Call for work from Acentos Bronx Poetry Showcase

Acentos is a community-based organization fostering audiences for Latino/a literature through the discussion, promotion, teaching, performance, and publication of work by Latino and Latina writers. In our various incarnations, we have been a reading series, an online journal, and a poetry workshop.

This book will document the history of the organization and showcase the depth of Latino poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in the years since Acentos was founded. The writers represented in the archive of Acentos participants—in its readings, workshops, and public events—represent the deepest possible cross-section of genres, styles, and ethnicities; from the academic to the non-academic; from text to ear; to all schools of creative writing. The book will seek to complicate and deepen the narratives that make up the labels Latino and Latina literature; it will provide an alternative piece of scholarship for students and teachers of literature to (re)consider the American literary canon; and it will remind its readers that pan-Latino/a identity and solidarity in the literary world and the world at large has a home in Acentos.

If you have been a featured reader for the Acentos Bronx Poetry Showcase from 2003 to the present, if you have written poetry in the Acentos Writers’ Workshops, if you have been a participant on an Acentos reading or panel, or if you have been published in The Acentos Review, we invite you to send your work to the editors, Rich Villar, Oscar Bermeo, and Raina Leon, at the email address acentosanthology@gmail.com.

Deadline for all submissions is DECEMBER 23, 2011.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

-For your work to be considered for publication, you must have a) been a featured reader at the Acentos Bronx Poetry Showcase between 2003 and the present; b) published work in The Acentos Review; c) attended at least four sessions of the Acentos Writers’ Workshops or been a fellow in one of its two intensive workshops, OR d) been a participant in a public reading or panel sponsored by Acentos.

-Your cover letter is the body of the email you use to submit work. In it, please indicate where you fall in the above rubric.

-All submissions must be emailed, submitted as an attachment in .doc, .docx, or .pdf formats only.

-In the subject line, please indicate the genre you are submitting to, followed by a comma, followed by your full name. (Example: POETRY, John Doe)

-Submissions in multiple genres are okay, BUT please send your submissions to each genre in separate emails.

-Please include your name, snail mail address, email address, and daytime telephone number on the header of each page of the submission, and number each page.

-Though we definitely prefer unpublished work, we will consider previously published work, as outlined below:

FOR POETRY: Three to five poems in a manuscript no more than ten (10) pages in length. Poems submitted may either be unpublished poems, or poems previously published with the Acentos Review, or work published within the last two years from the date of this call, properly attributed.

FOR FICTION: One or two pieces, 500-7500 words in length. Pieces may either be unpublished pieces, or pieces previously published with the Acentos Review, or pieces published within the last two years from the date of this call, properly attributed.

FOR NONFICTION: One or two pieces, 500-2000 words in length. Pieces may either be unpublished pieces, or pieces previously published with the Acentos Review, or pieces published within the last two years from the date of this call, properly attributed.

Thank you all in advance for your time and talent, and we look forward to hearing from each and every one of you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the editors anytime at acentosanthology@gmail.com.

Saludos,

Rich Villar, Oscar Bermeo, and Raina Leon

Editors

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While I was Gone a War Began

While I was gone a war began.
Every day I asked friends in Rome
to translate the news.
It seems I saw this story
in a Hollywood movie…

…Remembering Revelation I wanted to laugh,
the way a nonbeliever remembers Sunday School
and laughs, which is to say
after flood and rains,
drought and despair,
abrupt invasions,
disease and famine everywhere,
we’re still left dumbfounded
at the persistence of fiction.

While I was gone
continents exploded–
the Congo, Ireland,
Mexico to name a few places…

“What good have all the great writers done?”
an Italian dissident asked, as if
this new war were my personal charge.
“What good your poems,
your good intentions,
your thoughts and words
all for the common good?
What lives have they saved?
What mouths do they feed?
What good is your blue passport
when your American plane blows up?”
the Italian dissident asked in a rage.
“Forced out of his country
the poor African selling trinkets in Italy,
does not hesitate to kill other blacks
not of his tribe.
What is the bad guy? Who is the last racist?
Who colonizes in the twenty-ifrst century best:
the Mexican official over the Indian
or the gringo ranchero over the Mexican illegal…”

–excerpts, 1998, Chicago.
“I ASK THE IMPOSSIBLE” poems (Anchor Books, NY; 2001)

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La Tolteca E-Zine call for submissions!


La Tolteca E-zine
A zine which features the writing and artistic production of the Ana Castillo workshopistas
Announcing Call for Submission to forthcoming issue. Deadline: September 16th, 2011 5 p.m. CST.
Submit all works for consideration to: tolteca@anacastillo.com
THEME this fall is: Childhood.
We accept for consideration writing in any genre up to 1300 words.
Previously published works are accepted if permission rights are held by the author.
Check out Year 1 on-line. This year will be an exciting year featuring new writers and artists.
We proudly welcome the novelist, Montserrat Fontes as our guest editor.

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2011 Writer Residence

Congratulations to Loana Valencia and Anita Hernandez, both from Southern Cal. who were writers in residence this summer at El Cielito con Nopales. Loana Valencia is part of a women writers group in L.A. that started as an off-shoot of my memoir writing workshops. She will be one of the new editors of the e-zine La Tolteca this coming year.

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Ana Castillo paintings in group show Los Angeles

Ana Castillo Paintings in Group Show in L.A.

Lunar Eclipse of June 15, 2011

Lunar Eclipse of June 15, 2011

Posted by News Technology Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Lunar EclipseLunar Eclipse

June and July will be big months for sky watchers, with two partial solar eclipses and one total lunar eclipse.

Unfortunately, none of these will be visible from North America. But hey — there are always photos.

In the late hours of June 15, a lunar eclipse will be visible to the whole world except North America. Between 11:52 p. m. on June 15 and 2:32 a. m. on June 16, the moon will be completely covered by Earth’s shadow.

Africa, the Middle East and Southwest Asia will be able to see the full eclipse. In South America and Europe, people will be able to view the eclipse early as the moon rises in the sky, and it will be visible as the moon sets in Australia and Asia.

Before June 15, another eclipse will happen that will start on Thursday and end the day before on Wednesday. It will happen in the high Arctic, known as the land of the midnight sun, and will be able to be seen by the northernmost parts of Asia, North America and Europe.

The eclipse will start on June 2 in the northern areas of China and Siberia, and then it will move across the Arctic, across the International Date Line, and end in the early evening on June 1 in the northeastern part of Canada.

One month after this, another lunar eclipse will happen, but it won’t be visible to anyone because it will happen in Antarctica, which is below the horizon except for part of Madagascar where no one lives anyway.

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Combating Sexual Assault and Violence Against Migrant Women Farmworkers

Combating Sexual Assault and Violence Against Migrant Women Farmworkers

CHICAGO April 8th

Noon – 3 p.m.

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Ana reads “Chicken”


San Antonio, September 26, 2009

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Writing Herstory

THIS THURSDAY, March 3rd

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

KEYNOTE:  Siebel Center Room, 6 p.m., reading and booksigning

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Ana Castillo

now on Facebook

 

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