The 2023 - 2025 Watsonville Youth Poet Laureates Are...
The Watsonville Poet Laureate Committee has announced the selection of Rachel Huerta and Eva Sophia Martinez Rodriguez as Watsonville’s first Youth Poet Laureates. We look forward to working with them to advance poetry and other literary arts in our community.
Eva Sophia Martinez Rodriguez
About Rachel Huerta
Rachel is an artist and storyteller with a passion for social justice. She has an extensive history of community service -- including being a worship leader in Santa Cruz, working with children, and volunteering years to online literary forums such as LibriVox Audiobooks and The Young Writer's Workshop. She's been musically trained for the past 13 years. When Rachel's not experimenting with wordcraft, she's onstage somewhere, playing piano, or befriending stray cats. Rachel is part of the Class of 2024. She plans to major in Creative Writing and become an author.
mixed by Rachel Huerta
i am mixed. the soil of strawberry fields and the blush of cherry blossoms run wild in my blood. i listen silently as my abuelos talk over bowls of pozole in a language that’s a whisper away from a song a language that i fight to understand. i trace a finger over the edges of my eyes eyes that taper at the very ends eyes that are ghosts of my harabeoji’s; we both trick the cameras when we smile. i am a vivid collage of the beauty that came before and yet my pecan skin and untidy curls are almost obtrusive in a community of caucasians. i am a brown girl with asian eyes. i will never fit solidly into white america but i’m always lingering on the outside of my cultures looking through a window at what i should be.
About Eva Sophia Martinez Rodriguez
My name is Eva Sophia Martinez Rodriguez and I was born and raised in Tijuana, Baja California. Up until I was seven years old I lived in Mexico and moved here to Watsonville, California at that age. I attended Alianza Charter School and I currently attend Aptos High School. Besides writing I enjoy playing sports, hanging out with my friends and family, listening to music and watching sunsets.
I always feel like I don’t belong anywhere Not at home I’m “too young” to be part of their conversations I’m not “old enough” to do what they do Not old enough to drink Go out without an adult Not old enough to be trusted and talked to like a person Instead I get treated like the baby The one that needs to be protected and never can go out because “she’s too young” Can’t drink Can’t drive Can’t think with her mind But it’s not my fault I’m “too young” Not at school though I’m “too old” there I don’t know the slang I don’t follow up on trends I’m old schooled And get seen as “too old” for someone to date I worry too much about what other people think and when counting down the days I’ll be the first to drive The first to be an adult It should feel nice When really it’s not The two places where I should feel like I belong Are the two places where I feel like I don’t
About the Watsonville Youth Poet Laureate Committee and Program
The Youth Poet Laureate Committee is comprised of Wayne Hayashibara, Chair, Dr. Victoria Bañales, Magadalena Montagne, and Robert "Bob" Gomez, Watsonville Poet Laureate.