“The notion of poetry as cultural criticism is not new:  it harks back both to folk poetry traditions – as in Puerto Rican declamadores (“poetry performers”) and trovadores (“oral poets”) – and to a series of vanguard or countercultural literary movements (the Dadaists, the Beats), and it is recognizable in the contemporary practices of slam poetry and def poetry,” Urayoán Noel writes in In Visible Movement that painstakingly traces the Nuyorican poetic shifts and evolutions from the 1960s to the 1990s in New York City, including in his in-depth textual analyses close readings of the poetic and performative works of those periods. 

In this issue, The Acentos Review invites all those artists and writers who create and write at the edge of breath, who consider the word and the performance of that word (in gesture, sound, breath, tone, nuance, and other performative aspects) to submit new work.  This is inclusive of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, music, art, translation, and multigenre work.  Too often those who embrace the ephemeral, literary and artistic creation in line with an elusive and uncontained moment, find publication difficult or impossible.  In this issue, we invite those works to find home in a community to which you and your work always belonged. 

There’s a tension in publishing in a medium in which the breath of the audience is separate from the breath and creation act of the writer. The work created, particularly in an online forum but similar to any page, separates the breath into two locations, also separated by time. With video though, there is a sharing of breath and co-creation through time.  The artist performs and in performing creates and recreates the literary work through lived experience – the living becomes the poem - and in every instant that it is experienced again by the watcher/community member, that breath and intention is remade into rippling of air and creation energy.

We call on the ancestors, all who defied limitations.  In this issue, we resist boundaries and the dilution of your creative spirits.  Bring your whole, authentic self!

Submit your literary, theatrical, artistic, and musical work in .doc, .docx, .pdf, audio or video file, or unlisted Youtube or Vimeo link.  We ask that, in your cover letter, you write a short paragraph on how you approach performance in your work and that you complete the statement:  “Being Latinx means to me ….” 

We look forward to experiencing and living within your work.

Submit 3-5 photographs or examples of art and a cover letter.

Include a brief bio (100 words) in your cover letter.

In addition, please write a one line response to the following prompt: To me, being Latinx means ... Responses can be up to 100 words.

Written responses should be included in the Message box. Accepted formats for art submissions are JPEG and GIF. If another format is required, please query acentosreview@gmail.com before submitting.
Submit 1 piece of fiction of 500 - 7500 words and cover letter. All forms, themes, and styles are accepted.

Include a brief bio (100 words) in your cover letter.

In addition, please write a one line response to the following prompt: To me, being Latinx means ... Responses can be up to 100 words
Submit 1 nonfiction piece of 500 - 2000 words with a cover letter. The Acentos Review is open to the submission of all categories of nonfiction including creative and memoir.

Include a brief bio (100 words) in your cover letter.

In addition, please write a one line response to the following prompt: To me, being Latinx means ... Responses can be up to 100 words

REVIEWS
We love reviews and always need more of them. They can be approached as academic tangos with the text or intimate exchanges of anecdotes over candlelight. Reviews of 1000 – 1500 words are preferred about books by Latin@ authors or about issues concerning the Latin@ community.

INTERVIEWS
We encourage interviews with Latin@ writers from across the globe. Interviews may be conducted in English or Spanish. Authors chosen to be interviewed should have published at least one book and/or contributed to the community of Latin@ writers in some way. We encourage authors to query first at acentosreview@gmail.com. 1000-1500 words preferred.
Submit 3-5 Poems with a cover letter. All styles, themes and forms are accepted.

Include a brief bio (100 words) in your cover letter.

In addition, please write a one line response to the following prompt: To me, being Latinx means ... Responses can be up to 100 words.
We encourage translations of contemporary and traditional work from or into Spanish or indigenous languages, from or of Latinx authors.

Please include a bio of 100 words with your cover letter.  

Please make sure, in your cover letter, to also indicate that you have permission from the author, copyright holder, and/or previous publisher to do this translation.     
This category would include poetic transcription, reader's theater, excerpts from verse novels, web graphics, musical collaborations or compositions, etc. We ask that submissions include a cover letter, a short artist statement explaining the origin or framework for the work, a brief bio (100 words) in your cover letter and a one line response to the following prompt: To me, being Latinx means ... Responses can be up to 100 words.
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