Poems from Canticle of Idols (2008, Wordtech Communications)

Poems from Boogeyman Dawn (2014, Salmon Poetry)

Poems from sombra : (dis)locate (2016, Salmon Poetry)

Poems from profeta without refuge (2016, Nomadic Press)






Santa Clara University reading and remarks. April 2017


Work has been included in the following anthologies:

U.S. Latino/a Voices in Poetry from the Poetry Foundation

10 x 10 (Print Collections of Cave Canem Poets)

Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade

Growing Up Girl: An Anthology of Voices from Marginalized Spaces

Poetic Voices without Borders


Interview by Lynda Letona for Latino Poetry Review, October 2013

Interview conducted by DeLana Dameron, 2010


Poetry Foundation, 2018
Behind the Writer’s Desk, Women Who Submit, 2018
Queen Mob’s Teahouse, 2018
Jung Journal, 2017
Excerpt from profeta without refuge at Nomadic Press, 2016
Boogeyman Dawn samples at Salmon Poetry, October 2013 
Poetry Society of America Roundtable, 2013
Omniverse, 2012
Connotation Press, October 2010
Contrary Magazine, Spring 2010
Sixers Review, 2009
Holly Rose Review, 2009
Come Bien, 2009
The Montserrat Review, poem review, 2008
African American Poetry Review, 2008
MiPoesias, 2007
Torch, Fall 2007
Boxcar Poetry Review, September 2007
Womb Poetry, Summer 2007
North Carolina Arts Council Poet of the Week, July 2006
Salt Hill Journal, 2006
LouderArts Project Bio and Poem

Books – Poetry Collections

1.        León, Raina, J. Profeta Without Refuge. Oakland, CA:  Nomadic Press (Chapbook), September 2016

2.        León, Raina, J. Sombra: Dis(locate). Ireland: Salmon Poetry, February 2016

3.        León, Raina, J. Boogeyman Dawn. Ireland: Salmon Poetry, October 2013

4.        León, Raina, J. Canticle of Idols. Cincinnati, OH: Wordtech Communications. Inc., 2008 


1.        León, R. J., & Thomas, N. D. “Critical Race Theory and the Cultivation, Mentorship and Retention of Black Women Faculty.”. American International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 2016, 2(1), 1-16.

2.        León, R. J. “Fight or Flight: An Account of a Professor’s First Year Obsession”. Brock Education: A Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2014, 24(1), 20-25.

3.        León, R. “Am I a Lasallian Educator?: Lessons from Home. José Cervantes”. Educational Perspectives, 2013

4.        Thomas, N. D., & León, R. J. “Breaking barriers: Using poetry as a tool to enhance diversity understanding with youth and adults.”. Journal of Poetry Therapy, 2012, 25(2), 83-93.


1.        León, R. J. “Comfort Woman”. New Madrid. 2016. 

2.        León, R. J. “Poet in Hermitage from Whiteness”. New Madrid. 2016. 

3.        León, R. J. “When Your Mother is God”. Torch: Poetry, Prose and Short Stories by African American Women. 2016. Web

4.        León, R. J. “Vessel Strut”. Torch: Poetry, Prose and Short Stories by African American Women. 2016. 

5.        León, R. J. “Salvage Yard”. Torch: Poetry, Prose and Short Stories by African American Women. 2016. 

6.        León, R. J. “Poet: Rigor Mortis, Zombies and Dehumanization”. Aster. 2016.

7.        León, R. J. “Archangel”. Monday Night. Fall 2015.

8.        León, R. J. “Villanelle to Blink Pastique”. Monday Night. Fall 2015.

9.        León, R. J. “Vial Two”. Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora. Fall 2015

10.       León, R. J. “After the Cinema”. Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora. Fall 2015.

11.       León, R. J. “”Olir” and “Mire””. Fourteen Hills. Dec. 2015. 

12.       León, R. J. “All That Time, Waiting to Bloom”. Remembering the Days that Breathed Pink. Edited by Nicole Borello. San Jones, CA: Quaci Press, 2015. 

