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Huizache #6

Huizache #6 has arrived! Our newest issue is great reading, and with the beautiful cover art by legendary Chicano artist John Valdez, you’ll look great reading it! Huizache #6 offers prose from El Paso’s Christine Granados, Denver’s Sheryl Luna, Oakland’s Aida Salazar; from award-winning playwright Octavio Solis, filmmaker/author Jesús Salvador Treviño, and New Orleans’s Bryan Washington. Poets in h6 include California’s Lisa Alvarez, Texas’s Abigail Carl-Klassen, Mexico’s Christina Rivera Garza, New York’s Paco Marquez, Michigan’s Rachel Nelson and New Mexico’s Joaquin Zihuatanejo. And if that’s not enough, we’ve put linocuts by LA printmaker Daniel González throughout the issue. Check out the full contents, or better yet…just buy it right now.


The good folks over at have just posted a video of me talking about Mexican American Literature: A Portable Anthology, an awesome new book I co-edited with Huizache EIC Dagoberto Gilb.

If you don’t know Latinopia, you’ve been missing out. Latinopia is an incredible online resource, full of video interviews, profiles, readings, recipes, music, blogs and all sorts other things Chicano and Latino, with more stuff getting added all the time. The site owes its existence to the tremendous effort and talents of producer Jesus Treviño. Jesus has been gathering materials for pretty much forever, so the site has decades of images and videos that you would never find if not for the site. One of my favorites is a video of José Montoya reading his legendary poem “El Louie” about a pachuco who, just like me and Jesus, is from ol’ EPT.

Huizache Comes to Los Angeles!

Huizache is not just a plant and not just a magazine–it’s a party, too! Last week we held a launch party for Huizache #5 in Los Angeles, complete with magazines, tacos al pastor, and music by the beautiful and talented Lysa Flores! ¿Que mas se puede pedir? This was the second time we’ve done this in LA, and we hope to bring the party to other cities throughout the year. For those of you that missed out, we’ve got pictures from the event.

Here’s singer/songwriter/guitarist/badass-punk-rocker Lysa Flores. She’s backed by the great Alfredo Ortiz (of Ozomatli and Beastie Boys fame) on drums and Giovanni (likely to be famous in the future for his own guitar and singing talents) on bass guitar:


Vickie Vértiz gave an emotional reading of one of her own poems along with a translation of one by her husband:


We also had readings from two poets who appear in the latest issue of Huizache:

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And here’s Dagoberto Gilb with one of our hosts, Héctor Tobar:


from Huizache #5

Huizache #5 Now Available!

Huizache #5 (Fall 2015) is now available! It’s a big and beautiful issue, with cover art by Diana Gamboa and full-color images of the work of Claude Fiddler inside, along with tons of great poetry and prose. If you can’t find it at your local bookstore, tell the owners that you’d love to see it on the shelves. In the meantime, you can buy a copy (or two, or three, or a hundred) through us. The table of contents is below, and there’s even a couple pieces available online so you can have a little prueba before it gets to your mailbox.

Huizache #5, Fall 2015

Vanessa Diaz: Once Was

Vanessa Diaz: La tal Yvonne

María López: The Mud Family Climbs the Mountain

María López: Oysters

Javier Zamora: Abuelita Nelli’s Garden with Parakeet That Says Hijaputa To the Drawer Awaiting My Return

Jessica Helen Lopez: Suzi Writes a Poem

Yago Cura: Certain Blondes

Los Angeles County Jail Sonnets #8

Fernando A. Flores: The Eight Incarnations of Pascal’s Fifth

Monique Quintana: Good Girls

Cornelius Eady: Photo (retouched)

