August 18, 2000


Manteca Suites: Xicano Scribes and Music Vibes

The Taco Shop Poets are currently accepting poetry for inclusion in an upcoming anthology to be published jointly by the TSP's own Chorizo Tonguefire Press and Calaca Press.

Manteca Suites is intended to be a collection of Xicana/o poetry centered around the organizing theme of music. While it is difficult to characterize or quantify the influence popular culture exerts on us as a people, it goes without saying that music in all its forms and genres crosses cultural boundaries, bridges generational gaps, and inspires us (however indirectly) to create.

We wish to explore this relationship to the vibe and how it has been incorporated into the Xicana/o poetic vision, infected our language, and become part of our being. Whether its banda, hip-hop, jazz, rock en español, punk, techno, or classical that moves you, Mingus, Manu Chao, Vicente Fernandez, Tito Puente or KRS 1 that speaks to you, we are interested in reading its presence in your work. We will review all poems that are written about, influenced by, or reacting to music or musicians. Please read the submission steps that follow then submit your work at our web site: http://tacoshoppoets.org.

Submission Process and Guidelines:

1) Submitted work will be accepted until October 31, 2000
2) All work should be previously unpublished
3) Multiple submissions are okay
4) Spanish or bilingual poems are accepted
5) All work will be reviewed, and authors of selected poems will be notified via e-mail
6) Hard copies of selected poems will be requested prior to publication
7) Payment for accepted poems will be two copies of the published anthology.

The Taco Shop Poets, 619-500-2634, PO Box 126531, San Diego, Ca, 92112.

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