Osiel “Osopolar” Gonzalez is a Cuban immigrant who resides in Minnesota. He studied Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, and received his M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Currently, he teaches Spanish Immersion Social Studies to 7th graders. His interests include chess, basketball, writing, and singing. His poem “Soy” is inspired by Gloria Estefan’s song “Hoy,” and draws upon the landscapes and history of Latin America, as he imagines them. It attempts to create a mood of reverence and hope. The poem emulates the rhyme and rhythm of Jose Marti’s “Versos Sencillos.”