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.
Signature launch events with celebrated poets and scholars in New York, Chicago, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Miami, and San Juan, and public humanities programs in seventy-five libraries nationwide.
Latino Poetry: The Library of America Anthology (September 2024), a groundbreaking collection edited by Rigoberto González for the Library of America series, to be kept permanently in print.
Beginning Fall 2024, grants of $1,200 are available to libraries and other public institutions for programs exploring Latino poetry and its ongoing relevance to American national life.
Applications are open to all public, academic, and community college libraries, museums, and nonprofit community organizations.
Grants may be used for: honoraria for local poets and scholars; travel expenses; actor/performer fees; publicity and promotion; refreshments; or other costs associated with programs.
For more information, please call (212) 308-3360 or email email@example.com.
Latino Poetry is a national public humanities initiative directed by Library of America, a nonprofit publisher and cultural institution, in partnership with the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures and arts organizations, museums, and libraries nationwide.
It comprises signature events in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, San Antonio/Houston, New York City, and San Juan, Puerto Rico; scholar-led public conversations in seventy-five public libraries around the country; a website with resources and a media archive; and a groundbreaking new anthology.
The initiative seeks to center the rich and diverse voices of the Latino poetic tradition, bringing them into conversation with current debates about the history and promise of America. With the guidance and participation of prominent scholars and poets, the programming will examine the extraordinary breadth and range of Latino poetry and its ongoing relevance to our national life.
Latino Poetry is a partnership of numerous arts and cultural organizations, including the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures; the Miami Book Fair and CasaCuba; the Chicago and Los Angeles public library systems; the National Museum of Mexican Art; the Museum of the City of New York and the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center; the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio; the Puerto Rican Endowment for the Humanities in San Juan; the Academy of American Poets; Cave Canem; Poetry Society of America; and the National Book Foundation. Other partners include U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón and Presidential Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco.
Rigoberto González, professor of English at Rutgers University, serves as the project’s Principal Humanities Advisor and editor of Latino Poetry: The Library of America Anthology. He is supported by a national advisory board of poets and scholars.
Library of America is a nonprofit organization that champions the nation’s cultural heritage by publishing America’s greatest writing in authoritative new editions and providing resources for readers to explore this rich, living legacy. You can read more about our work and mission on our website.
Project programs run from September–October 2024 (Hispanic Heritage Month) through April 2025 (National Poetry Month), with signature events taking place in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, San Antonio/Houston, New York City, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, on dates to be announced.
Applications for library and museum programming partners open on September 14, 2023, with a submission deadline of February 15, 2024. Applicants will be notified of their status by March 1, 2024. Click here to apply!
Latino Poetry: The Library of America Anthology will be published on September 3, 2024, and will be kept permanently in print.
Please direct media inquiries and review copy requests to Leslie Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full website will be launched in late spring/early summer of 2024, and will be updated regularly.
You can check this website (LatinoPoetry.org) for all news and updates about the Latino Poetry project, including details on upcoming events and information about the anthology.
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