Elizabeth Acevedo Wins National Book Award for Young People’s Literature With Debut Novel ‘The Poet X’

This is a tremendous win for the AfroLatinas and Dominicanas everywhere who found themselves in the story of young Xiomara.

  • Nov 15, 2018
  • 4:00 pm

Stories From El Salvador: I Am THAT Salvadoran

Who doesn’t like pupusas, who doesn’t dance cumbias, who refused to have a quinceañera because I always disliked dresses and pink shit.

  • Oct 31, 2018
  • 11:36 am

Stories From El Salvador: My Mother

I’ve never understood my mother’s paranoia when she hears certain words.

  • Oct 24, 2018
  • 9:32 am

To All Who Teach, How Do We Educate in the Midst of So Much Hate? (POEM)

Will we unpack lies/that stigmatize, criminalize and dehumanize

  • Aug 8, 2018
  • 11:47 am

American Generosity? (A POEM)

Don’t sell us your mythology/Call it what it is

  • Jul 13, 2018
  • 9:51 am

Reflections From a LA Weekend Protest About Immigrant Families: A Poem

Radical activists/Speaking truths

  • Jul 2, 2018
  • 11:10 am

A Poem on Family Separation and Detention

Don’t you hear the cries?

  • Jun 27, 2018
  • 10:21 am

Open Letter Written by 26 Women Academics About Junot Díaz Says Media and Tweets Are to Blame

“The resulting characterization of Díaz as a dangerous and aggressive sexual predator from whom all women must be protected reinforces racist stereotypes that cast Blacks and Latinxs as having an animalistic sexual ‘nature.'”

  • May 14, 2018
  • 4:32 pm

Junot Díaz’s Mask: This Is How He Lost It

The award-winning author, recognizing his protected status, based his career and existence on misogyny, to the point that he could no longer differentiate the sexism portrayed in his fiction from his real life mistreatment of women—particularly women of color.

  • May 10, 2018
  • 9:11 am

Junot Díaz Lays Out Some Serious Truth About Representation in New NPR Interview

“We are not the stories that people who are full of hate tell about us”

  • Apr 6, 2018
  • 11:39 am

Cruising With Nayto (A SHORT STORY)

I have always been nervous about visiting my old neighborhood.

  • Mar 20, 2018
  • 1:59 pm

The Irish Soldiers of Mexico: 20 Years Later

¡Viva México! ¡Viva Irlanda!

  • Mar 16, 2018
  • 9:18 am

Luis Alberto Urrea’s THE HOUSE OF BROKEN ANGELS Triumphs in All Its Mexican-American Glory

This is Urrea, a hell of a writer who’s wickedly funny, writes sex scenes like Neruda, and constructs his 60-plus-years narrative with the care of an urban planner.

  • Mar 12, 2018
  • 8:51 am

East LA (A POEM)

My father told me things/As I came of age

  • Mar 1, 2018
  • 4:17 pm

The Duel of the Smileys

My mother Carmen often sent me to La Paloma Market, while my brother Salomon watched I Love Lucy reruns.

  • Feb 24, 2018
  • 2:19 pm

Juan Rulfo, Rediscovering a Literary Giant

It’s a bit of a mystery why Rulfo remains so unfamiliar in the United States compared with similarly popular Latin American authors who have managed to attract wide followings in English translation.

  • Feb 22, 2018
  • 8:05 am

Thoughts and Prayers (A Poem)

i will not remain silent

  • Feb 15, 2018
  • 9:24 am

THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK: The Most Important Book Published During the First Year of the Trump Presidency

My heart pounded in my chest—not once in my life had I seen a book (fiction) about someone so much like me.

  • Jan 22, 2018
  • 5:59 am

The Fourth King (A POEM)

Sweet baby boy, Christ child,
do not fear me

  • Dec 28, 2017
  • 11:01 am

Read the Powerful LA CADENA, an Award-Winning PEN AMERICA Fiction Piece Written by a Latino Inmate

The scuffle died down as quickly as it had started and monotony returned to the alleyway.

  • Dec 1, 2017
  • 12:16 pm