To Julia Keleher….

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By: Ana Portnoy Brimmer

Click to read the poem: To Julia Keleher, Puerto Rico’s Secretary of Education, who was on the same American Airlines flight as me four months after Hurricane María


Ana Portnoy Brimmer is a poet/performer, creative nonfiction writer, ARTivist and Master’s student at the University of Puerto Rico. She is the recipient of the Sandra Cisneros Fellowship, awarded by Under The Volcano International, and a Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation-VONA/Voices Fellow, an Under The Volcano Fellow, and a Las Dos Brujas Alumna. The daughter of Mexican-Jewish immigrants, she was born in New York, but was raised, and currently lives, in Puerto Rico.


*The lack of transparency and reliable data in and about Puerto Rico, especially after hurricane María, is overwhelming. These are three of the many sources consulted to acquire these ever-changing numbers:
Puerto Rico’s education system hangs in the balance amid Hurricane Maria exodus
‘Why can’t I have my life back?’: In Puerto Rico, living and learning in the dark
Educación cierra al menos 44 escuelas por daños tras huracán María 

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