There is a growing movement of people who are interested in the incredible U.S. Latino/a writers and artists who have turned to science fiction, fantasy, and other speculative genres. Latino/a Rising: An Anthology of U.S. Latino/a Speculative Fiction will introduce the public to the work of these writers and artists.
With the exception of Edward James Olmos’ Bladerunner and Battlestar Galactica, positive U.S. Latino/a characters have been largely absent from mainstream speculative fiction novels and films. Films such as Men in Black and Alien Nation, and shows such as X-Files, express the anxiety that the mainstream has concerning Latinos/as and recent immigrants. Latino/a Rising will contest this trend, showing how Latino/a writers and artists are transforming the genres.
Here are just some of the wonderful authors and artists who will be included in the anthology: Kathleen Alcalá, Giannina Braschi, Pablo Brescia, Ana Castillo, Daína Chaviano, Junot Díaz, Carlos Hernandez, Ernest Hogan, Adál Maldonado, Carmen Maria Machado, Alejandro Morales, Daniel José Older, Edmundo Paz-Soldán, Alex Rivera, Sabrina Vourvoulias.
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Latino/a Rising will not only include literature. There are many Latino/a artists who are using science fiction, fantasy, and other speculative genres in their art work. And this anthology will include some of their most interesting artwork.
This professionally produced anthology will not only be stimulating and entertaining, it will also give a portrait of the great multiplicity of the U.S. Latino/a experience. Latino/a Rising will be as diverse as U.S. Latinos/as are, and authors and artists from many different regions of the U.S. and from many different national origins will be included.
Javier Hernandez, the amazing creator of the comic El Muerto, has a beautiful 8.5" x 11" single image print for you! This print is for those making a donation of $19 or more.
U.S. Latinos/as have a long history of using speculative fiction to confront issues of social oppression and to express the hope for a better future. We can look back, for example, to the farm worker movement and Luis Valdez’s play “Los Vendidos” where Mexican and Chicano/a figures are represented by robots:
It is in this tradition that this project is being developed through the effort of a large and diverse community. In addition to this Kickstarter Campaign, we will rely on grants and donations from Latino/a community organizations, universities, and foundations. Once the book is published we will offer to hold book readings at the various institutions that were involved.
One of the most important reasons for this kickstarter is that we are committed to paying our authors and artists a decent wage. They are putting their creative energies into this project and they deserve to be compensated well. Please look over the various reward tiers to the right and support these amazing people!
Here's how we will use the donations:
Our primary goal is to raise $10,000 but we would love to raise more. Check out what we will do with more funds-->
Our Kickstarter Campaign will run from September 16, 2014 (Independence Day) to November 1, 2014 (Day of the Dead).
Check out our Facebook page for discussion about the project: https://www.facebook.com/latinospeculativefiction
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Letters or donations can be sent to:
Matthew David Goodwin, 246 Ardmore Ave., Apt. C, Upper Darby, PA 19082
Matthew David Goodwin: Matthew David Goodwin recently finished his PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is at work on his book project: Latino/a Science Fiction and the Future of Solidarity. He has published a number of essays on Latino/a speculative fiction for journals such as MELUS and for two collections of essays: Black and Brown Planets and Alien Imaginations. With interests in literature, philosophy, and social justice, he has worked in both the academy and in non-profit Latino/a organizations.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge faced by this anthology is to balance the diversity of writers and artists with the need for a unified book. The anthology will include stories from many speculative genres and will be created by Latinos/as from many different backgrounds. The devil is in the details as we make choices about how to organize the material. In the end, the book should be balanced enough so that it is surprising and satisfying.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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