Cornelius Eady: The Grey Goose

devorah major: city scat

devorah major: history of the canary island whistlers

Gina Valdés: Loyalty to the Humble

Gina Valdés: In the Land of Zapata

Manuel Muñoz: Presumido

J.A.GomezM: Every Bird Leaves the Nest

José Angel Araguz: To Lupito on His First Communion

José Angel Araguz: Desire

Lisa Alvarez: Previous Trees

Brandon Williams: Bullshitting with Waiters, Alameda Sushi House

Tonya Wiley: Polaroids of Seattle


Huizache #5, Fall 2015

The fifth issue of Huizache is as stunning as its predecessors: a ’60s throwback cover by Los Angeles artist Diane Gamboa, full-color plates by Caribbean painter Claude Fiddler, poetry by one of the East Coast’s most beloved poets, Cornelius Eady, fiction by the still-rising Chicano star Manuel Muñoz, an essay by a Chicana already in the pantheon, Denise Chávez, a mythic origin memoir by a homeless Colombiana in New York City, María López. Huizache offers work from the edges, the corners, and above all from our own side of America: El Paso, San Antonio, Chicago, Tucson, Austin, San Francisco, Mexicali, Fullerton, San Diego, Fresno, Los Angeles. Alongside work by the well-known devorah major, Glenn Taylor, Pat LittleDog, and ir’ene lara silva, h5 proudly welcomes new voices such as Fernando Flores, Vanessa Diaz, and Javier Zamora.

Huizache continues to thrive in the Latino West, loudly proclaiming the beauty of its bloom. In this era when its roots—its Mexican character, its Mexican heritage—are not just dismissed or ignored but attacked as in a xenophobe’s fantasy cartoon, this magazine expands our artistic boundaries. It exults in the life of those of us who are passively considered not born well or good enough, actively admiring the dynamic work that might otherwise go unseen.

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HUIZACHE’s Fourth Issue!

10646752_896800393680872_2034721228239076362_nHUIZACHE is back, with our biggest (and dare we say best?) issue yet! Our fourth issue features prose by Yvette Benavides, Maria DeGuzmán, Rolando Hinojosa, Dana Johnson, Rubén Martinez, and Maceo Montoya (among others); poetry by Roberto Castillo Udiarte, Tameka Cage Conley, Sandra Cisneros, Carmen Giménez Smith, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Yona Harvey, Terrance Hayes, Sheryl Luna, and Danny Romero (and many more); and a cover by  infamous cartoonist—and soon-to-be yet more notorious when his animated TV show “Bordertown” appears this coming spring on the Fox network—Lalo Alcaraz.

How can we not love that HUIZACHE has its own punk Frida?

A magazine rooted and produced in the Latino West, HUIZACHE represents the finest and most beautiful of those who are not born and bred on the right land, in the right cities, who are too often and too dismissively ignored. HUIZACHE proudly highlights those whose homes too many fly over or drive past quickly and distractedly, missing, as in the desert, the stunning complexity in the brown soil.

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The Biggest Little Secret in Texas

An appreciation of HUIZACHE by Daniel Peña at Ploughshares:

As far as literary journal subscriptions go, I only maintain three. I’m one of those writers, and for my sins I mostly miss the great early pieces of writers I come to love years later. This is especially true of new Latina/o writers, who I think most people miss for various reasons, not least of which is the serious lack of hard-hitting journals that focus on new Latina/o work.

Huizache Issue #3That’s not to say there are none though.Huizache, which is probably one of my favorite journals right now, has quietly carved out a space for Latina/o letters both old and new.

Interview with Diana Lopez, Managing Editor of HUIZACHE

A fresh interview with Diana Lopez:

It’s a short tree with thorns, and it’s considered a nuisance by farmers. Most people think it’s ugly, so you don’t really see huizaches in the nurseries, which only further proves how undesirable it is—so undesirable, in fact, that it gets pulled out like a weed. No matter. It’s a stubborn tree. It comes back, and it blooms gold.

Read more here.

Rolando Hinojosa Wins 2013 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

Dagoberto Gilb, writer and HUIZACHE’s founding editor, was recently in New York to present the 2013 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award to the legendary Rolando Hinojosa. The award, given by the National Book Critics Circle, is named for the first president of the NBCC and is given annually “to a person or institution—a writer, publisher, critic, or editor, among others—who has, over time, made significant contributions to book culture.”  Previous winners include Joyce Carol Oates, Studs Terkel, Leslie Fiedler, Pauline Kael, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, PEN American Center, and the Library of America.

