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Xavier Valcárcel (Loíza, 1985) is a Puerto Rican writer, visual artist, and cultural activist. Along with Puerto Rican poet and translator Nicole Delgado, he founded Atarraya Cartonera (San Juan, 2009), the first Cartonera project in the Caribbean. He has published seven books of poetry: Cama onda (2007), Anzuelos y carnadas (2009), Palo de lluvia (2010), Restos de lumbre y despedida (2012), El deber del pan (2013), Fe de calendario (2016), and Helio (2022); as well as the chronicle Aterrizar no es regreso (2019). His work has been included in a variety of anthologies and translated into English, German, and Portuguese. He is a recipient of the Letras Boricuas Fellowship, granted by The Mellon Foundation and the Flamboyán Foundation’s Art Fund.