Only after this memoir was I able to see the Kafka truth: We are telling our necessary truths. We are the necessary heroes of our own narratives. Somewhere inside all of it, there is a collective truth, one we can safely tell. ...more
How does one come to feel American in the eyes of others? ...more
Tags: American Dream, american politics, Animal Farm, border crisis, citizenship, Donald Trump, george orwell, Green Card, identity, immigration, Mexican, Mexican-American, Mexico, microaggressions, naturalization, Ofelia Montelongo, Politics, privilege, Proud Boys, Racism, Trump, US-Mexico border, xenophobia
Emilly Prado discusses her debut essay collection, FUNERAL FOR FLACA.
Tags: adolescence, bilingual, Bitch Media, Chicana, diaries, diary, Eating Disorder, eating disorders, Emilly Prado, essay collection, essay writing, essays, family, family secret, fathers, fathers and daughters, Funeral for Flaca, Future Tense, Future Tense Books, Independent Publishing Resource Center, journaling, Kevin Sampsell, Margaret Malone, Melissa Matthewson, memoir, Mexican-American, Mexico, Music, Portland, Spanish, therapy, trauma
I grieve my father’s disembodiment. It is my grief inheritance. ...more
Tags: addiction, alcohol, alcoholic, alcoholism, class inequality, daughters, Dayna Velasco, depression, domestic abuse, domestic violence, drinking, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, grief, immigrants, immigration, Mexico, Neenah, racial inequality, Racism, Voices on Addiction, Wisconsin
Just the two of us. Daddy and me. Charro and escaramuza. ...more
Tags: charreada, charrería, charro, childhood, cowboy, cowboys, daughers, daughters, escaramuza, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, horseback riding, Horses, Marcela Fuentes, Mexican, Mexico, pregnancy, Rumpus Original Fiction, short fiction, short stories, short story, single mother, single motherhood, Single Mothers, Texas, Torreón, unplanned pregnancy
Sergio Troncoso discusses his new anthology, NEPANTLA FAMILIAS.
Tags: A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son, Alex Espinoza, Antonio Castro, chicano, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, David Dorado Romo, Eddy Francisco Alvarez Jr., editing, family, From This Wicked Patch of Dust, gloria anzaldua, Helena María Viramontes, heritage, identity, immigrants, immigration, ire’ne lara silva, Matt Mendez, Mexican-American, Mexicano, Mexico, Nepantla, Nepantla Familias, Reyna Grande, Rigoberto González, Sandra Cisneros, Sergio Troncoso, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Stephanie Li, The Last Tortilla and Other Stories
Gabriela Garcia discusses her debut novel, OF WOMEN AND SALT.
Tags: class inequality, Cuba, Cuban diaspora, epigenetics, family, family history, Gabriela Garcia, Greg Mania, historical trauma, immigrants, immigration, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Latinx, Latinx literature, literary tropes, Mexico, Miami, mothers, Of Women and Salt, racial inequality, Victor Hugo
There is nothing I want more than a happy ending. ...more
Tags: breaking up, breakup, breakups, broken heart, celebrity, Central American, cheating, class inequality, DACA, dating, Diaspora, edgar gomez, falling in love, fame, florida, gay, gay bar, gay bars, grindr, heartbreak, homosexuality, infidelity, Latinidad, Latinx, LGBTQ, love, Mexico, Miami, money, New York City, Nicaragua, Nicaraguan, polyamorous, polyamory, queer, reggaeton, relationships, Rihanna, RuPaul's Drag Race, Sábado Gigante, Sex, sex work, sex worker, sexuality, starving artists, Texas, Thong Song
Judith Santopietro discusses TIAWANAKU. POEMAS DE LA MADRE COQA/POEMS FROM THE MOTHER COQA.
