[Blackstudies-l] New Book: “¡Manteca! An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets”

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ivetteromero posted: " ¡Manteca! An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets, edited
by Melissa Castillo-Garsow, was recently published by Arte Público Press
(2017). This poetry collection, focusing on writings by Latinos of African
descent, includes poetry by Sandra Maria Esteves, Ped"
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*¡Manteca! An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets, edited by Melissa
Castillo-Garsow, was recently published by Arte Público Press (2017). This
poetry collection, focusing on writings by Latinos of African descent,
includes poetry by Sandra Maria Esteves, Pedro Pietri, Miguel Piñero, among
many others.*

*Description (from Amazon
<https://www.amazon.com/Manteca-Anthology-Afro-Latin-Melissa-Castillo-garsow/dp/1558858423>):*
"We defy translation," Sandra Maria Esteves writes. "Nameless/we are a
whole culture/once removed." She is half Dominican, half Puerto Rican, with
indigenous and African blood, born in the Bronx. Like so many of the
contributors, she is a blend of cultures, histories and languages.

Containing the work of more than 40 poets equally divided between men and
women who self-identify as Afro-Latino, *¡Manteca!* is the first poetry
anthology to highlight writings by Latinos of African descent. The themes
covered are as diverse as the authors themselves. Many pieces rail against
a system that institutionalizes poverty and racism. Others remember parents
and grandparents who immigrated to the United States in search of a better
life, only to learn that the American Dream is a nightmare for someone with
dark skin and nappy hair. But in spite of the darkness, faith remains.
Anthony Morales' grandmother, like so many others, was "hardwired to hold
on to hope." There are love poems to family and lovers. And music salsa,
merengue, jazz permeates this collection.

Editor and scholar Melissa Castillo-Garsow writes in her introduction that
"the experiences and poetic expression of Afro-Latinidad were so diverse"
that she could not begin to categorize it. Some write in English, others in
Spanish. They are Puerto Rican, Dominican and almost every combination
conceivable, including Afro-Mexican. Containing the work of well-known
writers such as Pedro Pietri, Miguel Pinero and E. Ethelbert Miller, less
well-known ones are ready to be discovered in these pages.

For more information, see https://www.amazon.com/
Manteca-Anthology-Afro-Latin-Melissa-Castillo-garsow/dp/1558858423 and
https://artepublicopress.com/product/manteca-an-anthology-
of-afro-latin-poets/

For more on the editor, see http://afamstudies.yale.edu/
people/melissa-castillo-garsow
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