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For nearly five centuries, the rich tapestry of Latino poetry has been woven from a wealth of languages and cultures—a “tremendous continental mixturao,” in the words of the poet Tato Laviera.

Spanning early accounts of colonial expeditions in the Southwest, visions of the mythical site of Chicano origin, Aztlán, and contemporary expressions of diasporic longing and imagination, the Latino poetic tradition brings dazzling insight to what it means to make a home in America, all the while imparting its own distinct rhythms, lyricism, and candor to American verse.

Recognition of the beauty and power of this tradition has grown in recent years, with Latino poets receiving two national and twelve state Poet Laureateships, a Pulitzer Prize, and three National Book Awards. At the same time the questions confronted by Latino poets—of exile and belonging, language and identity, struggle and solidarity, and labor and landscape—have become ever more urgent.

What does Latino poetry reveal about America? How might it help us imagine a more just, joyful, and capacious future?  Places We Call Home, a major public humanities initiative planned for 2024-2025, explores these and other questions through a nationwide engagement with the Latino poetic tradition, illuminating how its legacy of creativity, resistance, and reinvention shapes our evolving aspirations of e pluribus unum.

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Project Director
Max Rudin
President & Publisher
Library of America
Daniel Borzutzky
Associate Professor of English and Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois Chicago
Daniel Enrique Pérez
Associate Professor of Chicanx and Latinx Studies, University of Nevada-Reno
Principal Humanities Advisor
Rigoberto González
Professor of English
Rutgers University
Michael Dowdy
Professor of Latino Literature and Studies, University of South Carolina
Alexandra Lytton Regalado
Poet, editor, translator
Project Manager
Brian McCarthy
Associate Publisher
Library of America
Lauro Flores
Professor of Chicano and Latin American Literatures and Cultures and American Ethnic Studies, University of Washington
Claudio Iván Remeseira
Public Humanities Fellow
Susana Plotts-Pineda
Library of America
Aracelis Girmay
Creative Writing Program, Stanford University
Roque Raquel Salas Rivera
Project Coordinator: Poetry
James Gibbons
Contributing Editor
Library of America
Victor Macías González
Professor of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Eliza Rodríguez
Professor and Chair of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, Loyola Marymount University
Project Coordinator: Web
Ben Lasman
Online Content Manager
Library of America
Tony José Antonio Lucero
Jackson School Associate Director, Chair of Latin America and Caribbean Studies, University of Washington, Seattle
Vincent Toro
Assistant Professor of English, Rider University
Urayoán Noel
Associate Professor of English and Spanish and Portuguese, NYU

Major Funding Provided By:

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National Partners:

Academy of American Poets logoCave Canem logoLetras Latinas logoNALAC logoNational Book Foundation logoMuseum of Mexican Art logoPoetry Society of America logo

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