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               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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The Bolero of Andi Rowe

Winner of the Miguel Mármol Prize and Mariposa Award finalist, this collection of inter-related stories delves into the life of Andi Rowe—a young woman of Mexican and Irish heritage—to give an intimate account of one family’s passage from the immigrant story to the American story, and the cycle of loss, adaptation, and rediscovery that is innate to that experience.
Set largely in Los Angeles’s San Gabriel Valley, and crossing generations and borders, these stories focus on the quiet moments between explosions, where tension simmers just beneath the surface. From a Border Patrol agent whose own mother crossed the border illegally to a lonely woman seeking companionship with her hired day-laborer, characters seek revelation in the most ordinary of experiences, their actions filled with humor, longing, and honesty.
In the tradition of Flannery O’Connor, Toni Margarita Plummer explores themes of grace and redemption as each story spirals toward a surprising but inevitable conclusion. The Bolero of Andi Rowe, an impressive work by an exciting new talent, offers a compassionate look at the struggle between meeting cultural expectations and seeking happiness, and the sacrifices and triumphs made along the way.

Praise for The Bolero of Andi Rowe:

“Heartfelt stories of girls who ache to live in any other world than the one given them and who disastrously believe falling in love is the only way to get there.  American tales for the new millennium.”—Sandra Cisneros

“The quiet intensity of the Toni Margarita Plummer’s prose masks the unexpected destinations of these narratives.  Each story is an astonishing and insightful journey that takes the reader into the various and sometimes conflicting spheres these sentient characters inhabit with remarkable grace and aplomb.  The Rowe family and others in this collection must navigate the tricky terrain of being neither this nor that, an unmapped region of cultural otherness that complicates, challenges, and ultimately enriches not just our understanding of the Latino experience, but of what it means to be a human being.”—Lorraine López, author of The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters

“A beautiful collection that captures lives poised on various poignant edges, the edge of adulthood with a piñata hidden under the bed, the edge of the law in a sketch of borderland desert, the edge of a lovelorn heart as song lyrics get scribbled in the darkness.  In these ten stories, each rendered with tender and evocative detail, Plummer’s characters find themselves between the comforts of home and the mysteries of the larger world, and it is a credit to her skill as a storyteller that we root for these people as they head forward, onward, into the unknown.”—Michael Jaime-Becerra, author of This Time Tomorrow and Every Night Is Ladies’ Night

978-0-8101-2767-8 * Curbstone Books * June 2011 * Paperback * $17.95

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Wise Latinas
Writers on Higher Education
Edited and with an introduction by Jennifer De Leon

Wise Latinas is a collection of personal essays addressing the varied landscape of the Latina experience in higher education. For some Latinas, college is the first time they are immersed in American culture outside their homes—and where the values of two cultures often clash. Featuring acclaimed writers such as Sandra Cisneros, Norma Cantú, and Julia Alvarez, to name a few, Wise Latinas shows that there is no one Latina college experience. With thoughtful and engaging pieces, Wise Latinas provides a platform for Latina writers to share their experiences in higher education and gives a voice to the many Latina women who have taken risks, embraced the new, confronted change, and maintained (and in some cases found) their roots.

Contributors include Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alvarez, Jennine Capo Crucet, and Lorraine M. Lopez.

Praise for Wise Latinas:

“While it focuses on Latina experiences, the emotional truths these writers express have a broader resonance.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Together [these essays] present a nuanced picture of the determination, sorrow, and sacrifice conjoining a young Latina’s decision to attend college and graduate school.'”—Booklist

978-0803245938 * University of Nebraska Press * March 2014  * Paperback * $25


All about Skin
Short Fiction by Women of Color

Edited by Jina Ortiz and Rochelle Spencer

All about Skin features twenty-seven stories by women writers of color whose short fiction has earned them a range of honors, including John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships, the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the Flannery O’Connor Award, and inclusion in the Best American Short Stories and O. Henry anthologies. The prose in this multicultural anthology addresses such themes as racial prejudice, media portrayal of beauty, and family relationships and spans genres from the comic and the surreal to startling realism. It demonstrates the power and range of some of the most exciting women writing short fiction today.

Contributors include Ramola D., Patricia Engel, ZZ Packer, Emily Raboteau, Metta Sáma, and Xu Xi.

Praise for All about Skin:

“Each candid, creative writer…sets taut dramas in motion in which archetypal human pursuits are cruelly and absurdly complicated by gender and race, adding up to a provocative and commanding collection.”—Booklist

“Intriguing…Similar to Wild Women Don’t Wear No Blues, this strong collection will appeal to lovers of stories by and about women and literary fiction.”—Library Journal

All about Skin is electrifying and absolutely necessary. Within you will find the true heart of a literature.”—Junot Díaz

978-0299301941 * University of Wisconsin Press * November 2014 * Paperback * $24.95

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