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Women Warriors of the Afro-Latina Diaspora

Edited by Marta Moreno Vega, Marinieves Alba & Yvette Modestin

ISBN 978-1-55885-746-9

Trade paperback, $24.95

A fascinating look at the legacy of more than 400 years of African enslavement in the Americas, this collection contains eleven personal essays by Latina women of African descent who share their experiences of oppression and disenfranchisement.



¡Manteca! An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets

Edited by Melissa Castillo-Garsow

ISBN 978-1-55885-842-8

Trade paperback, $21.95

Containing work by more than 40 poets, this is the first poetry collection to highlight writings by Latinos of African descent.




Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays and Poetry

By Jasminne Méndez,

ISBN 978-1-55885-861-9

Trade paperback, $16.95

Méndez shares her personal story, writing about encounters with the medical establishment, experiences as an Afro Latina and longing for the life she expected but that eludes her.



Black Cuban, Black American: A Memoir

By Evelio Grillo

ISBN 978-1-55885-293-8

Trade paperback, $13.95

This groundbreaking autobiography spans the author’s life as a black Cuban growing up in Florida in the early twentieth century and his acceptance by and assimilation into the black community in the United States.




Bendición: The Complete Poetry of Tato Laviera

ISBN 978-1-55885-800-8

Trade paperback, $24.95

Tato Laviera’s poetry reflects his bilingual, bicultural Nuyorican existence while celebrating the universality of the human condition and his European, indigenous and African roots.





When Julia Danced Bomba / Cuando Julia bailaba bomba

By Raquel Ortiz with illustrations by Flor de Vita

ISBN 978-1-55885-886-2

Hardcover, $17.95

Introducing children—and adults!—to the Afro-Latino tradition of bomba music and dancing, author and educator Raquel M. Ortiz shares another story for children about her rich Puerto Rican heritage.




Outlaw: The Collected Works of Miguel Piñero

ISBN 978-1-55885-606-6

Trade paperback, $19.95

Part observer, part participant in the turbulent goings-on in his Nuyorican barrio, Miguel Piñero blasted onto the literary scene and made waves in the artistic current with his dramatic interpretations of the world. A co-founder of the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, Piñero died at the age of 41, leaving behind a compelling legacy of poetry and plays that reveal the harsh, impoverished lives of his urban Puerto Rican community.



Survival, Supervivenci

By Miguel Algarin

ISBN 978-1-55885-541-0

Trade paperback, $16.95

In this affecting collection of poetry and prose, Nuyorican poet Miguel Algarin crafts beautifully angry, sad pieces about injustice and loss. With an introduction by Ernesto Quiñonez, author of the acclaimed novel Bodega Dreams, this collection takes the reader through an intimate, autobiographical journey of one of the country’s leading Nuyorican writers and intellectuals.


The Way It Was and Other Writings

By Jesús Colón

ISBN 978-1-55885-057-6

Trade paperback, $12.00

This autobiographical recollection of life and the evolution of the Puerto Rican community in New York City documents the strength, spirit of solidarity and life experiences Colón shared with many other working-class people.




Pioneros puertorriqueños en Nueva York 1917-1947

By Joaquín Colón

ISBN 978-1-55885-335-5

Trade paperback, $12.95

A Puerto Rican activist, Colón worte about he first large wave of Puerto Rican immigrants making a life for themselves in New York City.



Lo que el pueblo me dice

By Jesús Colón

ISBN 978-1-55885-330-0

Trade paperback, $12.95

Jesús Colón was the most prolific and influential Hispanic columnist in early twentieth century New York.  For five decades this self-taught intellectual wrote incisive journalistic commentary from an Hispanic working-class and Afro-American perspective.