Monday, September 24, 2012

Omar Figueras's Voice -- Short Take

(Short Take is a new feature in which people represent the 47 percent or honor someone who has represented the 47 percent in one-to-two sentences. Learn how to submit yours by clicking here.) 

"Waking up every day at 3:00 a.m. for over 25 years to load and drive a lunch truck 14-16 hours a day under the boiling Miami sun and still not earn enough to file a tax return, but never letting her family know they were in need, was how my single mom, Emma Lazo, fed and kept my older brother and me in school. My childhood was the embodiment of the 47%." -- Omar Figueras

Of Cuban descent and a native to Miami, Omar Figueras is a writer finishing his MFA in Creative Writing at Spalding University where he is an editor at The Louisville Review. He is currently working on three separate collections: short stories, flash creative non-fiction, and poems.