(photo courtesy of oscar bermeo. check out his flickr of the event here).

the rumors are true! achiote press spring 2008 chapbooks are now available for purchase at our website.

for those new to achiote press, we publish 2 chapbooks every season and sell them as a pair. one chap is always single authored and the other is our famous chap-journal ACHIOTE SEEDS.

this season, the achiote seeds issue features four writers: CRISTINA GARCIA, BRENDA CARDENAS, EMMY PEREZ, and GABRIELA ERANDI RICO. with all the talk about Latin@ poetry, this issue is a must have.

our single author chapbook is a first for us: a chapter from a novel-in-progress titled SARAME by MARIA TUTTLE. Tuttle’s historical (archival) novel is about the life of an aspiring Opera singer in El Paso, Texas during the early 20th century. another cool thing about the chap is that it features an actual photo of Sarame on the cover, as well as newspaper clippings relating to her life (we were given permission to publish the photo and clippings from the special collections departments of the u of texas at el paso library).

$12 gets you the set of 2 chapbooks, which you can paypal here. if you want to pay by check, please email me: csperez06 [at] gmail [dot] com

i should also tell you that we only make a 100 of each, and the issues tend to sell out fairly quickly (plus we sold a bunch last night)–so act now 😉


Here are the bios of the contributors:

Cristina Garcia was born in Havana and grew up in New York
City. She attended Barnard College and the John Hopkins
University School of Advanced International Studies. Garcia has
worked as a correspondent for Time magazine in San Francisco,
Miami, and Los Angeles. Her first novel, Dreaming in Cuban, was
nominated for a National Book Award and has been widely
translated. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Hodder Fellow
at Princeton University, and the recipient of a Whiting Writers’

Brenda Cardenas‘ chapbook of poetry From the Tongues of Brick
and Stone was published by Momotombo Press (Institute for
Latino/a Studies, University of Notre Dame) in 2005, and her
full-length book Boomerang is forthcoming from Bilingual Review
Press. She also co-edited Between the Heart and the Land: Latina
Poets in the Midwest (MARCH/Abrazo Press, 2001). Cardenas’
work has appeared in a range of publications, including The City
Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century, The Wind Shifts: The New
Latino Poetry, Poetic Voices Without Borders, U.S. Latino Literature
Today, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Prairie Schooner,
RATTLE, and the Poetry Daily web site, among others. With
Sondio Ink(quieto), a spoken word and music ensemble, she co-
produced and released the CD Chicano, Illinoize: The Blue Island
Sessions in 2001. Cardenas is currently an Assistant Professor in
the Creative Writing program at the University of Wisconsin-

Gabriela Erandi Rico (P’urhepecha & Matlatzinca). A Mexican
indigenous writer, poet, and emerging scholar, Gabriela Erandi
was born in Michoacan, Mexico and grew up following the
migrant farm-worker trail along the American West Coast. After
graduating from Stanford, she participated in INCITE’s Sisterfire!
Cultural Arts Tour for Radical Women of Color. As an Ethnic Studies
doctoral student at U.C. Berkeley, she’s interested in exploring
the performance and commodification of indigenous identity and
spirituality in Mexico as well as the displacement of Mexican
indigenous people through urbanization and international
migration. Her poetry has been published in various magazines
and anthologies including We Got Issues! A Young Woman’s Guide
to Living a Bold, Courageous and Empowered Life (2005), Antologia
Anual de Mujeres Poetas en el Pais de las Nubes (2005, 2006, & 2007),
Ahani: Indigenous American Poetry (2006), Mujeres de Maiz (2007),
and Seventh Native American Generation (2004 & 2008). She is the
2007 recipient of the Xochiquetzalli Award for Xicana /
Indigenous Women’s Poetry and will also appear in Rosa Linda
Fregoso’s forthcoming anthology on feminicide in the Americas.

Emmy Perez is the author of Solstice (Swan Scythe Press 2003).
She has received poetry fellowships from the New York
Foundation for the Arts and the Fine Arts Work in
Provincetown, and for her prose writing, the James D. Phelan
Award from the San Francisco Foundation. Her work has
appeared in North American Review, Notre Dame Review, Prairie
Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, LUNA, The Wind Shifts: New Latino
Poetry, and other publications. Audio recordings of some of her
poems are forthcoming online at From the Fishouse
( Originally from Santa Ana,
California, she currently lives in the U.S./Mexico borderlands,
where she is an Assistant Professor in the M.F.A. program at the
University of Texas-Pan American. She also teaches poetry in
local detention centers.

Maria Tuttle was born on the 2nd of May 1974 in Bogotá, Colombia. Her
mother, Elvia Gladys, immigrated to Cincinnati, Ohio, leaving Maria in
Colombia for a period of time. Maria immigrated to Cincinnati as a young
child, eventually becoming a naturalized citizen. She attended Anderson
High School, graduating in 1992. She entered the Art Academy of
Cincinnati that same year, earning a BFA in painting and art history in
1997. Maria entered the writing program at the University of Cincinnati
where she earned an MA in comparative literature in 2002. She has worked
as a fine art book editor for a midsize publishing company, but knew that
she wanted to further her writing education. Within a year of earning her
MA, Maria applied to and was accepted by the Bilingual Creative Writing
Program at the University of Texas at El Paso where she earned an MFA in
creative writing and border studies in 2005. She left El Paso and now
resides in Oakland, CA and is currently working at Los Medanos College in
Pittsburg, California as an English professor. She is also the director of the
Puente Program, a program designed to assist under-represented students
to transfer to 4-year colleges and universities.



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