New Work by Barbara Jane Reyes
AZTLAN LIBRE PRESS ANNOUNCES NEW PUBLICATION
BY AWARD-WINNING POET BARBARA JANE REYES:
FOR THE CITY THAT NEARLY BROKE ME
Aztlan Libre Press, an independent Xican@ press based out of San Antonio, Texas, announces
the publication of its fourth book: For the City that Nearly Broke Me, by award-winning poet and
educator Barbara Jane Reyes.
This collection of 28 poems is Barbara Jane Reyes at her urban political and poetic best.
M. Evelina Galang, author of Her Wild American Self and One Tribe, writes: “Scribe of global
soundscape, Reyes builds upon the heartbeat of literary and blood ancestors, feeding her ‘mythic
thirst for home’ as she journeys back to cities devastated and torn by the politics of race, history,
class and sexuality, greeting her like an outsider. And still, despite the cities’ fall from grace, each
gritty image, drawn on multiple languages and rhythms, is a love song, a reflection, a naming of
the self. Bittersweet, powerful and precise, I adore this important book and the work of Barbara
Barbara Jane Reyes was born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and literary reviews, and
she is the author of six books including Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010), which was a finalist for
the California Book Award, and Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005), which received the
James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets. She has taught at Mills College, and
at University of San Francisco Philippine Studies Program, and is the Co-Editor of Doveglion
For the City that Nearly Broke Me is the inaugural publication in Aztlan Libre Press’ Indigenous
Voices Series. The Indigenous Voices Series will publish important literary, artistic and cultural
works by other American Indians and World Indigenous Voices.
To purchase For the City that Nearly Broke Me, or other Aztlan Libre Press publications, visit
http://www.aztlanlibrepress.com/ 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 http://www.spdbooks.org/