FlowerSong Books Poetry 2020 Forthcoming Authors

  • Dreaming: A Tribute To Selena QuintanillaPérez, edited by Odilia Galván Rodríguez
  • the most spectacular mistake you make, by Anatalia Vallez
  • Huelga, by Jessica Ayala
  • Ese golpe de luz, by Gabriel González Núñez
  • Despojo, by Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez
  • Codex of Love: Bendita ternura, by Liliana Valenzuela
  • Corta la piel / It Pierces the Skin, by Xánath Caraza
  • Pearl, by Tom Murphy
  • Screw The Wall, by Juan Perez
  • Notes from the Last Age, by José Chapa
  • No Way To Die, by Dario Beniquez
  • Yellow Eye Tea, by Diana Elizondo
  • Border Lust & Brujeria: Cantos Of A Tejano Beat Poet, by Hector Gomez
  • Driving into Black Mountains, by Sarah Joy Thompson

FlowerSong Books takes submissions all year long. We have a quick response rate. Send manuscripts to flowersongbooks@gmail.com

We are currently reading poetry for 2021, prose, short stories, and novels for Winter 2020 and beyond

Coatlicue Girl A Bilingual Collection of Poems and Stories by Gris Muñoz NOW AVAILABLE!

Foreword by 

   Luis Alberto Urrea  

Tonantzin in El Paso

I first became aware of Gris during my many visits to El Paso related first to my books about The Saint of Cabora. My tia, Teresita. I hung out with the Byrds, of Cinco Punto Press, and my friend Benjamin Saenz. Crawled cemeteries and Segundo Barrio. Shopped for curandera herbs in Juarez. Then came back to write about the town for various publications.  

At the height of the narco depredations across the river, Gris appeared in my inbox. 

Having come up amidst the Chicano revolutionary days, a time when we were all seemingly a familia, we all worked on mad projects and world-saving Quixotadas, and nobody was ever formal with each other, I fell right in with her. Esta Gris seemed to believe, like I still do, that it is 1977 and we are all together saving the Raza and the country. She reminded me of all the homies and warriors I knew then

–Alurista, Angela de Hoyos, Ricardo Sanchez, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Rudy Anaya. You can fill in the blanks: pick any santa or santo who stood up and cried out for us.

Although she was discreet about her output, I slowly became aware of her writing, and of her dreams. And I was thrilled when the many words she was crafting and sharing in anthologies and journals coalesced into this first book. It is a vivid, wind-swept thing, this ritual. Multi-lingual, woven with faiths that are ancient and various and somehow one. Feminist, ancient, sophisticated and fervent. Gris moves from poetry to prose and back again. Like so many great Chicana scriptures laid down in our pasts, this is an announcement of arrival and a crie de coeur.

But let us never forget it is also a crie de guerre.  

This is the border, cabrones, the mero desierto. This is Apache blood in the veins. This is a dancer and a poet and a healer talking. A rock and roll curandera with a syncretistic religious heart. Tossing off chains as she goes.

I soon started to recognize Gris. I started to see the same spirit that moved in Teresita, La Santa. And the medicine women who taught me their secrets so I could write my books. That’s when I started calling her Tonantzin.

So happy this immense journey has begun. May many travel with you, hermanita.

L.A.U.

Chicago c/s

Now Available: Mowing Leaves of Grass by Matt Sedillo

“Matt Sedillo is stone-cold the best political poet in America. Every wildly inventive line is the snap of a switch-blade. Forget the pretentious toffs who poetize for the NPR crowd. Sedillo is Vengeance — the one we’ve been waiting for.” 

—Greg Palast, Author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and recipient of The George Orwell Courage in Journalism Award

$17.00 includes shipping. Order your copy today!

Events & Readings with FlowerSong author jo reyes-boitel

upcoming events

  • November 1 : Panelist at Mundo Zurdo Conference (full program here), Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
  • November 15, 6pm : Reading at Bella la Brew, presented by Aransas County Poetry Society, Rockport, TX
  • December 1, 3pm : Annual Peace Market at Esperanza Peace & Justice Center
  • December 7, 6pm : Sound Museum SATX, featuring new music, spoken word, and digital art, MBS Southtown, 1115 S Alamo. Presented by Darren Ryan | No Reality TV, San Antonio, TX
  • January 2020 : details to come, opening for Wendy Barker, Twig Bookstore, San Antonio, TX
  • February 27-29, 2020 : Panelist at Peoples Poetry Festival, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX
  • March 6, 2020 : AWP off-site reading, Queer poets at Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, San Antonio, TX

Poetry Workshop by jo reyes-boitel, author of Michael & Josephine

If you wondered about the novel in verse, wonder no more! I will be teaching a novel in verse course over 4 weeks at Gemini Ink. “Notes to Gilgamesh: Crafting a Novel in Verse” is a wonderful starting point for understanding the form, its history, and its use in modern storytelling. The class will also let you get started on your own novel in verse. Don’t miss this class!

FlowerSong Books Pushcart Prize Nominations, 2019

FlowerSong Books is pleased to submit the following FSB family nominations for the 2019 Pushcart Prize in Poetry. We are excited to have their excellence represent the press!

Jo Reyes-Boitel – House Sitting for San Martín de Porres

Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros – Blessed Be The Mother

Eduardo Vega – I Didn’t Write This Poem For You

Odilia Galván Rodríguez – The Color of Light

Reyes Cárdenas – Tortured Barrio Songs

FIRST LOOK: MOWING LEAVES OF GRASS

POEMS BY MATT SEDILLO

“Matt Sedillo is stone-cold the best political poet in America.  Every wildly inventive line is the snap of a switch blade. Forget the pretentious toffs who poetize for the NPR crowd.  Sedillo is Vengeance — the one we’ve been waiting for.”

–Greg Palast, Author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and recipient of The George Orwell Courage in Journalism Award 

“It’s the poets who inspire me and Matt is one of the finest of a generation. “

– Roxeanne Dunbar Ortiz, Author of an Indigenous People’s History of the United States and recipient of the The Lannan Lifetime Achievement Prize for Cultural Freedom

“Matt Sedillo’s poetic work is full of history, struggle, tragedy, anger, joy, despair, possibility and faith in the struggles of working class people to overcome the forces of capitalism and racism. If Patrice Lumumba, Rosa Luxembourg, Emiliano Zapata and Ella Baker were alive today, they would all be reading and sharing Matt Sedillo’s work with their comrades in service of organizing the next revolution. He is truly the poet laureate of struggle.”

– Paul Ortiz, Author of Emancipation Betrayed  and Director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program

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

FlowerSong Books Author Showcase

First Look: Tortured Barrio Songs

Reyes Cardenas, Chicano poet, has a new book out with FlowerSong Books. Tortured Barrios Songs is really not one book, but a trinity of three books, each tied to and adding to the understanding of the others. Cárdenas brings to bear, once again, his signature no-holds-barred humor, crossed with a stinging criticism of the injustices of being poor in America, something reflected sharply in all three sections of the book:

  • Andrés Sobaco, El Numbnuts, a flowing and painfully beautiful novel-in-verse set in the West Side barrios of San Antonio
  • El Ocho Patas, a darker, more philosophical and metaphorical tale of the man with eight legs
  • Canciones Desesperadas, a collection of poems unveiling the formative root experiences of the poet and other real people in his Vonnegut-style karass of a barrio

Together, they make a book both irreverent and yet somehow filled with respeto for life and the universe. The tender sacrileges with which he addresses God, or Christ, or La Llorona, remind us of a man whose tragedies have been so crushing that the hope within him has become even more persistent, and even more resilient.