Roberto C. Garcia

Occupation Poetá

Books by Roberto C. Garcia
  • by Paul D. Brazill, Luca Veste, Chad Rohrbacher, Benoit Leliev...
    Lost Children Books, 2011.

  • by Roberto Carlos Garcia
    Cervena Barva Press, 2013.
  • About Me

    I am primarily a poet but am often inspired to write short fiction also.

    I believe we desperately need a literary scene for TODAY. Free of socioeconomic exclusions, free of gender, ethnic or racial labeling, and free of over academia. There is such a thing as too much of a thing and there is too much academic influence in poetry and literature today.

    There are a lot more people in the world now than there were before, (duh) so there will be more writers. We can't dismiss writers as being too many. What we need is to get Americans reading again. And the reason Americans aren't reading is not due to a lack of good poetry or literature it's due to a lack of protest. We don't protest anything, not TV, not Internet, not bad politics, legislation, not anything. Protest spurs a thirst for knowledge and arts, literature.

    My work has appeared in Connotation Press- An Online Artifact, Wilderness House Literary Review, Poets & Artists Magazine, Metazen, Atticus Review, and others. My fiction is included in the anthology "The Lost Children", a book of 30 short stories to benefit children's charities PROTECT and Children 1st U.K.

    My chapbook, "Amores Gitanos (gypsy loves)" is available through Cervena Barva Press /

    A native New Yorker, I now live and work in New Jersey where he i'm pursuing an MFA in Poetry and Poetry Translation at Drew University. You can follow me on Twitter at @thespokenmind. My website is

    Why do you write?

    Life. Living life makes me write. Everything life provides is a story. Life is the best literature. And no, don't ask me to be more specific. Think about the words.

    Any favorite authors? Books?

    Hemingway, Junot Diaz, Mark Strand, Willie Perdomo, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Beats (all of them), Neruda, Che Guevara, Jose Marti, Martin Espada, Taylor Mali, Carlo Boticchelli and it's really a much longer list.

    Roberto C. Garcia's Wall

    Nonnie Augustine – Oct 05, 2013

    Thank you for reading and commenting on "Reprisal," Roberto. I'm going to read something of yours right now!

    sf ew – Jan 31, 2013

    Thanks for the message! How is your new position going?

    J.A. Pak – Nov 10, 2012

    Sequel! *putting hands over ears and running away* Thanks for commenting & faving "Yin and the Yang".

    John Riley – Sep 14, 2012

    Roberto, I appreciate the comment and the fav on "Honor Grade." I'm glad you liked it.

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – Sep 14, 2012

    Hi Roberto, thanks so much for reading and praising my latest.

    Gessy Alvarez – Sep 11, 2012

    Thanks, Roberto for reading "With a Hint of God." I've been working on my longer stories so I've been posting less on Fictionaut. This one I wrote as a palate cleanser. Don't know if it's anything yet but we'll see.

    Bobbi Lurie – Aug 03, 2012

    Thank you, Roberto, for commenting on "Milkshake & Fries" & for your kindness-always.

    Gessy Alvarez – Jul 20, 2012

    Hey, I meant " Hi, Roberto" Got to keep it real. :)

    Gessy Alvarez – Jul 20, 2012

    Hi, Robert!
    Thanks for faving "Lover." Glad you enjoyed it.

    Michelle Ovalle – Jun 03, 2012

    Thanks so much for the warm welcome, Berto!

    J.A. Pak – Apr 03, 2012

    Thanks so much for commenting on "Mixtape", Roberto. I replied on the page but don't know if people check back for replies. I wrote: Some of my earliest memories are of listening to my mother gossiping with friends and family. Conversations have always riveted me.

    Sally Reno – Feb 19, 2012

    "And the reason Americans aren't reading is not due to a lack of good poetry or literature it's due to a lack of protest."


    Sally Reno – Feb 19, 2012

    "And the reason Americans aren't reading is not due to a lack of good poetry or literature it's due to a lack of protest."

    Bravo! And the response of libraries, bookstores, academia is to dumb it all down another couple of notches. They seem to believe that if they could just make it all bland, frivolous and false enough for we the morons to grasp...sigh.

    Bill Yarrow – Feb 17, 2012

    Thanks, Roberto, for faving "Rattlesnake Pancakes." Glad you liked the poem!

