Naomi Ayala, Guest Editor
Introduction to the Spring 2005 Issue
(Volume 6, Number 2)
Expanding Latino Identity
This issue highlights the work of both emerging and established Latino writers and visual artists. While not wholly representative of the rich mix of Latino ethnicities in the Greater Metropolitan area, these writers and artists do provide us with a window into the wealth and development of the thriving Latino arts community here.
We introduce you to the poetry of an African-American/Mexican, an Argentinean, a Canary-Islander/Catalonian, and two Puerto Ricans. The themes of their work range from cultural identity and cultural affirmation to the translation of class issues into everyday life, the current White House administration, the influence of music in healing kept silences, and the power of claiming one’s spirituality and sensuality.
The visual artists—one Argentinean and two Puerto
Ricans—bring us the broad landscape of the indigenous, inside
and outside ourselves, through portraits, city- and landscapes, and
artistic renditions of hieroglyphs from countries that range from Mexico
to Australia. The media through which they speak is as varied as their
Much as in our respective countries, where art and poetry do without borders that divide them, this issue rounds up many mirrors that reflect our people, nuestros pueblos, and our expanding identities.
To find out more about the visual artists featured in this issue, please see the following web sites:
http://www.fragnitoart.com and http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/r/rixturey.
To read more of
this author's work:
Ayala's Tribute to Paul
Lawrence Dunbar: The Memorial Issue
DC Places Issue
Split This Rock Issue
Ayala: Tenth Anniversary Issue
For My New Neighbors Who Walk with Purses, Lips, and Asses Clutched Tight as they .....Hurry Past Me on Their Way to Starbucks with a Cell Phone in One Hand and a Leash .....in the Other
Invoking Marvin at Midnight
The President of the Sankofa Society Sheds His Double Consciousness
New Administration/Nueva Administracion
The Witness Bares His Soul/El testigo se desnuda
Ode to Hairy Women
Passion in Four Movements
Traffic Light Shoot-Out
Greetings from the War
And Miriam Cried
boredom creates opportunity
I Fear the Howling of Hounds