Voices from Afro-Latino Culture
¡Manteca! An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets
edited by Melissa Castillo-Garsow
Containing the work of more than 40 poets—equally divided between men and women—who self-identify as Afro-Latino, ¡Manteca! is the first poetry anthology to highlight writings by Latinos of African descent. The themes covered are as diverse as the authors themselves. Many pieces rail against a system that institutionalizes poverty and racism. Others remember parents and grandparents who immigrated to the United States in search of a better life, only to learn that the American Dream is a nightmare for someone with dark skin and nappy hair. Containing the work of well-known writers such as Pedro Pietri, Miguel Piñero and E. Ethelbert Miller, less well-known ones are ready to be discovered in these pages.
Women Warriors of the Afro-Latina Diaspora
edited by Marta Moreno Vega, Marinieves Alba and Yvette Modestin
A fascinating look at the legacy of more than 400 years of African enslavement in the Americas, this collection of personal stories is a must-read for anyone interested in the African diaspora. The authors included are from all over Latin America—Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Panama, Puerto Rico and Venezuela—and they write about issues such as colonialism, oppression and disenfranchisement. Each is deeply engaged in her community, and they all use their positions to advocate for justice, racial equality and cultural equity.
Bendición: The Complete Poetry of Tato Laviera
by Tato Laviera
Introduction by Laura Lomas
Preface by Nicolás Kanellos
Tato Laviera explores identity, community, urban life, oppression and much more in these multi-layered pieces that spanned his too-short life. Many deal with themes specific to the immigrant experience, such as the sense of alienation many feel when they are not accepted in their native or adopted land. Including all of his previously published poems and some that have never been published, these are bold expressions of hybridity in which people of mixed races speak a combination of languages.
Black Cuban, Black American: A Memoir
by Evilio Grillo
Introduction by Kenya Dworkin y Méndez
Arte Público Press’s landmark series “Recovering the U. S. Hispanic Literary Heritage” has traditionally been devoted to long-lost literary and historic works by Hispanics of decades and even centuries past. The publication of Black Cuban, Black American marks the first original work by a living author to become part of this notable series. The reason for this unprecedented honor can be seen in Evelio Grillo’s path-breaking life.
Pioneros puertorriqueños en Nueva York 1917-1947
by Joaquin Colón López
Preface by Olimpia Colón-Aponte
Introduction by Edwin Padilla
Joaquín Colón (1896-1964) was a Puerto Rican activist and writer who, in his later years, felt compelled to recount the history of the first large wave of Puerto Rican immigrants making a life for themselves in New York City. Here, published for the first time is the original Spanish-language manuscript he left behind, a document rich in detail and insight of the evocation of the previously unknown personalities who fought the struggles of labor and political organizing in the early century. An early Hispanic activist in the Democratic Party of Brooklyn, Colón was a pioneer in organizing and motivating political action by Puerto Ricans.
Outlaw: The Collected Works of Miguel Piñero
by Miguel Piñero
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 around him through experimental poetry, prose, and plays. His depictions of pimp bars, drug addiction, petty crime, prison culture and outlaw life all drawn from first-hand experience astound the faint-hearted, as Piñero poetizes an outlaw vernacular meant to shock proper, bourgeois culture.
by Miguel Algarin
Introduction by Ernesto Quiñonez
In this affecting collection of poetry and prose, Nuyorican poet Miguel Algarin crafts beautifully angry, sad pieces about injustice and loss. Algarin’s poems covering his long career give voice to the disenfranchised—the junkie, the HIV afflicted, the poverty stricken—and survival is a recurring theme. While many of the poems focus on the Puerto Rican experience in New York, others touch on universal experiences such as the death of friends and the ephemeral nature of life.
Bluestown Mockingbird Mambo
by Sandra María Esteves
Bluestown Mockingbird Mambo is Sandra María Esteves’ third collection of poetry. Her first book of poems, Yerba Buena (1981), was revolutionary in establishing an urban Latina woman’s choice and aesthetic. Bluestown Mockingbird Mambo takes all of the rhythmic, bluesy potential and the women’s poetic militancy of Yerba Buena and brings them to full, resplendent, funky bloom. In this volume she blends the oral tradition with the literary tradition in a fusion of spiritual, blues and women’s poetics.
by Jesús Colón
Edited by Edna Acosta-Belén and Virginia Sánchez-Korrol
The Way It Was and Other Writings is an autobiographical recollection of life and the evolution of the Puerto Rican community in New York City and its major figures and organizations. The book documents the strength, spirit of survival and solidarity, and life experiences that Colón shared with many other working-class migrants and politically radical communities.
Lo que el pueblo me dice
by Jesús Colón
Edited, with an Introduction, by Edwin Karli Padilla Aponte
Jesús Colón was the most prolific and influential Hispanic columnist in early twentieth century New York. Lo que el pueblo me dice is the first compilation of his Spanish-language crónicas (journalistic chronicles of everyday life), including the various series that he wrote from the 1920s to the 1940s under the pseudonyms Miquis Tiquis and Pericles Espadas as well as those published under his own name. The three decades of writing represented reflect the development of the Hispanic community in the city, its primary concerns, hopes and aspirations, as well as its pitfalls and conflicts.