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In light of everything we have been hearing in the news lately, Tia Chucha Press is proud to present the first-ever comprehensive literary survey of the Central American diaspora in the United States. A collection of works written by Central Americans living in the U.S., the anthology captures the complexity of the rapidly growing community that share certain experiences. Poems, short stories, essays, memoirs, novel excerpts, and creative nonfiction come together to showcase the multiplicity of experience aesthetically ranging from hip-hop inflected to high literary to acrobatics in Spanglish.
Writers who have emerged from countries labeled as the top most violent places on earth in the so-called Northern Triangle—El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—as well as from Belize, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama,. The Wandering Song “offers a literary soundtrack where there was mostly silence, and assembles a spine that can withstand the telling of who we are in this country”. With more than four million Central Americans residing in the U.S., The Wandering Song brings together our understanding of home and what it means to belong.
Tia Chucha Press’ latest book, The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States, features some seventy poets, fiction writers, essayists, and memoirists in the first literary anthology of Central American writers of the diaspora. Edited by Leticia Henandez Linares, Ruben Martinez, and Hector Tobar, this beautifully designed book should be part of every Ethnic Studies, Chicano Studies, Central American literature classes, and English literature classes at university, college, and high school levels. It features the work of writers like William Archila, William Gonzelez, Javier Zamora, Maya Chinchilla, Jorge Tetl Argueta, Cynthia Guardado, and more with roots in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Belize, and Panama. No other book being published today promises to be as important in present-day U.S. arts and letters as The Wandering Song.
Leticia Hernandez Linares, the author of Mucha Muchacha – Too Much Girl and a three-time San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grantee, is a daughter of Salvadorian family born in Los Angeles who has been living, writing, and working in San Francisco’s Mission District since 1995.
Ruben Martinez is a writer, performer, and professor of literature and writing at Loyola Marymount University. He is the son and grandson of immigrants from El Salvador and Mexico.
Hector Tobar is a Los Angeles-born son of Guatemalan immigrants. He is an author of four books, and a novelist and journalist.
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