Kim Noriega


Creative nonfiction writer


praise for Name Me

“These are brave poems that tell us the stories that live underneath the surface of our lives. They show us the vulnerability in a young girl’s world: ‘What does anyone know of the open palm/ her small world rests upon?’; the danger in that world: ‘Your hand at the small of my back/ your teeth at my throat’; how it is shattered: ‘he moves his fingers/ to your throat/…whispers:/ If I squeeze a little harder’; and how it is healed: ‘It was you, beloved,/ who taught the trees/ my name.’  These are poems that matter.” —Ellen Bass