Nature & Place Prize, 3rd Place Winner: How to Color Mami by Noel Quiñones

Today we’re publishing this gorgeous piece by 2022 Nature & Place Prize third place winner, Noel Quiñones!



How to Color Mami





“How to Color Mami” is written in a poetic form I created called a Coloring Book poem. They work as color by number coloring books. Each stanza is numbered, corresponding to a number in the illustration. Each stanza features a color within it that should then be used to color the associated number in the illustration.



Noel Quiñones

Noel Quiñones is an Emmy award winning Puerto Rican writer from the Bronx. He’s received fellowships from Poets House, the Poetry Foundation, Tin House, and SAFTA (Sundress Academy for the Arts). His work has been published in POETRY, Gulf Coast, Tupelo Quarterly and is forthcoming from The Offing. He has performed on stages across the country including Lincoln Center, Harvard University, BAM, Princeton University, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, American University, and the Honolulu Museum of Art. He is the founder of Project X, a Bronx-based arts organization, a 40 Under 40 Rising Latino Stars Recipient, and a member of the 2019 Intercultural Leadership Institute cohort. He is a recent graduate of the University of Mississippi M.F.A. program, where he was the 2019 John and Renée Grisham Poetry Fellow, winning the D.C. Berry Prize in Creative Writing and the Bondurant Poetry Prize. Follow him online at or @noelpquinones.

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