Javier Ávila's one-man show, The Trouble with My Name explores the American Latino experience. With his unique brand of poetry and satire, Ávila examines the issues of language, race, and social justice in a performance that illustrates what it means to be the American of the future. His message transcends boundaries of color, ethnicity, and geography. This book contains poems from the show. It brings together autobiographical pieces from Ávila's award-winning collections, and poems specifically written for the show that appear in print here for the first time.