¡Arriba Baseball!

On June 30, 2013, VAO Publishing released ¡Arriba Baseball! A Collection of Latino/a Baseball Fiction, edited by Robert Paul Moreira.

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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.

Book Details
ISBN: 9780615781839
Price: $11.99

Arriba Baseball! Coming June 2013

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

¡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.

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Book Details
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: VAO Publishing (March 10, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615778259
ISBN-13: 978-0615778259
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces


Along the River 2

On November 7, VAO Publishing released Along the River 2: More Voices from the Río Grande. Edited by David Bowles and with a cover designed by painter Noé Vela, Along the River features poetry and prose by a host of local talent.

This volume is the second in a series of annual anthologies that provide a forum for the unique vision of regional writers. Proceeds from its sale will be used by Valley Artistic Outreach to continue providing art camps for children and promoting artistic expression throughout the Valley.

Description: Thirty-nine voices mingle like the currents of the great river, flowing into deep narrative resacas and rushing from lyrical reservoirs. Just as the Río Grande wends its way through basins, bosques, deserts, fields—so these poems, stories and essays explore the variegated quiltwork of border culture, streaming somberly through the darkness and coruscating in the light.

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Yolanda López
Yaresy Salinas
Vanessa Brown
Valeria Espinoza
Sylvia Pérez
Rossy Lima
Rolando Villafuerte
Robert Paul Moreira
Rob Johnson
Rachel Vela
Nina Medrano
Maria D. Piedra
Minnie Vásquez
Michael Pacheco
Linda Romero
Leopoldo Farías
Kristin Keith
Kathy Trenfield Raines
Katherine Hoerth
Juventino Manzano
Juan González
José Hernández Díaz
Héctor Gómez
G.G. García
Érika Saíd
Erika Garza
Edward Vidaurre
Diana Elizondo
Daniel Tyx
Claudia D. Hernández
Clarrissia Nerio
Christopher Carmona
César de León
Brianda Salinas
Angelo Bowles
Amalia Ortiz
Alejandro Cabada
Alan Oak

Book Details
Paperback: 243 pages
Publishing Date: November 17, 2012
Language: English and Spanish
ISBN-10: 0615723764
ISBN-13: 978-0615723761
Product Dimensions: 5.25 X 8

Book Availability
The anthology will be available through Amazon.com as a trade paperback or an eBook. Additionally, eBook versions will be available through Barnes & Noble and the Apple iBookstore. Along the River 2 will eventually be available for order at most national bookstores. To preview and purchase online, navigate to the book’s Amazon page by clicking here.7

New Anthology: Arriba Baseball!

We are seeking submissions for a collection of the best Latino/a fiction that both celebrates and complicates the American pastime tentatively entitled Arriba Baseball!: A Collection of Latino/a Baseball Fiction, to be published early in the spring of 2013.

“Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America,” wrote historian Jacques Barzun, “had better learn baseball.” The first of its kind, Arriba Baseball! seeks to challenge established paradigms within literary baseball fiction, a genre traditionally sustained by works from predominantly white, male authors (such as Bernard Malamud, Lamar Herrin, Eric Rolfe Greenberg, and W.P. Kinsella), and one which has historically excluded the Latino/a voice and other writers of color.

We invite such fiction (up to 5,000 words) concerning the game of baseball which challenges any and all exclusionary ideologies that have historically delimited the sport, and that meditates on the Latino/a contributions and experiences both on and off the field of play. While climactic homeruns and strikeouts are okay, we prefer scoreboards but upside down. We also invite works that confront any of the issues surrounding baseball today, such as (but not limited to) the use of performance-enhancing drugs, queer and feminine performativity in baseball, the globalization of the sport, and baseball’s legacies of white privilege, racism, and male exclusivity in the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, and other countries throughout Latin America where the game continues to flourish.

All fiction must be previously unpublished and of literary quality. Translations and works in Spanish will also be considered. We particularly encourage fiction from Latina and LGBT authors. Please send your work to our submissions manager: http://vao.submittable.com

For more information, contact the editor at baseball@vaopublishing.com

About the Editor
Robert Paul Moreira is an English Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas-San Antonio researching alterity and constructed identities in sports fiction, films, and performance. His fiction, interviews, criticism, and scholarship have been published in a variety of venues, including Aethlon: Journal of Sports LiteratureStoryglossia, Breakwater Review, Emprise Review, Metazen, and the anthologies SOL: Vol. I (SOL, 2012) and New Border Writing (Texas A&M Press, 2013). He is the recipient of two graduate fiction awards from the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers in 2009 and 2010, as well as the Wendy Barker Creative Writing Award in 2011. He serves as a Contributing Editor for Dark Sky Books and head intern for American Letters and Commentary.

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¡Juventud! to Feature Award-Winning Authors

In January 2013, VAO Publishing will release ¡Juventud! Growing up on the Border: Stories and Poetry. Edited by René Saldaña, Jr. (author of The Jumping Tree, The Whole Sky Full of Stars, A Good Long Way) and Erika Garza-Johnson, this YA anthology will feature work by notable authors David Rice, Xavier Garza, Álvaro Rodríguez, Diana López, and others.