The Last Town Before the Mojave by Nathan Xavier Osorio

Edition: 500 copies of the winning books were printed by the Prolific Group and designed by Gabriele Wilson, with covers by Jessica Nielsen.


In Nathan Xavier Osorio’s remarkable chapbook, the dizzying ghosts of the heated pavement and the endless cars backed up on the I-5 and the I-405 blur by, baked in the heat of the Southern California sun. We are constantly reminded of our commodity culture and the morass of accumulations—the stacks and stacks of canned goods at the grocery store and the burden of those who are the unseen and unacknowledged caretakers of the privileged quotidian.

—Oliver de la Paz

Nathan Xavier Osorio

Nathan Xavier Osorio is the son of a Mexican grocer and Nicaraguan nurse. His poetry and translations have appeared in BOMB, The Offing, The Grief Diaries, Boston Review's Poems for Political Disaster, and elsewhere. His reviews and interviews have appeared in Columbia Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Letras Latinas’ La Bloga. He holds an MFA in poetry from Columbia University and is currently a PhD student in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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