliciousness. Vernacular and literary dialects merge to create a text bizarrely lively and vibrant despite its talk of the dead. Striking images abound throughout the book. —Lisa M. Cole, Author of Dreams of the Living

By turns wry and desolate, elegiac and prophetic, this collection casts a voice that rings with fresh terror and enduring grief. These poems will haunt you with their mythic heft, will take your fears and drag them, like children, toward the river. —Sally Rosen Kindred, Author of Book of Asters