The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles

A Powerful New Anthology of Los Angeles-Area Poetry

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Well-known poets in the anthology include Laurel Ann Bogen, Wanda Coleman, Kamau Daáood, Dana Gioia, traci kato-kiriyama, Rubén Martínez, Bill Mohr, Holly Prado, and Amy Uyematsu. Many strong new voices also make this a well-rounded collection for any literary class, program, bookstore, or event. The introduction is by Luis J. Rodriguez. The book is dedicated to three beloved poets who recently passed: Wanda Coleman of Watts, Native American John Trudell, and Chicano poet Francisco Alarcon. 

The image of the coiled serpent appears in various forms in mythologies throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, India, and America. In pre-conquest times, Quetzalcoatl—the Precious Serpent—served as a personification of earth-bound wisdom, the arts and eldership in so-called Meso-America, one of seven “cradles of civilization” that also includes China, Nigeria, Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley, and Peru.



Neelanjana Banerjee, the managing editor at Kaya Press and co-editor of the award-winning Indivisible: An Anthology of South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas Press). Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Pank Magazine, The Rumpus, World Literature Today, The Literary Review, and more.

Daniel A. Olivas, the author of seven books including the award-winning novel The Book of Want (University of Arizona Press). His first nonfiction book is Things We Do Not Talk About: Exploring Latino/a Literature through Essays and Interviews (San Diego State University Press). Olivas is also the editor of the landmark anthology, Latinos in Lotusland (Bilingual Press).

Ruben J. Rodriguez, a recent graduate of UCLA, Magna Cum Laude, and an editor at Westwind magazine who has read at UCLA’s Powell Library.



“The dexterous hands of this high-octane trio of editors pull together in one exquisite volume L.A.’s finest of polymorphous polyglot poetic voices. The 150-plus poets disparately drop us into the sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and touch of our planet’s capital: the megalopolis of LA with its hybrid, polylingual, and interstitial peoples. As we brush up with and enter into the lives of the young and old, workers and artists, border crossers and code-shifters. . . . Persians, Asians, Latinos, African Americans, and all sorts in between, great seismic quakes of creativity invite us to feel life at its most sand-dirt blasting harshness as well as its most soothing and sweet. With Coiled Serpent we feel the cyclonic force of poetic talent at the epicenter of change in the making of tomorrow’s planetary republic of letters.”

Frederick Luis Aldama, University Distinguished Scholar and author of Formal Matters In Contemporary Latino Poetry.

Distributor Information:

Coiled Serpent is distributed by Northwestern University Press of Evanston IL and can be ordered by calling 1-800-621-2736. Books can also be obtained at and other book outlets online and from major and independent bookstores, including Tia Chucha’s bookstore.

ISBN: 978-1-882688-52-4. Price: $24.95

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  • Mayra Zaragoza
    published this page in Tia Chucha Press 2017-08-14 12:03:09 -0700

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