Tags: Abya Yala, Alfonsina Storni, Andes, Aymara, Bolivia, border crossing, chola women, Claire Jimenez, cocaine, colonial narratives, colonialism, coqa, Daniela Rea, Diaspora, dictatorship, drugs, Evo Morales, Federico Garcia Lorca, first nations, Gabriela Wiener, Guatemala, Humberto Ak’abal, Ilana Luna, Indigenous, José Revueltas, Joy Harjo, Judith Santopietro, Katherine M. Hedeen, La Paz, language, Latin America, Latin American literature, Latina, Lina X. Aguirre, linguistics, Marcela Turati, Mayan, Mexico, Mikeas Sánchez, Nahuatl, Nantzin Paula López, oral history, oral tradition, Orca Libros, Pacha Mama, Palabras de Agua, poems, poetry, PTSD, Quechua, racial inequality, Racism, representation, Spanish, spirituality, Tata Domingo Choc Ché, Tiawanaku, translation, trauma, Victor Rodriguez Núnez, war on drugs
More than a longing for an origin story, Hernandez Castillo’s memoir is an attempt to bring the invisible to light. ...more
Tags: absent father, absent fathers, book review, border crisis, border crossing, California, Children of the Land, class inequality, DACA, deportation, displacement, fathers, fathers and sons, immigrants, immigration, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, juan luis guzman, machismo, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, memoir, Mexican, Mexico, new york, New York City, patriarchy, Poet, review, undocumented children, undocumented immigrant, undocumented immigrants, US-Mexico border, vignette
Poet Marcelo Hernandez Castillo discusses his debut memoir, CHILDREN OF THE LAND.
Tags: Anne Carson, Cenzontle, Children of the Land, deportation, Green Card, ice, immigration, Jessica Wilbanks, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, memoir, memory, memory loss, Mexican-American, Mexico, poems, poetry, surveillance, symbolism, trauma, Undocupoets
“[P]art of writing is cementing some sort of memory.”
Tags: 2Pac, Alan Chazaro, Bay Area, Berkeley, Black Lawrence Press, chicano, Chicanx, E-40, East Bay, Frank Ocean, hip-hop, immigrants, Latino, Latinx, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, male fragility, masculinity, Mexican-American, Mexico, millennial, mix tape, mixtape, Oakland, Palette Poetry, Piñata Theory, Pocho Boy Meets World, poetry, Rochelle Spencer, sampling, Social Media, South Bay, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, UC Berkeley, Walt Whitman
Courtney Maum discusses her new novel, COSTALEGRE.
Tags: Constantin Brancusi, Costalegre, courtney maum, dadaism, diary, historical fiction, jim shepard, Mexico, mothers and daughters, Paul Nash, Pegeen Guggenheim, Peggy Guggenheim, Robin Benway, surrealism, The Book of Aron, Tin House, unreliable narrator, World War II, WWII
One moment white, the next Latina, the next neither. ...more
Tags: Anahi Molina, hispanic, Latina, Latinx, marginalization, Mexico, Paraguay, race, racial inequality, shame, Spanish, whiteness
How does what we choose to document dictate whose lives matter? ...more
Tags: Amelia Possanza, book review, border crisis, child migrant crisis, Elegies for Lost Children, Faces in the Crowd, family, immigration, Lost Children Archive, marriage, Mexico, road trip, Tell Me How It Ends, The Story of My Teeth, US-Mexico border, Valeria Luiselli
Chloe Aridjis discusses her forthcoming novel, SEA MONSTERS.
Tags: adolescence, Alain-Fournier, Ann Quin, Asunder, beach, berlin, Book of Clouds, catapult, Chloe Aridjis, climate change, daughters, environmental crisis, fathers and daughters, female friendship, Haley Sherif, Joseph Roth, mermaids, merman, Mexico, Oaxaca, ocean, parents, place, Sea Monsters, setting, shipwrecks, teenagers, The Tempest
The poems in Killing Marías sustain a deep reverence for women and are a call to action for the world. ...more
Tags: book review, Books, Carl Jung, Ciudad Juarez, Claudia Castro Luna, domestic violence, El Salvador, gender inequality, Killing Marias, Mexico, motherhood, poetry, Reviews, Risa Denenberg, Two Sylvias Press, violence against women
In The Queer Syllabus, writers nominate works for a new canon of queer literature.
