Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissonance in Dangerous Times
Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times addresses the tumult and danger of these times, from the perspective of a range of leading novelists, poets, journalists, and political thinkers. These epistolary essays, or essays in letter form, are woven into a passionate narrative, and divided into three sections: “Roots” explores the histories that bring us to this moment, with many letters addressed to ancestors; “Branches” addresses present-day people or communities—a stranger in the supermarket, Baby Boomers, Millennials, white people, artists, the protestors at Standing Rock—and delves into complex questions of our current era; and, finally, “Seeds” looks to the future by speaking to new generations, to sons and daughters, to godchildren, or to imagined children yet to be born, all of them inheritors of what happens now.
Photography. Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Vatos is a tribute to Chicano men — to Latino men, to all men everywhere — created out of love by two of their kind. When you look at these pictures and read these words you are seeing us in our roles as sons, fathers, brothers, and lovers. You are seeing us at our most vulnerable and at our toughest. You are seeing us adorn our bodies, you are seeing us hang with our compas, you are seeing us suffering and learning, and you are seeing us embrace our mothers and our wives and our children and our lives. When you hold this book, you are acknowledging us.
The anthology offers readers an antidote to despair: it is a salve, a balm, a compass, a rallying cry, a lyrical manifesto, a power source, a torch to light the way forward.The contributors are Achy Obejas, Alicia Garza, Aya de León, Boris Fishman, Carolina De Robertis, Celeste Ng, Cherríe Moraga, Chip Livingston, Claire Messud, Cristina García, Elmaz Abinader, Faith Adiele, Francisco Goldman, Hari Kunzru, iO Tillett Wright, Jane Smiley, Jeff Chang, Jewelle Gomez, Junot Díaz, Karen Joy Fowler, Kate Schatz, Katie Kitamura, Lisa See, Luis Alberto Urrea, Meredith Russo, Mohja Kahf, Mona Eltahawy, Parnaz Foroutan, Peter Orner, Reyna Grande, Roxana Robinson, and Viet Thanh Nguyen.
Best Stories of the American West, Vol. 1
Here is a collection of the best contemporary short stories of the American West by a diverse group of writers, young and old, male and female, well-known and not-so-known. And for the first time there appears, side-by-side, the work of so-called “traditional” Western writers, such as Max Evans, Elmer Kelton, and Elmore Leonard, and the “literary” contingent, represented by William Kittredge, Valerie Miner, and Luis Alberto Urrea.
Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape
How to define an arroyo, badlands, eddy, a muskeg? What is a desire path, a kiss tank, a nubble? These words, many forgotten today, refer to various aspects of a landscape to which many of us have lost our connection. Drawing on the polyglot richness of American English, National Book Award–winning author Barry Lopez (Arctic Dreams) assembles 45 writers, known for their intimate connection to particular places, to collectively create a unique American dictionary. Barbara Kingsolver, William Kittredge, Arturo Longoria, Jon Krakauer, Bill McKibben, Antonya Nelson, Luis Alberto Urrea and Joy Williams, among others, vividly describe land and water forms.
Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives
McSweeney’s Voices of Witness series continues with this collection of oral histories from undocumented immigrants, aka “illegal aliens.” Culled from new interviews, the book’s 24 subjects come from around the world (Mexico, China, South Africa, Colombia, Cameroon and others), each offering a vivid, personal, often wrenching and occasionally enraging first-person look into the immigrant experience. With forward by Luis Alberto Urrea.
San Diego Noir
This collection of noir stories set in the San Diego area features Luis’s short story “The National City Reparation Society.”
This collection of noir stories set in Phoenix features Luis’s “Amapola,” which won the 2010 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for best short story.
Lone Star Noir
This collection of noir stories set in Texas features “Who Stole My Monkey?,” written by Luis and David Corbett, which was selected for Best American Crime Writing 2010.
Working the Line
David Taylor’s photographic examination of the contentious territory that is the U.S./Mexico border is organized around a series of approximately 260 obelisks that demarcate this boundary, and which were installed in the late 1880s. After helping David gain access to the U.S. Border Patrol, Luis wrote the forward to this collection.
The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature
Under the general editorship of award-winning cultural critic Ilan Stavans, The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature traces four centuries of writing, from letters to the Spanish crown by sixteenth-century conquistadors to the cutting-edge expressions of twenty-first-century cartoonistas and artists of reggaeton. Features a selection from “The Devil’s Highway.”
The Best American Poetry 1996
Now in its ninth year, The Best American Poetry is universally acclaimed as the best anthology in the field. The compilation includes a diverse abundance of poems published in 1995 in more than 40 publications ranging from The New Yorker to The Paris Review to Bamboo Ridge.