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Wandering Song Reading & Fundraiser Series

May 30, 2020

Please join us for our second virtual event celebrating The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States edited by Leticia Hernandez Linares, Rubén Martínez & Hector Tobar. This is the first-ever anthology of the Central American diaspora to collect poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction by over 60 writers.

The book immediately sold out upon its release by Tia Chucha Press in 2017, but fear not! The press is working on a reprint that you can help make possible by sharing or donating to the GFM campaign:


A Honduran, LA-based poet and physician, FÉLIX AGUILAR Guatemala, and the US. His works appears in CQ, the Journal of the California State Poetry Society, and other publications. Félix has performed his poems at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York, among other venues. He works in community medicine.”

WILLIAM ARCHILA, author of The Art of Exile, 2010 International Latino Book Award, and The Gravedigger’s Archaeology, 2013 Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize, has been published in American Poetry Review, AGNl, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry, Tin House, and the anthologies Theatre Under My Skin: Contemporary Salvadoran Poetry, and The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext.

IGNACIO CARVAJAL was born in Costa Rica. His bilingual collection Plegarias won first place in the contest Poetic Bridges by Casa Cultural de las Américas and the University of Houston. He’s a member of the Taller Literario don Chico in Costa Rica and the board of directors of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. Ignacio is assistant professor at the University of Kansas.

CLAUDIA CASTRO LUNA is Washington State Poet Laureate (2018-2021). She served as Seattle’s Civic Poet, from 2015-2017 and is the author of Killing Marías (Two Sylvias Press), shortlisted for WA State 2018 Book Award in poetry, and This City (Floating Bridge Press). Castro Luna is the recipient of many grants and fellowships, including an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship, and a Hedgebrook and VONA alumna. Born in El Salvador she came to the United States in 1981.

MAYA CHINCHILLA, author of “The Cha Cha Files: A Chapina Poética,” is a queer Guatemalan writer and educator. She gives readings, lectures, writing workshops and also teaches as a lecturer at UC Davis and elsewhere in Chicana/Latino/a/x Studies and creative writing. She is the editor of the forthcoming “CentroMariconadas” an anthology of queer and trans Central American writing (Kórima Press). Find her at

ROY GUZMÁN is the author of “Catrachos” (Graywolf 2020), the recipient of a 2019 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2017 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow. Raised in Miami, Guzmán lives in Minneapolis.

JANEL PINEDA is a Los Angeles-born poet and the daughter of Salvadoran immigrants. She is an editor and translator for La Piscucha, a literary magazine created by Salvadoran writers. Janel has performed her poetry internationally, in both Spanish and English, and was most recently published in The BreakBeat Poets, Vol. 4: LatiNext. She is currently pursuing an MA in Creative Writing and Education at Goldsmiths, the University of London as a Marshall Scholar.

SUYAPA PORTILLO migrated with her mother from Cópan, Honduras to Los Angeles, California in 1982. Suyapa is a historian and writes about gender, labor, and social movements. She is an Associate Professor of Chicano/a-Latino/a Transnational Studies at Pitzer College.

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