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Submit poetry for a special issue of EL TECOLOTE and for a new poetry anthology

April 25, 2010

Call for original poetry in celebration of the 40th anniversary of EL TECOLOTE, the bilingual newspaper serving the Latino community of San Francisco and beyond—



El Tecolote newspaper began as a project in a La Raza Studies class at San Francisco State. Prof. Juan Gonzales created the class as a way to channel Latino students into journalism careers. Latinos and other people of color were virtually invisible in the major newsrooms at the time.

As a final project, the class produced a bilingual newspaper called El Tecolote, which hit the streets on August 24, 1970. The newspaper soon moved to the community and became a training ground for the community to learn advocacy journalism.

El Tecolote began as a volunteer effort and continues in that vein with approximately 90 percent of the staff dedicated volunteers. It is the longest running Spanish/English bilingual newspaper serving the Bay Area.

Since its inception, El Tecolote has had an open door policy that invites community members to join the volunteer staff, bringing a vast array of experiences and skills. The newspaper has also published several special supplements, including a literary section edited by major local Latino writers and a youth publication called Fuerza Joven, which provided training for neighborhood teens.

On August of 2010 El Tecolote will be celebrating 40 years of existence serving the Latino community of San Francisco and beyond. As part of this celebration the staff and volunteers of this bilingual community newspaper are preparing a special 10-page edition of El Tecolote Literario scheduled to be released on July 28m 2010. We are also planning a 124 page bilingual poetry anthology that will feature the works of established poets as well as those of emerging new voices.

Title of the anthology:

Poetas en Celebración de EL TECOLOTE
Poets in Celebration of El TECOLOTE

Partial list of poets (by alphabetical order) to be invited to contribute to this collection: Francisco X. Alarcón, Jorge Argueta, Cathy Arellano, Adrián Arias, Avotcja, Neeli Cherkovski, Diane di Prima, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Lucha Corpi, Esthela de la Cruz, Sharon Doubiago, Odilia Galván Rodríguez, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Juan Pablo Gutiérrez, Q.R. Hand, Juan Felipe Herrera, Jack Hirschman, Víctor Martínez, devorah major, Janice Mirikitani, Richard Montoya, Cherrie Moraga, Dorinda Moreno, Alejandro Murguía, Francisco Orrego, Naomi H. Quiñonez, Marc Piñate, Ramón Piñero, Margarita Robles, Rodrigo Reyes, John Ross, Orlando Ramírez, Nina Serrano, Herbert Sigüenza, Roberto Vargas, Alfonso Texidor, Bernice Zamora, among others.

Poets are asked to submit no more than five poems with a brief bio, (50 words maximum) to be included at the end of anthology.

Poems could be in Spanish, English, Spanglish, Caló, or any combination of vernaculars. Translations of orignal English poems into Spanish is encouraged,

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LA REVISTA LITERARIA DE EL TECOLOTE was co-founded by Carlos Morton, Francisco X. Alarcón and Sue Martínez in 1980.

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Editorial Board of the Special Issue of EL TECOLOTE LITERARIO and for EL TECOLOTE POETRY ANTHOLOGY: Alfonso Texidor, Eva Martínez, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Nina Serrano, Esthela de la Cruz, and Francisco X. Alarcón,

Proposed Deadline: June 1, 2010

Contact El Tecolote

Mailing Address:Acción Latina2958 24th
StreetSan Francisco, California 94110

Phone & Fax:Office Phone: (415) 648-1045
Fax: (415) 648-1046

Contact person at EL Tecolote: Eva Martínez


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