Nación Nómada / Nomadic Nation by Rubén Medina

softcover, literature, $15
Cover Art: Inda Sáenz, “Zócalo de Oaxaca,” 2015. Óleo sobre tela, 50 x 39.5 cm.
ISBN 978-0-9846568-7-5
LCCN 2015944838

medinaThis expanded edition of Rubén Medina’s 2010 Nomadic Nation / Nación Nómada includes a new introduction by the author about his poetics as well as new translations of work originally written in Spanish. Composed in English, Spanish and Spanglish, these important poems reflect on the lives of immigrants/ emigrants, our restless spirits, and the human journey: “We are at the periphery of the center / and at the center of the periphery / at the same time.”

Writes Medina in “Una poetica norteada”: “There is no purity in language. There never has been. … Interference can at times simply end up increasing the vocabulary of a dominant language, or provoke changes in structure and meaning, but quite often it also reveals a double voice or double consciousness. Spanglish marks the on-going tensions between assimilation and difference for the migrant subjects. It points also to the cycle of nation formation once again or to nation de-formation. … I called my poetics, una poética norteada, alien, nomadic. This term, norteada/o, describes a person who is lost while pursuing a destination. To be lost is of great artistic, political and existential value, since that lost person seeks a way out knowing in the process that getting on the right road is not necessarily a destination.”

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I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin: Three Decades of Hispanic Writing (third edition)

edited by Oscar Mireles

Above: Authors from I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin at the Madison book launch. Front row: Nydia Rojas, Leana Nakielski, Oscar Mireles (editor), Nayla Chehade, Margarita Dumit. Back row: Dominic Ledesma Perzichilli, Angela Trudell Vasquez, Tomy C. Tepepa-Carmona, Moisés Villavicencio Barras, Sara Alvarado, Rubén Medina

softcover, literature
Cover Art: Ben Seydewitz
ISBN 978-0-9846568-5-1
LCCN 2014947554

mirelesTwenty-five years ago Oscar Mireles published the anthology, I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin: 20 Hispanic Poets. This third volume in the series includes the work of more than thirty authors of poetry, essay, memoir, and fiction and demonstrates once again the breadth and depth of Latino/a writing and literature in Wisconsin. Not strangers, not new arrivals, these authors represent an important part of the region’s cultural and social fabric. Written sometimes in English, sometimes in Spanish, and sometimes in a dynamic mixture of both languages, Mireles’ anthology helps to extend many narratives: not only of what it means to be Latino/a in the Midwest, but also what it means to be Midwestern.

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Luz de Todos los Tiempos / Light of All Times

88 pages, softcover, poetry
also available as a Kindle book
Cover Art: Heteo Pérez Rojas, Alas y Hojas/ Wings and Leaves.
ISBN 978-0-9846568-2-0
LCCN 2013933908

Read an Interview with Moisés Villavicencio Barras

villavicenciobarrasIn this bi-lingual collection of poems, Luz de Todos los Tiempos / Light of All Times, Mexican poet Moisés Villavicencio Barras explores the idea of crossing from a multitude of perspectives, and comes again and again from his various journeys, back to the central figures of his parents. This is a book of love and homage, as well as a tender but honest exploration of what it means to grow into adulthood and reconcile oneself with the past.

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