Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Xican@ Press Releases New Book




Aztlan Libre Press, an independent Xican@ press based out of San Antonio, Texas, announces the publication of its fourth book: Nahualliandoing Dos/An Anthology of Poetry in Nahuatl, Español and English.

his 52-page publication includes 28 poems by 19 poets from around the U.S., amongst them such veteran writers as Francisco Alarcón, Carlos Cumpián, Reyes Cárdenas, and Esmeralda Bernal. Other poets include María Cifuentes, Israel Haros López, Miguel Ángeles, Adriana Alexander, Karen An-hwei Lee, Xanath Cáraza, Hector Chavana, Xico González, Scott Hernández, Luisa Leija, Marisol Picazo, Diana Noreen Rivera, Ken “Bluetown” Treviño, Adrianna Herrera and Michelle Zamora.

Many of these writers are educators, scholars and professors; all are writers experimenting with languages, and broadening community. Right now with all of the “brown hysteria” going on in Arizona, the anti-immigrant sentiment, the doing away of the Mexican-American Studies program in Tucson, and the banning of Chican@ and other authors, it is more incumbent upon us as Xican@s to return to our American Indian culture and traditions, and as the Mayan concept of panche be explains: “buscar de raiz la verdad” (to search for truth at its root). We should go back to our roots to recover, or uncover, lost things, one of the most important being the native languages that were decimated and transformed by two

“conquests”: the Spanish and the United States.

This publication continues the work of recovering the original language of the Mexica/Aztec people, Nahuatl, yet placing it in a contemporary Chicano spiritual, cultural, and literary context.

All of the poems selected for this publication include all three languages: Nahuatl, Epañol and English. A glossary of Nahuatl words is also included. Printed on archival and acid free paper.

To purchase Nahualliandoing Dos/An Anthology of Poetry in Nahuatl, Español and English, or other Aztlan Libre Press publications, visit For a review copy, contact Publishers/Editors Anisa Onofre or Juan Tejeda at the telephone number or e-mail address below. Aztlan Libre Press books are also available through Small Press Distribution at