The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States

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Tia Chucha Press is proud to reprint our successful anthology of Central American writers living in the United States. This collection features work that captures the complexity of a rapidly growing community that shares certain experiences with other Latino groups, but also offers its own unique narrative. 

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.


WE DID IT!!! Thanks to you!!!


Events planned for the 2nd release of The Wandering Song

Dates to be announced.

We will be setting up online readings to celebrate the reprint of TWS. Stay connected with us on our INSTAGRAM @tiachuchapress and FACBOOK @tiachuchapress


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.



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.

Here is a link to our orignal campaign and see all the support and contributions to make this reprint happen. 

Thank you so much to everyone that supports this book!


~ Tlazokamati ~

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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