Michael Jaime-Becerra's story “Omar, March 1987," about a boy named Omar who discovers his mother's affair while skateboarding in the neighborhood, originally appeared in Issue 102
. The story evokes the sights and sounds of Omar's streets, its homes and storefronts, with these details grounding the story as Jaime-Becerra builds to Omar's emotional devastation. It can be read in its entirety in Issue 102
Michael Jaime-Becerra currently teaches creative writing at University of California, Riverside. His story collection, Every Night Is Ladies’ Night
, was named one of the best of the year by The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. It was awarded a California Book Award, the Silver Medal for a First Work of Fiction. He spoke to Managing Editor Oscar Villalon about "Omar, March 1987" and his use of distinct sensory details.
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