Hey, a couple of news: I won't be posting updates on this blog anymore. Instead, I will be posting them in newsletter form, so they can reach y'all much easier and you don't have to keep coming over here to read some dribble. You'll get your dribble delivered to your inbox instead. 🙂 Meanwhile, the … Continue reading Meanwhile, the newsletter
While measures continue to control the spread of COVID-19, Find the Right Words has continued its majestic labour of sharing poetry love in Leicester (and now beyond!) as a poetry podcast. I coheadlined the September issue with Emily Harrison (I can't sleep 'cause my bed's on fire). It all feels very homecoming.
CW: confidence issues, mental health, the world. Last week, I was talking on the phone with my DSA mental health mentor. She was asking me how I was doing with my dissertation proposal, and I told her in honesty that I hadn’t had the opportunity to work on it in the past couple of weeks: … Continue reading Shameful (non) self-promotion
Content warning for mostly simulated violence and alcohol use. Mural at Sinners Passage. The other day, I woke up and hopped on my motorcycle to go to a nightclub called Tony’s Fun House. The Bosnian DJ Solomun was playing a flawless set, closing with a core-shattering remix of Leonard Cohen’s swan song “You Want it … Continue reading Summertime Radness: Los Santos
Oli Page from Eye on Leicester sent me a few questions about being an artist living and loving in Leicester. This adoptive hometown of mine is more than disease and despair. It is art, innovation, hope and community, and I'm very proud of it. Snippet: "Cynthia Rodríguez. "I love writing and performing because it’s the … Continue reading INTERVIEW for Eye on Leicester
(featured image: Unsplash) Image: Cynthia smiling and staring into the camera, doing the peace sign. T-shirt from Weirdo Zine Fest, nails from Elegant Touch, scarf from Primark, fingerless gloves knitted by herself. The lovely folks from Leicester LGBT Centre invited me to judge their latest poetry contest for members of their social youth groups First … Continue reading Leics LGBT Centre Youth poetry contest winners
My debut poetry collection, Meanwhile, will be officially released on the 8th of October sidiosquiere. It will be available for presale on my shop quite soon (with some more related swag?) and on Burning Eye Books website once it's out.
My city is on the news as 866 new COVID-19 infections were confirmed in the first two weeks of June. That's one quarter of Leicester's total since the beginning of lockdown. There were initially rumours about returning Leicester to lockdown, but now the proposal is to continue the current level of restriction (which is very … Continue reading Leicester on lock
(featured image source: Nappy.co) Note: as a non-black person of colour, it's not up to me to decide what will and won't lead to black liberation. It is not up to me to call myself an ally either, since calling yourself an ally is a performative sign. The final decision lies on the people. This … Continue reading Performative allyship won’t lead to black liberation
Next week, Bentfest will host a series of talks on their Instagram Live if you want to tune in. The queer punk London festival will host a few of us at 6pm BST: Images: Bentfest. Monday, 18th May, Kirsty Fife zine reading and discussion of class, DIY politics, academia and more. Tuesday, 19th May, Sop … Continue reading Bentfest talks