“[Hinojosa] tells the common stories of us, not the predictable cliches and stereotypes,” Gilb said. “He does it in a language that is ours. He tells stories not just about where we once came from, but where we have been and still are.”


From the NBCC award announcement: “The recipient of the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award is Rolando Hinojosa-Smith. At 84, Hinojosa-Smith is the dean of Chicano authors, best known for his ambitious Klail City Death Trip cycle of novels. He is also an accomplished translator and essayist, as well as a mentor and inspiration to several generations of writers. A recipient of the 1976 Premio Casa de las Americas, Hinojosa-Smith is professor of literature at the University of Texas, Austin, where he has taught for nearly three decades.”

See more reactions to Rolando Hinojosa’s award from the Texas Book Festival and the University of Texas at Austin.


Huizache Reading and Reception in Seattle

Please join us February 28, 2014 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at Mexico Cantina y Cocina in Seattle to celebrate the release of the third issue of HUIZACHE, the magazine of Latino literature, with a reading and reception featuring contributors Domingo Martinez, Tim Seibles, and Laurie Ann Guerrero. The event, held in conjunction with this year’s AWP convention, is free and open to the public.

HuizSeattle2aAbout our readers:

DOMINGO MARTINEZ’s work has appeared in Epiphany, The New Republic, This American Life, Huizache, All Things Considered, and Saveur Magazine. He is a regular contributor to NPR’s This American Life and has appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered and The Diane Rehm Show. Martinez was the recipient of the Bernard De Voto Fellowship for Non-Fiction at Bread Loaf Writer’s Colony in 2013, and is a fundraiser and spokesperson for 826 Seattle, the literacy project founded by Dave Eggers. His memoir, The Boy Kings of Texas, was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award, a 2013 Pushcart Prize nominee, a Gold Medal Winner for the Independent Publisher Book Awards, and a New York Times bestseller; it will soon be an HBO series, with Salma Hayek and Jerry Weintraub as executive producers. He lives in Seattle and is currently working on his next book, My Heart is a Drunken Compass (forthcoming from Lyons Press in November 2014).

TIM SEIBLES is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Body Moves (1988), Hurdy-Gurdy (1992), Hammerlock (1999), Buffalo Head Solos (2004), and Fast Animal (2012), which was a 2012 National Book Award finalist. His work has also been featured in the anthologies In Search of Color Everywhere: A Collection of African American Poetry (1994, edited by E. Ethelbert Miller and Terrance Cummings), Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (2009, edited by Camille Dungy), and Best American Poetry (2010, edited by Amy Gerstler). Seibles’ honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, as well as an Open Voice Award from the National Writers Voice Project. Born in Philadelphia in 1955, he now lives in Norfolk, Virginia, where is a member of the English Department and MFA in Writing faculty of Old Dominion University, as well as a teaching board member of the Muse Writers Workshop. He teaches part time for the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA in Writing Program, and is a teacher at Cave Canem.

LAURIE ANN GUERRERO’s first full-length collection, A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying (University of Notre Dame Press 2013), was the winner of the 2012 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. Her poetry and critical work have appeared in Huizache, Texas Monthly, Bellevue Review, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Global City Review, Texas Observer, Chicana/Latina Studies, Feminist Studies and others. A CantoMundo fellow and member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop, she was named one of ten top emerging poets in 2013 by Poets & Writers Magazine. She has served on the faculty at Palo Alto College, University of the Incarnate Word, University of Texas-El Paso, and Gemini Ink, a community-centered literary arts organization in San Antonio. She holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Smith College, where she received the Academy of American Poets Prize, and an MFA in poetry from Drew University. Born and raised in the Southside of San Antonio, she is a visiting writer at San Antonio’s Our Lady of the Lake University.

Copies of all three issues of HUIZACHE will be available at the event, along with $2 tacos and $3 draft beer (courtesy of Mexico Cantina y Cocina).

Mexico Cantina y Cocina is locatred at 600 Pine St. #402 Seattle, WA 98101