Mikeas Sánchez


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Mikeas Sánchez was born in Chiapas, Mexico in 1980. She writes in her native language, Zoque, spoken by about seventy thousand indigenous Mexicans in the southern state of Chiapas. In addition to her work as a poet, she is a translator and director of the Indigenous radio program XECOPA. She earned a master’s in education at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She has published two books of poetry, produced several bilingual albums, and contributed to many anthologies of Indigenous poetry.


  • My grandmother never learned Spanishwas afraid of forgetting her godswas afraid of waking up in the morningwithout the prodigals of her offspring in her memory.

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