The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States, Tia Chucha Press, 2017 (Northwestern University Press distributor)
Tia Chucha Press presents an anthology of Central American writers living in the United States. It features work that captures the complexity of a rapidly grown community that shares certain experiences with other Latino groups, but also offers its own unique narrative. This is the first-ever comprehensive literary survey of the Central American diaspora by a U.S. publisher, perfect for high school, college, or university courses in U.S. literature, Latino Literature, Multicultural Studies, and Migration Studies.
The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States is a multi-genre collection of poems, short stories, essays, memoir, novel excerpts, and creative nonfiction. The book showcases writers who render a multiplicity of experiences as refugees from the wars of the 1980s to those who barely remember the homeland, or who were born in el norte. These are writers from both coasts and from the middle. Their aesthetics range from hip hop – inflected to high literary to acrobatics in Spanglish. Yet it is a community that shares a history of violence, both here and back home – and the hope, and healing that ensures its survival. They include migrants or children of migrants from countries in the so-called Northern Triangle–El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras–considered one of the most violent places on earth, as well as from Belize, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama.
Leticia Hernández Linares, author of Mucha Muchacha – Too Much Girl and three times San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grantee. Rubén Martinez, the son and grandson of immigrants from El Salvador and Mexico is a writer, performer, and professor of literature and writing at Loyla Marymount University. Héctor Tobar is a novelist and journalist, the author of four books, and the Los Angeles-born son of Guatemalan immigrants
This week, we will feature bookmarks of poetry, a short story, an essay, a memoir, an excerpt, and creative nonfiction from The Wandering Song. Available at amazon.com / tiachucha.org/bookstore / and your local bookstore.
Tia Chucha Press began in 1989 with the publication of Luis J. Rodriguez’s first book, the 19-poem collection “Poems Across the Pavement,” designed by Jane Brunette of Menominee/German/French descent, who has remained as TCP designer ever since. With Jane’s artistic skills for covers and inside pages, and Luis as founding editor, the press began publishing the best collections of the thriving Chicago poetry scene – home of the Poetry Slams – featuring poets such as Patricia Smith, David Hernandez, Michael Warr, Lisa Buscani, Tony Fitzpatrick, Cin Salach, Carlos Cumpian, Elizabeth Alexander, and more.
“The Wandering Song” Central American Writing in the United States, prelude by Leticia Hernández-Linares