EL CORAZON

//The New Generation of Gay Latino Poets// Originally appeared in the Ploughshares Blog, August 14th, 2014 Some scholars say that Queer Latina/o writing is fast becoming a major core of the Latina/o literary canon. I say it’s the future of the canon altogether, with some of the most exciting, intelligent, and provocative American writing coming…

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HUIZACHE

//Huizache: The Biggest Little Secret in Texas// Originally appeared in the Ploughshares Blog, July 7th, 2014 As far as literary journal subscriptions go, I only maintain three. I’m one of those writers, and for my sins I mostly miss the great early pieces of writers I come to love years later. This is especially true…

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GABO

//Burnt Memories: Reading Gabriel García Márquez in Texas// Originally appeared in the Ploughshares Blog, May 5th, 2014 It took every fiber of me not to rattle off a quick ditty about Gabo the night after he passed.  I tried, of course, but then where do you stop? Fifteen thousand words? Twenty? In this digital age you’re late…

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LAS DAMAS

//Las Damas: The New Generation of Latina Writers// Originally appeared in the Ploughshares Blog, February 6th, 2014 A student of mine asked the other day if Latinos still wrote. He was dead serious. And by the reddening at the tops of his ears I could tell it was a completely sincere question, a bold one with…

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CLEMENT

//The Newest Big Thing From Latin America// Originally appeared in the Ploughshares Blog, March 10th, 2014 Every once in awhile a book comes across my desk that I read and can’t believe hasn’t blown up bigger already. Jennifer Clement’s Prayers for the Stolen is the thing I’m big on right now, a novel about the…

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PACHECO

//Remembering José Emilio Pacheco// Originally appeared in the Ploughshares Blog, February 6th, 2014 I was 21 years old when I first read José Emilio Pacheco, one of Mexico’s premier literary writers, who died earlier this month. I found him by being nosy, browsing through my friend’s bookshelves while he was having sex with his girlfriend…

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THE BRIDGE

//Walking the Bridge:  American Letters From Latin America// Originally appeared in the Ploughshares Blog, January 19th, 2014 When asked whether he saw himself as a Peruvian writer or an American writer in the New York Times last year, following the publication of his newest novel  At Night We Walk in Circles, Daniel Alarcón replied, “Why should I have to…

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