    Dolemite – Feb 17, 2012

    Thanks, Roberto. Thanks.


    Jules Archer – Feb 11, 2012

    Thanks for the read on Parking Garage, Roberto. Glad to see you around here!

    Gessy Alvarez – Feb 11, 2012

    Thanks for faving "Never Enough" fellow Bukowski-ite.

    Sally Houtman – Feb 07, 2012

    Roberto, I appreciate your kind comment on "Immiscibility." So glad you took the time to read and enjoy. Means a lot.

    Rachel J. Fenton – Jan 18, 2012

    Cheers very much, Roberto, for your enthusiasm for "Garden of Earthly Delights" - especially so as I see you dislike academic influence - does art referencing count as "academia"? I like to think not, being a working class lass myself.

    Bill Yarrow – Jan 12, 2012

    Thanks for faving "She Waited for Him," Roberto! Appreciate it!

    J. Mykell Collinz – Dec 31, 2011

    Hi, Roberto. Thanks for reading, 'Pitspits.' I greatly appreciate your comment and *.

    Gessy Alvarez – Dec 31, 2011

    Thanks, Roberto...the novel will be finished by the end of next year or so I keep telling myself...

    Sylvia Petter – Dec 30, 2011

    Thanks so much for reading The Burka, and for your good words.

    Bobbi Lurie – Dec 06, 2011

    Dear Roberto,
    I very much appreciate your comments on "Soliloquoy on Ma"--they mean a lot to me. Thank you.

    Jules Archer – Dec 01, 2011

    Hi Roberto - thanks for the comment and fave on "Cloudy..." Maybe the two of you will meet up one day...

    Maren Sandt – Nov 18, 2011

    Thank you for your comment on "I, said, he, I." and for making it one of your favorites.

    Kathy Fish – Nov 17, 2011

    Hi Roberto, thanks so much for reading and faving "Baby, Baby.." I really appreciate it!

    Bill Yarrow – Nov 17, 2011

    Glad you like "Fish Boil." Thanks for commenting. Check one out one day--I'm sure it will inspire a poem or two in you!

    Tim G. Young – Nov 11, 2011

    Yeah. Mamouns was my very first falafel. You never forget your first.

    Tim G. Young – Nov 10, 2011

    Hi. Loved the four Haiku. Just drifted down to MacDougal street the other night and scored a falafel but with a Coke.

    Marcus Speh – Nov 05, 2011

    thanks for the comment/fave on the dictator piece, roberto, i appreciate it greatly.

    Mary Lane – Oct 13, 2011

    Hi Roberto. Thank you so much for reading my Measure and liking it. It is nice to meet you and I look forward to seeing your work. Best, HM

    Jack Swenson – Oct 06, 2011

    Roberto, Great comment about "Hot Dish." Thank you!

    Thomas Pluck – Oct 05, 2011

    Roberto, I am trying to contact you regarding your story for the Lost Children challenge. Please contact me on facebook at or via the contact form on my blog at
    Thank you!

    J. Mykell Collinz – Sep 12, 2011

    Hi, Roberto. Thanks for reading 'A Life of My Own.' I greatly appreciate your insightful comment.

    Jane Hammons – Sep 09, 2011

    I might just have to take you up on your offer to read a "Lettie" novel. Or maybe I should say your inspiring comment :) Thanks!

    Susan Tepper – Sep 09, 2011

    Roberto thanks so much for what you said about my story "kid", yes, horrible things go on in this world. I hope you are doing well!

    Marcus Speh – Sep 09, 2011

    roberto, thank you for your kind comment on "before the bloodbath". glad this worked for you!

    Susan Tepper – Sep 01, 2011

    Roberto so happy that "the question" is a piece that spoke to you and I appreciate your sweet comments.

    Marcus Speh – Aug 12, 2011

    "inspirare inspiratorem pulchrum est"—i totally made that up but it's true: it is lovely to inspire the inspiring. and inspiring is a form of breathing, isn't it. thank you for commenting on "ginger"!

    Jack Swenson – Jul 29, 2011

    Roberto, you are a prince of a fellow. Thank you for both the suggestion and the fav for "The Bicycle."

