FlowerSong Books nurtures essential verse from the borderlands. A division of VAO Publishing, the imprint is named for the Nahuatl phrase in xōchitl in cuīcatl—literally “the flower, the song,” a kenning for “poetry.”
The first poetry book from one of the most distinctive voices in South Texas, Unwoven is an unflinchingly honest exploration of Chicana womanhood along the border, a scattering of quetzal feathers and jade that celebrate the achingly lovely paradox of life on the edges and in the middle. Playful, artful, and wholly memorable, these poems prove Erika Garza-Johnson deserving of her enduring moniker: La Poeta Power.
With Unwoven, VAO Publishing launches its new FlowerSong Books imprint, dedicated to the publication of fantastic poetry from the borderlands.
We are accepting submissions for our third Along the River anthology. Visit the submission site to send us your poetry, prose and images.
On June 30, 2013, VAO Publishing released ¡Arriba Baseball! A Collection of Latino/a Baseball Fiction, edited by Robert Paul Moreira.
From Dodger Stadium to the Astrodome, from the Río Grande Valley to Chicago, from Veracruz to Puerto Rico, from high-school teams to stickball in the streets, from the lessons of fathers to the excited joy of daughters, from massive cheering in the stands at Wrigley Field to the dynamics of family and community echoing on the diamond, these fifteen stories use the sport of baseball to explore geographical, cultural and dream-like spaces that transcend traditional notions of the game and transform it into a universal yet wholly individual experience.
Featuring the work of Dagoberto Gilb, Norma Elia Cantú, Nelson Denis, Christine Granados, René Saldaña, Jr., and many more.
VAO Publishing is looking at a June publication date for Arriba Baseball!
Here’s the line-up of all-stars:
Foreword by Peter C. Bjarkman
Introduction by Robert P. Moreira
“Uncle Rock” by Dagoberto Gilb
“Los Tecolotes” by Norma Elia Cantú
“Chasing Chato” by Wayne Rapp
“Recollections of a High School Benchwarmer” by Daniel Romo
“Down the Line” by Edward Vidaurre
“One Inning at a Time Till Nine” by René Saldaña, Jr.
“Ritualidades” by Juan Antonio González
“Baseball Over the Moon” by Kathryn Lane
“Juan Bobo” by Nelson Denis
“Tomboy Forgiveness” by David Rice
“So Much for the Cubs” by Melissa Hidalgo
“The Noble Roman” by Pete Cava
“The Heat” by Thomas de la Cruz
“Good Father” by Christine Granados
“You’ll Hit It Over Anzaldúas Bridge” by Robert Paul Moreira
¡Juventud! Growing up on the Border is an anthology of Young Adult short stories and poetry written by award-winning authors for Hispanic youth. Edited by René Saldaña, Jr., and Erika Garza-Johnson, the collection is slated for a March 10 release.
Book Description: Borders are magical places, and growing up on a border, crossing and recrossing that space where this becomes that, creates a very special sort of person, one in whom multiple cultures, languages, identities and truths mingle in powerful ways. In these eight stories and sixteen poems, a wide range of authors explore issues that confront young people along the US-Mexico border, helping their unique voices to be heard and never ignored.
¡Juventud! features the work of David Rice, Xavier Garza, Jan Seale, Guadalupe García McCall, Diana Gonzales Bertrand, and many others.
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: VAO Publishing (March 10, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces
We are happy to announce that author and editor Brian Carr has signed on to manage the Border Noir anthology. More details forthcoming.