Magazine article Americas (English Edition)

White Pine Press at 25, Secret Weavers at 10

Magazine article Americas (English Edition)

White Pine Press at 25, Secret Weavers at 10

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One of the most exciting developments in U.S. publishing during the past two decades is the emergence of new houses featuring Latin American fiction in English -- either in translation or written by U.S. Hispanics in that language. At a time when many North American publishers are abandoning serious fiction and poetry in favor of how-to books and formulaic novels, small presses have made an increasingly firm commitment to literature. Publishers such as Arte Publico, Floricanto, Ediciones del Norte, and White Pine Press not only publish innovative and engaging new writing, but also bring to North American reading audiences fresh voices from the Hispanic world.

White Pine Press, which celebrates its twenty-fifth birthday this year, has been a leader in the field. Located in Fredonia, New York, White Pine was established in 1973 by poet and translator Dennis Maloney. It originally published only poetry but later broadened its editorial scope to include fiction and nonfiction. Over the years, the press has made its mark in the literary world by producing prizewinning books, including The Mama Poems, by Maurice Kenny (1984 American Book Award) and Roberto Juarroz's Vertical Poet : Recent Poems (1992 Rocky Mountain Booksellers Award). It has published over 160 titles, and many of its books are required reading on university campuses in the United States.

In 1987 White Pine Press initiated the Secret Weavers Series, which features the work of Latin American women. Series editor Madorie Agosin says that Secret Weavers presents for the first time in English the most powerful and striking voices of twentieth-century Latin American women writers . …

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