The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States

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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.



The Birth of a New Anthology
As soon as its original release in 2017 from Tia Chucha Press, established in 1989,The Wandering Song, a first-ever Central American anthology shared its story all around the country and immediately sold out. Authors requested more copies, teachers sought it out, students wanted to use it for reference, and media wanted copies to review.

The Wandering Song is unique in that it captures the Central American story with multiple voices representing their homes, challenges, triumphs, and human experience; whether assimilating into a complex North American standard of living or preserving the delicacies of culture and family tradition. With over 60 authors in this collection, these voices capture a community often overlooked.


Why Reprint The Wandering Song?

Celebrating 30 years as a thriving small press, Tia Chucha Press has survived on bare bones operational budget. Typically we publish 2 titles a year and most of our publishing efforts have upfront costs. With this, it has been difficult to reprint The Wandering Song ourselves.

With much praise from our community of scholars, authors, friends, and literary enthusiasts, The Wandering Song has been well received and sought after. We have academics from all over the country inquiring about this anthology with an interest of including it in their curriculum. It is with the fiery resilience of our readership, and the support of our authors, that we are seeking to raise the monies needed to reprint The Wandering Song

What It Takes 

Our goal is to raise $6000 in order to edit, reprint, market, and distribute 1000 copies of the anthology. 
Our deadline is to raise this money by December 9, 2019. 
This way we can get it onto our print schedule for a tentative debut in Spring 2020

With your support, we are confident that this anthology would make its way into mass academia, representing real Central American narratives, and offering these perspectives to students and readers. This book creates community amongst its readership and brings a ‘lil piece of home to each of us...because we are all wanderers, and see ourselves inside each others’ stories. Sometimes we say things the same way, sometimes we change it up, but it all comes back to the human connection we all share; enjoying the same sun, and living under the same sky.


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Edited by:

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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