    Meg Pokrass – Jul 16, 2011

    thank you for your warmth toward my story "Strawberry Trees" Roberto! m.

    Jules Archer – Jul 14, 2011

    Roberto - uber-thanks for the read and comment on Burn, Baby, Burn. Always appreciate a word from you.

    Penny Goring – Jul 12, 2011

    Thank you for your super comment on my Ornamental Onion XXX

    Jules Archer – Jul 01, 2011

    Thanks for the fave and comment on "Traitor". Always glad to hear from you.

    Marcus Speh – Jun 13, 2011

    thank you roberto for commenting on "in the nude". i can recommend italy though i don't think i'll go back there again. the memories.

    Mark Reep – Jun 11, 2011

    Hey Roberto, glad 'Ambiguity' gave you a laugh :) Thanks!

    Mark Reep – Jun 11, 2011

    Roberto, thanks for taking time to read 'Bukowski', and for the fave. Noted your profile comment about academic influence- Big yeah to that. Check out my 'Remarkable Depths of Semantic Ambiguity' sometime, hopefully you'll have a laugh :)

    Julie Innis – May 26, 2011

    Thank you!

    ABxx – May 19, 2011

    Hi Roberto--

    I so appreciated your commentary on "The Mariner's Daughter" and love the sentiments you expressed in your "About Me" section. I look forward to reading your work.


    Fred Osuna – May 18, 2011

    What's up, Roberto? Thanks a lot for reading, commenting and recommending my halitosis. My story entitled "Halitosis," that is.

    J.A. Pak – May 18, 2011

    Thanks so much for your comments on "Zhou Yu". It was my first post here and yours was my first comment so I really appreciated your kind comments. I very much liked your "On China" and was going to comment earlier this evening but was feeling a little shy and awkward. I'll go and comment now! :)

    Jane Flett – Apr 28, 2011

    Wow, thank you Roberto.

    Susan Gibb – Apr 20, 2011

    Roberto, yes, Roberto! I must have had Ramon Collins in mind for some reason when I commented. That's good; it proves that I read for the story and not the author I guess! Been enjoying your stuff!

    Jerry Ratch – Apr 14, 2011

    Thanks for the fave, Roberto!

    James Lloyd Davis – Apr 14, 2011

    Thank you, Roberto, for the fave and the comment on "David Foster Wallace meets the sage Lao Tse in a strange place."

    Bill Yarrow – Apr 14, 2011

    Thanks for faving "The Truth Will Out." The sources of inspiration are strange indeed!

    Bill Yarrow – Apr 14, 2011

    Thanks for faving "Son of Goya," Roberto. Really appreciate it!

    Jen Knox – Apr 13, 2011

    Roberto, you picked my favorite lines, which makes me incredibly happy. Thanks for reading.

    Susan Tepper – Mar 29, 2011

    Roberto, thanks so much for Ringing, and remember-- nobody can steal your lines, your lines are too good!

    Jerry Ratch – Mar 13, 2011

    Thanks for your comments, Roberto. Appreciated greatly!

    Jen Knox – Mar 13, 2011

    Thanks for your comment on "Wave". More, thanks for writing what you did in the "About Me" section here.

    Jules Archer – Feb 14, 2011

    Roberto - thanks for the read/comment on "Liplorn". Story needs a lot of work maybe one day I'll let Lucinda run wild. ;)

    Walter Bjorkman – Feb 01, 2011

    Roberto - thanks for looking back into some of my relatively older posts 7 your comments on them. I like to go back also, so much here the new ones zip by, and I am in a sporadic f'naut phase, as what happens when other duties prevail. Like your profile comments. I can like a lot of things, but not pretention. Appreciate - Walt

    Bill Yarrow – Jan 26, 2011

    Thanks, Roberto, for your comment on and fave of "George." Much appreciated!

    Jules Archer – Jan 26, 2011

    Oooo, taboo, good work. Thanks Roberto for reading "Solar Plexus". Uber-appreciated.

    stephen hastings-king – Jan 24, 2011

    hello roberto---thanks very much for the lovely comments on "the troupe" feels like something new may come of it but i'm still feeling my way into whatever it might be. so it's lovely to know that this piece works.

    Johnny Dantonio – Jan 22, 2011

    Thanks for the feedback! That damn Shakespeare – he introduced me to both lust and love :)

    Jack Swenson – Jan 21, 2011

    Roberto, glad you liked my cowboy story. Thanks!