Tags: Catherine Gund, Chavela, Chavela Vargas, costa rica, Daresha Kyi, documentary, Film, Frida, Girasol, Lesbian, LGBTQ, Mexico, Mexico City, queer, Queer Syllabus, Tijuana, Vianney Casas
If they come for one of us, they will come for us all. ...more
Tags: 2Pac, audre lorde, Books, BreakBeat Poets, Citizen Illegal, Danez Smith, debut collection, Eve Ewing, first book, Frank Johnson, Franny Choi, Haymarket Books, hip-hop, hip-hop literature, immigration, Jay-Z, Josè Olivarez, Latinx, Mexican-American, Mexico, Morgan Parker, poetry, Reviews, Tupac Shakur, Vs Podcast
If you ask me why I did it, I can’t give you a proper answer. I was hungry and didn’t have much money, but it wasn’t like I was homeless or went to sleep starving. ...more
Tags: American Dream, burritos, Chihuahuan Desert, class inequality, Dallas, Dear Summer, El Paso, food, frozen burritos, higher education, hispanic, hunger, immigrants, Jay-Z, John Wooden, Juárez, Latino, Mexican, Mexican-American, Mexico, poverty, Roberto Franco, Texas, theft, working class
A good man doesn’t leave someone to die in the desert, and when he uses God’s name, he does it to bless, not to kill. ...more
Tags: Andrew Jackson, Arizona, asylum, border, border patrol, Carmelita Torres, Death Valley, detainees, Donald Trump, El Paso, Gris Munoz, Holocaust, illegal immigration, immigration, japanese internment, Jeff Sessions, Jim Acosta, Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County, Mexico, Politics, racial violence, Racism, refugees, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Sarah Sanders, Texas, The Juarez Bath Riots, Tornillo, Trump, White Supremacy
Queer literature isn’t a box to unlock so that it can unlock me. ...more
Tags: .S. Eliot, adolescence, agatha christie, beowulf, Billy Budd, Call Me By Your Name, Christianity, dante, E. M. Forster, eileen myles, Ernest Hemingway, Evangelical, genderqueer, Giovanni's Room, Hollywood, homosexuality, J.R.R. Tolkien, James Baldwin, John Donne, Kelly Caldwell, LGBTQ, marriage, masochism, Maurice, Mexico, Moonlight, Oscar Wilde, Pride, queer literature, queer representation, queer youth, religion, repression, sexuality, Shakespeare, shame, Song of Songs, St. Sebastian, Stigma, The Danish Girl, trans, transgender
[T]he effect of reading Chee’s essays is to be reminded of why we write, but also, why we read, even in these times of never-ending distress. ...more
Tags: AIDS, Alexander Chee, Annie Dillard, essay collection, essays, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, Iowa Writers' Workshop, LaTanya McQueen, LGBTQ, memoir, Mexico, Peter D. Kelloran, Queen of the Night, queer, tarot, trauma
Indie bookstore news from across the country and around the world!
Tags: Anderson's Bookshop, Bookstore Movers, Chicago, ChicagoNow, China, hong kong, Illinois, independent booksellers, independent bookstores, Kosti's Last Sunday Bookstore, LaGrange, Libros in Español, Logos Hope, Mexico, New York Times, Ridgewood, Singapore, Start next week right, This Week in Indie Bookstores, Washington DC
For Sarah A. Chavez, the body works as a site of difference and violence, but also magic and wisdom. ...more
Tags: adolescence, Books, female bodies, female body, gender roles, Hands That Break and Scar, Kristi Carter, Mexican-American, Mexico, motherhood, mothers, poetry, Reviews, Sara A. Chavez, sexuality, Sundress Publications, womanhood
Despite its supernatural beginning, Everyone Knows You Go Home is grounded in the kind of gritty realism lived by every immigrant in this country. ...more
“Amezcua’s synths and Sanchez’s vocals craft the perfect soundtrack to get lost in…”
Eloisa Amezcua discusses her collection
From the Inside Quietly, bilingualism in poetry, and the connection between whiteness and yeast infections. ...more
Tags: Angela Veronica Wong, Bilingual Sestina, Bobby Chacon, Boston, boxing, brian spears, candida, Carolina Ebeid, desert, Eloisa Amezcua, From the Inside Quietly, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Julia Alvarez, landscape, language, Mexico, mothers, mothers and daughters, Not Here, Phoenix, poetry, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, san diego, Shelterbelt Press, Spanish, translation, William Carlos Williams, yeast infection, You Ask Me to Talk About the Interior
Indie bookstore news from across the country and around the world!
Tags: Azerbaijan, Bucharest, Chelsea Rectanus, fbi, Heirloom Books, independent booksellers, independent bookstores, India, Logos Hope, Mexico, Mumbai, Romania, Strand Book Stall, This Week in Indie Bookstores, Tsutaya
Filmmaker Kareem Mortimer discusses his latest feature,
Cargo, his writing process, and why the Bahamas can be “a microcosm for the world.” ...more
Tags: Allegra Hyde, ava duvernay, Bahamas, Cargo, Children of God, Cine Qua Non Lab, Fina Torres, Float, Gessica Geneus, Haiti, James Ivory, John Waters, Kareem Mortimer, Mexico, Nassau, Passage, refugees, Trinidad, writing process