13.       León, R. J. “A Place to Press Roses”. Remembering the Days that Breathed Pink. Edited by Nicole Borello. San Jose, CA: Quaci Press, 2015. 

14.       León, R. J. “Madrina”. Remembering the Days that Breathed Pink. Edited by Nicole Borello. San Jose, CA: Quaci Press, 2015. 

15.       León, R. J. “How to Live Forever”. Remembering the Days that Breathed Pink. Edited by Nicole Borello. San Jose, CA: Quaci Press, 2015. 

16.       León, R. J. “What to Do”. Remembering the Days that Breathed Pink. Edited by Nicole Borello. San Jose, CA: Quaci Press, 2015. 

17.       León, R. J. “Querencia”. Mrs. Dalloway’s (Berkeley) Limited Edition Poem Series (run of 3000). 2015.

18.       León, R. J. “Eden”. Eleven and a Half. 2015.

19.       León, R. J. “Genocide Bop”. Eleven Eleven. 2015.

20.       León, R. J. “Every(where)”. Eleven Eleven. 2015.

21.       León, R. J. “Portrait of a Landscape”. Saint Mary’s College of California Journal. 2014.

22.       León, R. J. “Tango Criollo”. Black Gold Anthology. Edited by  Ja A. Jahannes. Turner Mayfield Publishing, 2014.

23.       León, R. J. “Calypso and the DJ”. Black Gold Anthology. Edited by Ja. A. Jahannes. Turner Mayfield Publishing. 2014.

