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LET A NEW EARTH RISE: RIO GRANDE VALLEY YOUTH ANTHOLOGY (2019)

Called To Rise: Rio Grande Valley Youth Anthology (2018)

Here, from the caldrons of the South Texas borderlands, we behold the truth, many truths — made of desired love, family loss, “raspa stands,” the delight of art and the “Irony that Dreamers can’t dream,” as Golbanoo Sateyesh writes. And there is wisdom, as Luis E. Godinez provides, “Healing is the only rare face/ that needs to spread the news.” Yet, at the core of this dawn-eyed Río Grande Valley collection, we are checked by the heated question of our times —Valeria D. Lorm, unpacks the burn, “ Are you a Citizen of the United States?” To rise, to survive, to find the path of total being in teen zones where the fears of school shootings coexist with expansive possibility – these are the streaming elements that flourish in these poems. Let us salute each poet, each teacher and school, each familia and neighborhood for nourishing these poets busy with the creative tasks of re-imagining Texas and a nation undergoing critical change. Let us salute, Edward Vidaurre and Rodney Gomez, our City of McAllen Poet Laureates. A rare, most needed, and illuminating  set of heart-flamed and soul-chiseled verse — ¡Bravo!
     – Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States 2015-2017
Edited by Rodney Gomez and Edward Vidaurre.
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Forthcoming: Selena Anthology

** SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED **

Are you that person who always plays “Como La Flor” on your cellphone late at night when you are sitting around drinking with friends? Do you sing “Si Una Vez ” at Karaoke night? Do you load up the jukebox with “No Me Queda Mas” on repeat and dance by yourself? Do you always get sad sometime in March and you don’t know why? Because Selena died on March 30th, 1995! That’s me, that’s you. And we can all tell our stories about hearing the news, twenty three years ago, that, possibly, she was dead.

Since then, Selena has been enshrined in tableaus in Mexican restaurants, on candles, in graffiti, in our writings, and in our corazones. Her music is as popular as ever, and so many Tejan@s, Chican@s, and others have been influenced by her.

We are looking to collect fiction, nonfiction, poetry and basically anything else that can be printed on the page, as long as it in some way reflects the spirit of Selena. You will know as soon as you read this if you are someone who should contribute and probably what you should contribute as well. I’ll need all of your contributions by Jan 31, 2019. Don’t hesitate!

No real publication requirements, but try to keep longer pieces under 2500 words. Send all submissions to FlowerSongBooks@gmail.com.

– Editor