¡Qué Bueno! Literary Magazines for Latino and Bilingual Writers
By Lauren Rheaume
As The Acentos Review website states, “The debate may rage forever as to who or what constitutes Latin@ art...We are already here, writing the histories of our neighborhoods, following the traditions of our ancestors, as well as the poetic traditions that came before us.” Whereas Latino writers may be among the underrepresented, underappreciated artists of our world, there are certainly many outlets carved out specifically for them to display their talents. There are also many encouraging communities out there, like the Latino Writer’s Collective of Kansas City, and the Facebook community Con Tinta which “believes in affirming a pro-active presence in American literature,” for Chicano and Latino writers. So, to the writers of the Spanish language, to all Hispanics, Latinos, Chicanos, here are the literary magazines specifically eager to celebrate your writing.
The Acentos Review shoots from the spring that is the Acentos Bronx Poetry Showcase and The Acentos Foundation in supporting the work of Latin@ writers. The Acentos Review publishes poetry, fiction, memoir, interviews, translations, and artwork by emerging and established Latino/a writers and artists four times a year. The Latin@ community is international and so, too, do we pledge to represent that international community. We welcome submissions in English, Spanish, a combination of the two, as well as the use of indigenous languages.
Azahares is UAFS's premier Spanish-language literary magazine. The primary purpose of this magazine is to provide students and community members with a literary space for writing that presents the themes of the Latino experience. The azahar, or orange blossom, is a flower of special meaning. Representative of new life and purity, azahares form part of the iconic tradition of the Spanish-speaking world, embodying a freshness of spirit and perspective captured with this publication. Although Azahares predominantly highlights student work, submissions are open to all members of the community.
Bilingual Review. Publishing since 1974, the Reviewcontinues to feature quality articles in the areas of bilingualism, bilingual education, and ethnic scholarship, as well as the best creative literature by established and emerging Hispanic writers. You will also find book reviews, publication notices, and a section of professional announcements of upcoming events.
Huizache. CentroVictoria of the University of Houston-Victoria is excited to announce a new literary magazine, Huizache, featuring poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Huizache seeks works that challenge ethnic, gender, or social stereotypes, and though the magazine’s focus is Latino, it is not limited to it.
Intramuros. Founded by Sheila and Mary Beltran Cremaschi Gambier in Buenos Aires in 1994, the Intramuros magazine dedicated to the genres of biography, autobiography and memoirs. Post testimonials written by Spanish and international. It is a pioneer of its kind in Spanish. With support from the Ministry of Culture of Spain, Intramurosis distributed in Spanish public libraries.
Latin American Literary Review is a scholarly journal devoted to the literature of Latin America and Brazil. It is published semiannually in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Since its appearance in the Fall of 1972, the magazine has been very well received, and has aroused national and international interest. It is directed by Dr. Yvette Miller, professor of Spanish.
Letras Libres is a monthly magazine of criticism and creation, founded in 1999 and inherited the tradition and spirit of the Vuelta magazine founded by Octavio Paz. With two editions, one in Mexico and one in Spain, Letras Libres convenes the best minds to address in its pages the necessary and urgent issues of global debate and at the same time offer its readers the best samples of prose and poetry. This website was first a digital archive of the print magazine and eventually went into a room with a proposed range of content and a wide variety of interests, voices and ways of expression.
Palabra Magazine of Chicano & Latino Literary Art is about exploration, risk and ganas—the myriad intersections of thought, language, story and art—el más allá of letters, symbols and spaces into meaning. It’s about writing that cares as much about language and its structure as about content and storytelling—and that shows awareness of and attention to the possibilities of both. Mostly it's about work with the emotional fiber that threads all honest art.
Phat’itude is an attractive quarterly that publishes poetry, fiction and essays written by both emerging and established writers of diverse origins whose works exhibit social, political and cultural awareness. PLMis looking for the best works that can capture the imagination of our readers and the writing community that we support and admire. Be sure to check out the ¿WHAT’S IN A NOMBRE? Writing Latin@ Identity in America issue of Phati’tude that just came out in April!
Raleigh Review. In addition to our guidelines for poetry and flash fiction, we would like to see works using the legitimate rules of writing in dialect and vernacular English. RR's poetry and fiction editors are trained in the linguistic models of variety in language, and we have a socio-linguist on our board of directors.Poems/stories written in African American English, Spanish English, Appalachian English, Outer Banks Brogues, Lumbee English, Cherokee English, etc., will receive close readings.
Rio Grande Review is the literary magazine of The University of Texas at El Paso, and it is run by graduate students from the Bilingual Creative Writing program. We publish texts both in English and in Spanish, and although our main focus are fiction and poetry, we also consider essays, non-fiction, art and plays. RGR is mainly distributed in Texas, but this year we are widening our coverage to the US, Latin America and Europe. (See The Review Review's interview with editor Roberto Santos here.)
Lauren Rheaume is the director of marketing and outreach for The Review Review.