24.       León, R. J. “Querencia”. Acentos Review. 2014. Web. 

25.       León, R. J. “Ferguson: Here, Everywhere”. Somos en Escrito. 2014.

26.       León, R. J. “Roundtable for Poetry Society of America”. Poetry Society of America. 2013. Web.

27.       León, R. J. “Between the Sea and Prayer”. Omniverse Journal. 2012. Web. 

28.       León, R. J. “Little Swift”. Feile-Fiesta Journal. 2011.

29.       León, R. J. “Cemberlitas Hamami”. Damazine. Syria. 2011.

30.       León, R. J. “Monologue of Shallow River”. Mandala Journal. University of Georgia. 2010.

31.       León, R. J. “Looking Glass: Isis / Osiris”. Mandala Journal. University of Georgia. 2010.

32.       León, R. J. “All Around, He’s There”. Connotation Press Journal. 2010.

33.       León, R. J. “An Owl Questions with a Human Face”. Connotation Press. 2010.

34.       León, R. J. “Persephone Returns”. Connotation Press Journal. 2010.

35.       León, R. J. “Phoebe”. Connotation Press Journal. 2010.

36.       León, R. J. “Elective”. Connotation Press Journal. 2010. 

37.       León, R. J. “Brujeria”. Contrary Press Journal. 2010. 

38.       León, R. J. “Exotic”. Danse Macabre Journal. 2010.

39.       León, R. J. “Exotic”. The Journal. England. 2010.

40.       León, R. J. “Funk”. Packinghouse Review Journal. 2010.

41.       León, R. J. “Journal”. Packinghouse Review Journal. 2010.

42.       León, R. J.  “Detention in a Casket”. Packinghouse Review Journal. 2010.

43.       León, R. J. “The Rising”. Magma Journal. England. 2010.

44.       León, R. J. “The Disappearance of Fireflies”. The Externalist Journal. 2009.

45.       León, R. J. “Appalachian Scenes in a Family’s Life”. Sixers Review. 2009. Web. 

46.       León, R. J. “Lately I’ve Grown Accustomed”. Sixers Review. 2009. Web. 

47.       León, R. J. “On the Football Field”. Sixers Review. 2009. Web. 

48.       León, R. J. “The Pistol’s Confession”. Bosphorus Arts Project Quarterly. 2009. Web. 

49.       León, R. J. “To Survive”. Verdad Magazine. 2009. Web. 

50.       León, R. J. “Beyond Edible”. Verdad Magazine. 2009. Web. 

51.       León, R. J. “Vox Populi”. Verdad Magazine. 2009. Web.  

52.       León, R. J. “Face”., Holly Rose Review. 2009. Web. 

53.       León, R. J. “Philomela Teaches a Child to Sew”. Poem, Memoir, Story Journal. 2008. 

54.       León, R. J. “Student-Inmate”. African American Review. June 22 2008. 

55.       León, R. J. “To Josephine from Napoleon, Black and White”. African American Review. 2008. 

56.       León, R. J. “A (Second) to Consider (Generations)”. OCHO. 2008. Print companion. 

57.       León, R. J. “Psychomachia”. OCHO. 2008. Print companion. 

58.       León, R. J. “Want”. The Cherry Blossom Review. 2008. 

59.       León, R. J. “Haiku”. Minglewood. 2008. 

60.       León, R. J. “GED”. Spindle Magazine. 2007.  

61.       León, R. J. “Paranoid, I Live”. Womb. 2007. Web. 

62.       León, R. J. “Sisterly Advice”. Womb. 2007. Web. 

63.       León, R. J. “Wolf Rock School”. Womb. 2007. Web. 

64.       León, R. J. “How We Sleep on the Nights When It Rains”. Black Arts Quarterly. 2007

65.       León, R. J. “Spanish Interpreter Certificate”. Black Arts Quarterly. 2007

66.       León, R. J. “The Mouths of Babes”. Boxcar Poetry Review. 2007. Web. 

67.       León, R. J. “Tracks”. In the People’s Hands. 2007.

68.       León, R. J. “The Hidden Face of the Moon”. In the People’s Hands. 2007.

69.       León, R. J. “Left Behind”. In the People’s Hands. 2007

70.       León, R. J. “The Meaning of Sarah”. In the People’s Hands. 2007. 

71.       León, R. J. “Christ and Magdalene (with quotations from Wuthering Heights)”. Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating     Cave Canem’s First Decade. Edited by Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady. University of Michigan Press, 2006. 

72.       León, R. J. “Conversacion”. Salt Hill Journal. 2006. 

73.       León, R. J. “Over Café”. Poetic Voices Without Borders. Edited by Robert L. Giron. Arlington, VA: Gival Press, LLC, 2005

74.       León, R. J. “Lesson”. Farmhouse Magazine. 2005. Web. 

75.       León, R. J. “Voz: Sweet Child”. Furnace Review. 2005. Web.

76.       León, R. J. “Voz: Mamá”. Furnace Review. 2005. Web. 

77.       León, R. J. “After the Bloody Gown”. Cave Canem Anthology (VIII), 2003


1.        León, R. J. “Albert Remembered”. The Osprey Journal, Scotland. 2009. Web. 

2.        León, R. J. “Sisters”, Novel Excerpt. Torch. 2007. Web. 


1.        León, R. J. “Micro-essay on Fear”. Kenyon Review. October 2015. Web. 

2.        León, R. J. “Dragon Spine Girl”. The Packinghouse Review Journal. 2012.

3.        León, R. J. “Interview with Verso and Flor”. The Acentos Review Journal. 2012. Web. 

4.        León, R. J. “Latino Round Table”. Poetry Society of America. 2011. Web. 

5.        León, R. J. “Inside Out: Paul Martinez Pompa’s My Kill Adore Him and Julia’s Story Post Moxie”. Post No Ills. 2011. Web. 

6.        León, R. J. “View of the World: Germany”. The Crisis Magazine. 2011. 

7.        León, R. J. “Running Man: A Review of Christian Campbell’s Running the Dusk”. Post No Ills. 2010. Web. 

8.        León, R. J. “Costa Rica”. Come Bien Press. 2009. 

9.        León, R. J. “Poetry, Hip Hop and Global Revolutions”. Words, Beats and Life Journal. 2005