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"Corazón Collective's Poetry Unveils a Tapestry of Latine Voices, Love, and Resilience"
THERE IS SO MUCH I WANT TO TELL YOU invites readers to draw closer and immerse themselves in the beautifully-chaotic world of these five Latine poets. This collection beckons you to embrace the thorns of Corazón Collective experiences, cherishing the duality inherent in carrying both the weight of death and the healing balm of medicine. THERE IS SO MUCH I WANT TO TELL YOU is a muse,, allowing you to witness these extraordinary writers' profound journeys, wounds, and triumphs.
Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Latinx Studies. LGBTQ+ Studies. Women's Studies.
”The Corazón Collective is a five-pointed star reaching out across the southwest, unapologetic in their pursuit to liberate us with poetry and mystical mayhem! Individually, each poet here carries her own rucksack of flavors and ideas and concerns, but collectively they are shapeshifters, an amoeba shrinking and expanding, utilizing all the tools in the box, from staggering free-verse to cityscape zen like observations. The voices and music and razor insights are relentless and timely, and I'm grateful to the Goddess that they are hitting the open roads to spread word about this visionary anthology!” – Tim Z. Hernandez, author of Some of the Light
”These poetas write from the heart and the gut, the ombligo y la matriz, from the third eye y el alma. Any one of them has so much to tell us, at times coaxing, at times pulling us in by the collar, at times recounting a dream, sleep still in our eyes. Here, together, they remind us that everything—a sleepless night, a poet’s life, love, grief, bougainvillea, the body—is fleeting. Everything changes. And in the change, they capture the beauty of thorns, a sparrow’s nest, a dress strap re-sown. They have so much to tell you. Listen.” – Michelle Otero, author of Vessels: A Memoir of Borders
”THERE IS SO MUCH I WANT TO TELL YOU: A CORAZÓN COLLECTIVE ANTHOLOGY, is a collection of Fierce Mother Poems. Uncompromising Woman Poems. Powerful unforgettable Sister Poems. Witnesses we become, to others, to ourselves, to those inside and outside of us, to the Spirits who visit us still, and have found their home in this formidable reckoning. These are poems to haunt, to lift us up from our chairs, to salute the sun, and wonder from which direction the wind is coming. I salute each poet: Carmen Calatayud, jo reyes-boitel, Angelina Sáenz, ire’ne lara silva, Jen Yáñez-Alaniz for the ferocity, bravery, and beauty of your words. Casa Camino Real Bookstore was honored to host the Corazón Collective Tour on their epic journey into the heart of La Frontera. We will never be the same. ¡Aaaaaajjjjjuuuuaaaaghhhh! X 5” – La Maestra Denise Chávez, author of Loving Pedro Infante and A Taco Testimony
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A poet and fiction writer, ire'ne lara silva has been an active participant in the literary culture of Austin, Texas, for many years. Her first collection of poetry, furia, was published by Mouthfeel Press in 2010. She is the recipient of the Gloria Anzaldúa Milagro Award and a 2010 Cantomundo Inaugural Fellowship. She is also the author of FLESH TO BONE (Aunt Lute Books, 2013). Author City: AUSTIN, TX USA
Jen Yáñez-Alaniz is a Chicana Mestiza activist, educator, and poet. She is a PhD Fellow in Culture, Literacy, and Language at the University of Texas, San Antonio. As co- founder of Welcome: A Poetry Declaration, she brings awareness through equity-driven conversations centered on the preservation of language and language literacy. Her work, Matrilineal Poetics: Toward an Understanding of Corporeality and Identity is featured in Latinas in Hollywood Herstories. Her poetry is published in various journals and anthologies including an extensive critical biography of Carmen Tafolla in Chicana Portraits, edited by Dr. Norma E. Cantú. She is the author of Surrogate Eater (Alabrava Press).
Angelina Sáenz is an award-winning educator and poet. She is a UCLA Writing Project fellow, an alumna of the VONA/Voices Workshop for Writers of Color and a Macondo Writer's Workshop Fellow. Her poetry has appeared in venues such as Diálogo, Split this Rock, Out of Anonymity, Angels Flight Literary West, Every Other, Cockpit Revue Paris and The Acentos Review. Her debut book of poetry Edgecliff was released in December of 2021 with FlowerSong Press. Her second collection, Maestra, also with Flowersong Press, released in December 2023.
jo reyes-boitel is a poet, playwright, and scholar. jo is also a queer, mixed-Latinx parent working in community. Somehow born in Minnesota, their family calls Texas, Florida, Mexico, and Cuba home. Recent and forthcoming publications include Huizache Magazine, OyeDrum Magazine, Scalawag Journal, The Ice Colony, Windward Review, Chachalaca Review, The Americas Review, and Your Impossible Voice. jo serves as an advisory editor for FlowerSong Press, supporting the press' mission in lifting voices from, about, and throughout the borderlands. They are also advisory editor for Red Salmon Arts/Resistencia Bookstore.
Carmen Calatayud was born in the U.S to immigrant war survivors, a Spanish father and Irish mother. Her book In the Company of Spirits was a runner-up for the Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman Award and was an Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize finalist. Her poetry has appeared in print and online in journals such as Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, Virginia Quarterly Review and Verse Daily, and numerous anthologies. She is a Larry Neal Poetry Award winner and a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellow. Carmen is a somatic psychotherapist and DC native who lives in San Antonio, Texas.