    David Ackley – Jan 21, 2011

    Hey, Roberto, thanks for the kind words re my little poem. Coming from a real poet like yourself, it means a lot.

    J. Mykell Collinz – Jan 21, 2011

    Hi, Roberto. Thanks for reading 'Disgeneration.' I appreciate the fave. I like what you say about literature and protest in your statement above.

    Joe Hartley – Jan 21, 2011

    Thanks for commenting on my Flash, Dream House.

    Rene Foran – Jan 21, 2011

    Thank you, Roberto for your suggestion on "randy the ram"..that small change really helped :)

    Susan Tepper – Jan 09, 2011

    Roberto please forgive my lateness in thanking you for "Idiotsky" I really appreciate your words, particularly since you are a fan of Chekhov stories! cheers & happy new year! susan

    Marcus Speh – Jan 09, 2011

    a little late but i wanted to thank you for your very kind comment on "le sucre brun". novella is in the works...cheers!

    Jules Archer – Jan 04, 2011

    Roberto - thanks for the cool comment on "I Like It". I love your take and feedback. Cheers!

    Susan Tepper – Jan 02, 2011

    Roberto, I'm so glad you enjoyed Idiotsky. I had so much fun writing it. As an actor, I did a number of Chekhov plays so the dialogue was very easy for me to incorporate into story form. Happy New Year!

    Bill Yarrow – Jan 02, 2011

    Roberto, thanks for the comment on and fave of "Mussel Memory." Really appreciate it.

    Jules Archer – Dec 07, 2010

    Roberto - I'd love to be at that holiday party! Thanks for reading "Help Me Own You".

    Matthew A. Hamilton – Dec 05, 2010

    Thank you for reading Admission and for the *. Much appreciated.

    Jules Archer – Nov 22, 2010

    Roberto - awesome comments and suggestions for "Lay On Me". Really appreciate it. Cheers, Jules.

    W.F. Lantry – Nov 21, 2010


    Thanks for your comment about Scene Change. I need all the encouragement I can get!



    Shelagh Power-Chopra – Nov 04, 2010

    Roberto, I'm so glad, appointment entertained you. Thanks for reading!

    Matthew A. Hamilton – Nov 04, 2010

    Thank you for reading The Clinic. If you want to volunteer, its never too late.

    Matthew A. Hamilton – Oct 27, 2010

    Thanks for reading Alice Sundew. Glad you liked it.

    Dean H. Wild – Oct 20, 2010

    Many thanks for your comments about Harbinger. Thanks for reading!

    Meg Pokrass – Oct 20, 2010

    Roberto - thank you for reading Medicine and for your kind words there!

    Jules Archer – Oct 20, 2010

    re: the loudest loud -- let's buy a ticket now!

    p.s. many thanks for the comment/read.

    Jules Archer – Oct 20, 2010

    Roberto! I could give you a big ol' kiss for picking out my two characters! Wow are we in sync or what? Anyways...thank you immensley for commenting on and reading and faving "John & Cathy Come Home".

    stephen hastings-king – Oct 19, 2010

    Thanks for commenting on "Waveform"...much appreciated.

    Bill Yarrow – Oct 19, 2010

    Thanks, Roberto. Appreciate the comment on "Knot Eye."

    Jerry Ratch – Oct 17, 2010

    Thank you, Roberto!

    Nicolette Wong – Oct 17, 2010

    Thank you for reading my story 'Abandon'! Looking forward to reading your work here as well.

    Robert Vaughan – Oct 17, 2010

    Thanks for your thoughtful comments on A,B,C!!! I appreciate your time and inspires me to write more!

    Roberto C. Garcia – Oct 12, 2010

    Hi Folks, just revised a poem I had previously put up here if anyone cares to read and comment. Poets House, NYC


    Matthew A. Hamilton – Oct 11, 2010

    Thank you for reading Cowgirl. Glad you liked it.

    Bill Yarrow – Oct 11, 2010

    Thanks for commenting on the Orange Julius poem. Glad you liked it!

    Carol Reid – Oct 11, 2010

    Roberto, thank you so much for your comments on Lavender.

