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    Burn The Wagon: Call For Submissions

               Burn the Wagon Chapbook Series Our city’s official logo proudly proclaims El Monte’s place at the “end of the Santa Fe Trail.” The white covered wagon at the center of the logo places white Americans as El Monte’s “pioneers.” Indigenous people that occupied these lands before and the Mexican, Latino, […]

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Publishing Job in El Monte

I don’t know this company at all, but I was excited to see there’s a publisher in El Monte. And they’re hiring! Velásquez Press, an educational publisher, is hiring a Bilingual Assistant Editor. See the posting here.


Calling all Latina Outsiders!

More good news–awhile back I got a story accepted into this anthology, Latina Outsiders: Remaking Latina Identity. Now the project is under contract with Routledge, which means it will one day be a book! As someone who has often felt like a Latina outsider, I am thrilled to have my work included in this anthology. The editor is the fabulous Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta.

Here are some of the characters/people/ideas you may find in the book, taken from the submission call: Latina skate culture/roller derby, shunned Latina intellectualism, Latina hipsters/emos/rockabilly/punk/rockers, Politically radical Latinas, Independent Latina film, Latinas of Rock en Español, Latina hippies, Latina comic book artists, Latina spray can artists.

Awesome, no? My Latina outsider is not mentioned. I wonder if you can guess who she is. Here is your only hint: my story is titled “Just for Standing Out.”

East of East Under Contract!

South El Monte Arts Posse has done it! They’ve organized the essays they commissioned into a book proposal and now East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte is under contract with Rutgers University Press! I am so honored to have my creative nonfiction piece included, alongside pieces by Alex Espinoza, Carribean Fragoza, Michael Jaime-Becerra, and Salvador Plascencia. This is going to be a phenomenal book, of deep interest to those living in El Monte and South El Monte, but also to many others. I will report more once I know about the publication date, etc. For now, I just want to share the good news and praise Romeo Guzman, Carribean Fragoza, Ryan Reft, and Alex Cummings for their great passion and dedication in soliciting, organizing, and putting into a cohesive whole these important pieces about the history and culture of Greater El Monte. Their vision is inspiring and makes me even prouder to hail from South El Monte.

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Between Editor Websites

I’ve discontinued my editor website while I look for a new place to set it up. I am still taking clients. If you’re interested in my services, please feel free to write me at: toni.m.kirkpatrick@gmail.com.


Latina Writers Workshop It!

I declare my first time leading a fiction workshop a success! Thanks to these talented and insightful women. It was a pleasure reading their work and discussing it with the group. The staff at Word Up were so friendly and accommodating. Thanks to Latinx in Publishing for setting this up!


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