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.

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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Upcoming Readings

May 17, 2019 at UCLA

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Dodd 147 UCLA

The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States (2017) poetry night highlights these highly accomplished poets from this groundbreaking anthology. Evocative, joyful, resistant, torn, humorous, they cover the range of human experience. Come hear their voices. Event open to all UCLA students and the general public.

Featured Poets: Leticia Hernandez-Linares and Willy Palomo from 6:30 to 7:30 PM

Followed by poets published in The Wandering Song Anthology 7:30 to 9:30 PM

Felix Aguilar - is a Honduran LA-based poet and a physician that has published and performed his poetry
in Honduras, Guatemala, and the US. He works in community medicine.

Iris De Anda is a Guanaca Tapatia poet. She hosts The Writers Underground Open Mic & 100 Segundos
de Soledad on La Banda Elastica Radio. She is the author of CODESWITCH: Fires From Mi Corazon.

Mario A. Escobar is a US-Salvadoran writer and poet. Escobar is a faculty member in the Department of
Foreign Languages at LA Mission College. His bilingual poetry appears in Theatre Under My Skin:
Contemporary Salvadoran Poetry published by Kalina Press and in Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social
Justice published by University of Arizona Press.

Cynthia Guardado is a Salvadoran-American professor of English at Fullerton College. She received her
Master of Fine Arts from California State University Fresno. Her book, Endeavor, was published in 2107
(World Stage Press).

GusTavo Adolfo Guerra Vásquez “No hyphens” (GP- he/him/his) PoetArtista Multi-disciliplinario,
GuatemaLAngelino. He is an administrator, professor & trainer of trainers creating safer & more inclusive
organizations & school communities.

Claudia D. Hernández was born and raised in Guatemala. She is the recipient of the Louis Meriwether
first Book Prize-2018. Her forthcoming memoir, KNITTING THE FOG, will be published by Feminist Press
(July 9, 2019). She edited WOMEN, MUJERES, IXOQ: REVOLUTIONARY VISIONS and is the founder of the
ongoing project: Today’s Revolutionary Women of Color.

Jesus Figueroa Russell was born in Chalatenango, El Salvador. He arrived in the U.S. at age six and is
currently studying bio-anthropology at UCLA.
harold terezón is a Salvadoran published poet that moonlights as a youth educator, artivist, & youth
soccer coach raised in Pacoima, CA. His students & youth players have won various literary awards,
athletic championships & performed at premier literary stages in the Bay Area and in the greater Los
Angeles area.

Thank you to: Chicana/o Studies 20 Central American Histories and Cultures


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