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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Call for Submissions: Junta: Avant-Garde Latino/a Writing

Latino/a writers have historically embraced
experimentation of form and craft as a way to explore
their culture. Even so, much of Latino/a writing,
published in the United States, has been limited to
particular approaches to subject and style that have
been validated by mainstream publishers. Rarely, if
ever, does the writing express the immense diversity
of aesthetics practiced by artists in the Latino/a
community.

In addition, the reality of a U.S. Latino/a
Avant-Garde is virtually non-existent in contemporary
literary discourse about "Latino/a Art" as well as
across the literary spectrum.

Sunstone Press, an independent publisher in Santa Fe,
NM is producing an anthology that will be edited by
poet Gabriel Gomez.
The anthology will feature Avant-Garde poetry and poetics by contemporary
Latino/a writers. The tentative publication date is
fall 2007.

The anthology will first appear at a conference in
Santa Fe, NM, scheduled for October 2007, and will be
available nationwide thereafter.

Caveat Emptor

It is not the intention, with this anthology, to
categorize and codify certain Latino/a writers as
“Avant-Garde” nor to establish any notion of a
preferred aesthetic. The objective is to interrogate
the very terms "Avant-Garde" and "Latino/a
experience" as intersecting locations of poetic
practice so as to bring forth work that bears witness
to our varying aesthetics as artists and thinkers. The
ultimate goal is to encourage both readers and
publishers to recognize the breadth of Latino/a
writing and thus deepen the public's understanding of
the Latino/a experience.

Guidelines:

Please submit up to five poems. Manuscripts should not
exceed 15 pages. Include a cover page with your name
and contact information as well as the titles of your
poems. Your name should not appear on the poems
themselves.

Writers are asked to submit only electronic versions
of the poems. Send as MS Word attachments only. Both
MAC and PC platforms are acceptable.

Submit work to junta.anthology@yahoo.com

Writers whose work is accepted for the anthology will
be asked to write a poetics statement no longer than
750 words.

Deadline

All manuscripts submitted by January 10, 2007 will be
considered. Contributors will receive two copies of
the book upon publication

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