“UH’s Arte Público Press (APP), the nation’s oldest publisher of contemporary and recovered Hispanic literature in the United States, is celebrating 35 years of promoting the voices of Latino writers. The press humbly grew out of a magazine with a subscription base of approximately 5,000 followers. Once the magazine started publishing regularly, the editors discovered schools were using their materials for educational purposes.
“‘During the 1970s, when ethnic studies classes were being started at universities, there were very few texts that could be used, so the magazine quite often was used as a text in the classroom,’ said Nicolás Kanellos, University of Houston Brown Foundation Professor of Hispanic Studies and director of APP. ‘It became so successful that we started publishing special issues on topics. We decided that if we could publish special issues, we could publish books.’”
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