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College Q&A: Fall 2013 edition of Huizache features Latino poetry and prose

By By Jeremy Shapiro
Dec. 21, 2013 at 6:21 a.m.


While on the University of Houston-Victoria campus last week, I briefly skimmed through a publication called Huizache. What type of magazine is it, and how can I get a copy?

Huizache is a national literary magazine produced by the staff CentroVictoria, University of Houston-Victoria's center for Mexican American literature and culture.

The third edition of Huizache was released in October and has quickly earned praise in the literary community.

"I've heard a lot of positive feedback about the journal because there really isn't another publication featuring these types of works," said Huizache editor Diana Lopez.

The 199-page third edition featured a new design and articles from several acclaimed writers, including National Book Award finalists Domingo Martinez, Cristina Garcia and Tim Seibles. Martinez will visit Victoria on April 24 as part of the American Book Review Spring Reading Series.

Other Huizache articles feature works by California's poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, Pulitzer Prize winner Hector Tobar and Reyes Cardenas, a poet who worked on the Mars Rover.

The cover art is a print done by Gronk, a Chicano visual artist from Los Angeles.

"Our goal is to feature well-known Mexican American artists on the cover," Lopez said. "We want to make Huizache a showplace for the visual arts of our community."

The name of the magazine, Huizache, comes from an acacia tree that is native to Mexico but also grows wild in South and East Texas. It irritates farmers because no matter what they do, it keeps growing and populating.

"We named it Huizache because we try to feature writers no one else wants," Lopez said.

Renowned author Dagoberto Gilb is the founding editor of Huizache and executive director of CentroVictoria, which is housed within the UHV School of Arts & Sciences.

A release party for the third edition took place at the Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin on Oct. 25. About 70 people attended, and writers from New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis and all over Texas shared their works from Huizache.

"The best part was seeing how excited they were to be a part of our magazine and to know that Huizache is providing a home to so many voices that would otherwise go unheard," Lopez said. "They were thrilled to be a part of the journal. It was great to see the community come together. It gave us a chance to talk with the writers and them a chance to meet each other."

The fall 2013 edition of Huizache costs $15 and is available online. For mail orders, checks can be made out to UHV and sent to Centro Victoria, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St., Victoria, TX 77901.

For more information about CentroVictoria and Huizache subscriptions, visit centrovictoria.net.

Do you have a question about the University of Houston-Victoria? Contact Jeremy Shapiro, UHV communications specialist, at 361-570-4296 or shapiroj@uhv.edu.

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