Visual Review: Gabrielle Bates on Diannely Antigua’s Ugly Music

Ugly Music by Diannely Antigua

Portland, OR: YesYes Press, 2019. 99 Pages. $15.00

Diannely Antigua is a Dominican American poet and educator, born and raised in Massachusetts. Her debut collection Ugly Music (YesYes Books, 2019) was the winner of the Pamet River Prize. A graduate of the MFA program at NYU, she was awarded a Global Research Initiative Fellowship to Florence, Italy. She is the recipient of additional fellowships from CantoMundo, Community of Writers, and the Fine Arts Work Center Summer Program. Her poems can be found in Washington Square ReviewBennington ReviewThe Adroit JournalCosmonauts AvenueSixth Finch, and elsewhere. Her heart is in Brooklyn.

Gabrielle Bates is a writer and visual artist from Birmingham, Alabama, currently living in Seattle, where she works for Open Books: A Poem Emporium and cohosts the podcast The Poet Salon. The recipient of support from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and Artist Trust, her poems and poetry comics have appeared in the New YorkerPoetry MagazineNew England ReviewVirginia Quarterly Review, and the Best of the Net anthology, among other venues. Connect with her at or on Twitter (@GabrielleBates).

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