Lourdes Figueroa is an oral poet. Her poems are a dialogue of her lived experience when her family worked in el azadón in Yolo County. The words el azadón are used by the ones who work in the fields — the work of tilling the soil under the blistering sun. She is the author of the chapbooks Ruidos = To Learn Speak, & most recent Vuelta with Nomadic Press. Lourdes is a recipient of the Nomadic Press Literary award in Poetry selected by emeritus SF Poet Laureate Kim Shuck. Her poem Pieces from YOLOTL was nominated for a Pushcart prize by Quite Lightning 2023. Forthcoming September 2023 is her poetry film Las Marimacha Fragments selected to be part of A Good Symptom's Film Anthology with 3rd thing Press. She works and lives in Oakland. A native of limbo nation, Lourdes continues to believe in your lung and your throat.