Los Angeles Times features CentroVictoria's Huizache Magazine

May 4, 2013 at 12:04 a.m.

CentroVictoria made national news last week when the Los Angeles Times featured Huizache magazine.

The magazine is a Latino literary publication from University of Houston-Victoria's Center for Mexican American Literature and Culture.

LA Times book editor Hector Tobar interviewed Dagoberto Gilb, CentroVictoria's executive director and Huizache's founding editor, about the significance of Huizache, described as the "ferocious riposte to those writers and editors who perpetuate a one-dimensional vision of the Latino U.S."

"What I want Huizache to do is . to raise the awareness (and market viability) not only for publishers but also to educate our own about our own beyond what's marketed by East Coast publishing," Gilb said.

Huizache's debut issue, featuring writers Sandra Cisneros, Sherman Alexie, Aracelis Girmay and Gary Soto, shows the industry that there is a market for complex literature from the real population of the West.

The second issue follows the lead of its inaugural edition, featuring leading voices in Latino literature.

It also highlights the Librotraficante Movement, founded to defy Arizona's prohibition of Mexican-American Studies.

Huizache also features fine visual art, including the cover art by Cesar Martinez and Patssi Valdez and the panoramic photography of Houston photographer Chuy Benitez.

Huizache's third edition features National Book Award finalists Domingo Martinez and Tim Seibles, laureate poets Juan Felipe Herrera, Carmen Tafolla, Alejandro Murgia and Cristina Garci. It will be out in the fall.



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