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Interview with Baruch Porras-Hernandez

by Olga Rosales Salinas

*Tener ganas. What are ganas, and how do they work? Baruch Porras-Hernandez shares his struggle as an immigrant student and tells us how his art has helped him thrive.


Today, I got the opportunity to interview Baruch Porras Hernandez, about his immigrant experience coming from Mexico at the age of nine years old, and going to college straight from high school. I met Porras-Hernandez when we hosted a monthly showcase in San Francisco called Vetted Word. His talent blew me away then as it does now. My sisters and I are honored to have him share his story with us and the Rosales Sisters' Scholarship.


***Tomorrow night, 4/22/21, via Zoom, Baruch will be performing! Please join us by registering here for the zoom link + password.


ABOUT

Baruch Porras Hernandez is the author of the poetry collections “I Miss You, Delicate” and “Lovers of the Deep Fried Circle” both with Sibling Rivalry Press. He’s toured with the legendary Sister Spit Queer poetry tour, is a two-time winner of Literary Death Match, and is a regular host of literary shows for KQED, LitQuake and many more. His solo show got a clapping man from the SF Chronicle, and his other solo shows have been performed to sold out houses all over the city. He’s performed comedy, poetry, and storytelling all over North America, he was born in Toluca, Mexico, and lives in San Francisco.


INTERVIEW


We’ve known each other for more than eleven years now, and because I know you, I know that your parents' experience was much like mine and my sisters'. They were immigrants finding their way in a strange country. Can you tell us what that was like for you? Do you feel that your parents managed their situation well?


My parents came here with no money, no support, no connections, but I was very fortunate to have the mom I have—she made it seem like an adventure. It was her wit, her smile, her charm, and her Mexicana smarts that got us by; she was very smart about a lot of things, and very positive. She said being poor doesn’t mean you have to suffer.