As Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, I'd like to take a moment to celebrate the poetry titles out in 2021 authored/edited by Hispanic or Latino writers. I count 9, but I may have missed some, so please correct me, if you know of others. Meanwhile, here's my list thus far:
- Ak'abal, Humberto. 2021. Aquí era el paraíso/ Here Was Paradise. Ill. by Amelia Lau Carling. Toronto: Groundwood Books.
- Engle, Margarita. 2021. A Song of Frutas. Ill. by Sara Palacios. New York: Atheneum.
- Engle, Margarita. 2021. Your Heart, My Sky. New York: Atheneum.
- Fennell, Saraciea, ed. 2021. Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora. New York: Macmillan/Flatiron.
- Ferrada, Maria José. Niños: Poems for the Lost Children of Chile. Ill. by María Elena Valdez. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
- Mora, Pat. 2021. My Magic Wand. Ill. by Amber Alvarez. New York: Lee & Low.
- Saldaña, René, Jr. Ed. 2021. I Sing: The Body: Poems about Body Image. McAllen, TX: Juvented Press.
- Varela, Alessandra Narváez. 2021. Thirty Talks Weird Love. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.
- Velasquez, Elisabet. 2021. When We Make It. New York: Dial.
I'm happy to see some of my favorite poets on the list and always thrilled to encounter new names. Plus, you'll notice anthologies, picture book collections, and novels in verse-- the whole spectrum. I have a new Latina granddaughter, so I am on the lookout for new books to share with her as she grows that reflect her heritage(s). I hope there will be more and more and more as she grows up!
Now head on over to Live Your Poem where the beautiful Irene Latham is hosting our Poetry Friday revelries!