    M – Oct 11, 2010

    Thank you for your comment on "while we sleep" Roberto. It's given me some thoughts as to how I might expand it if I go in that direction. I am very much on board with your views and I like your list of favorite authors. Though I've read a couple of them, your list is a good resource for more exploration. (I love Strand, Marquez, Neruda.) It'd be fun to see all of your faves. Best wishes -- Q

    Kait Mauro – Oct 06, 2010

    Thank you so much for the nice comment on my story earlier today, it made my morning much brighter. :)

    Meg Pokrass – Sep 30, 2010

    Roberto - thank you very much for your comment on The Drunk Elephant. Frisco is cool, yeah. I feel lucky to live here (but would feel more lucky if it weren't more expensive). You are kind, and thank you so much for reading and getting the piece. warmly, meg

    Linda Simoni-Wastila – Sep 30, 2010

    Roberto, thanks so much for reading and faving Wolves and Butterflies. I write about health and medical issues (largely), and my Nana's lupus was a a constant in my 40 years of knowing her. She struggled with the disease yet managed to live life at full-tilt. I miss her.

    I haven't 'seen' you before here (though I've been sketchy around here myself lately) and will take time to read your postings later today/tonight. Peace...

    stephen hastings-king – Sep 29, 2010

    hello roberto...i wanted to tell you first thanks for the reads and comments but mostly thanks because you are the only person who consistently gets that my stuff is written to be performed. it's all about being read's music...microtonal music...working my way toward opera for real. it pleases me to no end that you already see it.

    Matthew A. Hamilton – Sep 29, 2010

    Thanks for the read and fave for The Dancing Lady. Its a work in progress, so I'm thrilled you liked the first draft very much.

    Kim Conklin – Sep 20, 2010

    Thanks for the comment on No Goodbyes! Glad you liked it.

    ABxx – Sep 20, 2010

    Hello Roberto,

    Thanks so much for your commentary on "Ghosts". Very flattering. I look forward to reading your work. Glad to see you here.


    Jerry Ratch – Sep 19, 2010

    Thanks, Roberto, for the Fave. And I couldn't agree more with your comments above! So keep on writing freely!

    Jules Archer – Sep 19, 2010

    Hi Roberto-
    Many thanks for your comment on "Just a Mountain". Glad it was relatable and I appreciate you reading.

    Michelle Elvy – Sep 19, 2010

    thanks for the comment on Escalation! I will come back here soon to peek at your work too. Looking forward. Very much.

    Fred Osuna – Sep 17, 2010

    Roberto, thanks for your insights into "Enid's Hat, Joyce's Youth."

    Kate Brown – Sep 16, 2010

    Thanks for reading 'Falling' Roberto. Glad you liked it. Kate

    Christian Bell – Sep 16, 2010

    Roberto, thanks for reading and commenting on "Firecrackers." Much appreciated!

    Marcus Speh – Sep 16, 2010

    roberto - txs for yer comment on 'you said it'. i'm looking forward to reading and commenting "the middle age" but i won't get to it the beginning though. cheerio, marcus

    Jerry Ratch – Sep 16, 2010

    Thank you for your comments, Roberto. Very much appreciated!

    Siren of Brixton – Sep 13, 2010

    Thanks for commenting on my story. I don't have time to read yours at the moment but I'll come back later in the week to return the favour. I don't think I'll ever be a poet myself but I really appreciate the feedback. Regards, Robyn

    Kate Brown – Sep 12, 2010

    Thanks for your comment on 'Place de la Revolution', Roberto. It's much appreciated!

    C. D. Peck – Sep 11, 2010

    Thanks for reading and commenting on "Flush". Glad you liked it!

    Tracy López – Sep 10, 2010

    Thanks for the comment you left on my manuscript excerpt. It has really helped to re-inspire me to keep going with that particular story.

    I agree very much with what you say here about the need to get Americans reading again. I read to my children every night and though I'm not a perfect parent, that is one thing I'm proud of above almost everything else.


    Joe Tripician – Sep 08, 2010

    Thanks, Roberto, for the nice comment on my story "Gateway Love". Yes, I read a lot of Kurt Vonnegut growing up -- along with Poe and Lenny Bruce. That explains a lot about me.

    C. D. Peck – Sep 08, 2010

    Thanks for the comment!

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