Poetry of Resistance
216 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:10 Mar 2016

Poetry of Resistance

Voices for Social Justice

The University of Arizona Press
On April 20, 2010, nine Latino students chained themselves to the main doors of the Arizona State Capitol in an act of civil disobedience to protest Arizona’s SB 1070. Moved by the students’ actions, that same day Francisco X. Alarcón responded by writing a poem in Spanish and English titled “Para Los Nueve del Capitolio/ For the Capitol Nine,” which he dedicated to the students. The students replied to the poem with a collective online message. To share with the world what was taking place, Alarcón then created a Facebook page called “Poets Responding to SB 1070” and posted the poem, launching a powerful and dynamic forum for social justice.

Since then, more than three thousand original contributions by poets and artists from around the globe have been posted to the page. Poetry of Resistance offers a selection of these works, addressing a wide variety of themes, including racial profiling, xenophobia, cultural misunderstanding, violence against refugees, shared identity, and much more. Contributors include distinguished poets such as Francisco Aragón, Devreaux Baker, Sarah Browning, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Susan Deer Cloud, Sharon Dubiago, Martín Espada, Genny Lim, Pam Uschuk, and Alma Luz Villanueva.

Bringing together more than eighty writers, the anthology powerfully articulates the need for change and the primacy of basic human rights. Each poem shows the heartfelt dedication these writers and artists have to justice in a world that has become larger than borders. Poetry of Resistance is a poetic call for tolerance, reflection, reconciliation, and healing.
Poetry of Resistance is a timely response (via verse) to the current political climate of Arizona, though what the book ultimately argues is that these injustices have always been taking place—SB 1070 is simply its most recent manifestation.’ —Rigoberto González, author of Our Lady of the Crossword

Alarcón and co-editor the eco-poet and activist Odilia Galván Rodríguez selected the strongest work from the hundreds of entries to shape this anthology whose communal message—a plea for social change—will remain timeless and resonant.'—NBC News

‘With a firmly global perspective, Galván Rodríguez threads all of her work together with the theme of empowerment.’—HipLatina
Francisco X. Alarcón is a Chicano poet and educator, and author of twelve volumes of poetry, including From the Other Side of Night: Selected and New Poems. His most recent books are Canto hondo / Deep Song and Borderless Butterflies / Mariposas sin fronteras. He founded the Facebook page “Poets Responding to SB 1070” and teaches at University of California, Davis.

Odilia Galván Rodríguez, eco-poet, writer, editor, and activist, is the author of four volumes of poetry; her latest is Red Earth Calling: Cantos for the 21st Century. She was the English edition editor of Tricontinental Magazine in Havana, Cuba. She facilitates creative writing workshops nationally and is a moderator of “Poets Responding to SB 1070” and “Love and Prayers for Fukushima,” both Facebook pages dedicated to bringing attention to social justice issues that affect the lives and well-being of many people.
Foreword: They Carry Butterflies in Their Hands by Juan Felipe Herrera
Introduction by Francisco X. Alarcón and Odilia Galván Rodríguez
Francisco X. Alarcón
JoAnn Anglin
Francisco Aragón
Cathy Arellano
Jorge Tetl Argueta
Adrián Arias
Víctor Ávila
Devreaux Baker
Kristopher Barney
Virginia Barrett
Esmeralda Bernal
Sarah Browning
Carmen Calatayud
Xánath Caraza
Héctor Carbajal
Elizabeth Cazessús
Lorna Dee Cervantes
Ana Chig
Jabez W. Churchill
Antoinette Nora Claypoole
Karen S. Córdova
Iris De Anda
Nephtalí De León
Susan Deer Cloud
Elena Díaz Björkquist
James Downs
Qwo-Li Driskill
Sharon Doubiago
Sharon Elliot
Mario Ángel Escobar
Martín Espada
Odilia Galván Rodríguez
Daniel García Ordaz
Nancy Aidé González
Sonia Gutiérrez
Israel Francisco Haros López
Gabriel Hartley
Ralph Haskins
Claudia D. Hernández
Andrea Hernández Holm
Juan Felipe Herrera
Mari Herreras
Susana de Jesús Huerta
Aurora Levins Morales
Genny Lim
Mark Lipman
César Love
Manuel Lozano
Devorah Major
John Martínez
The Line 112
Andrea García Mauk
Joseph McNair
Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas
James O. Michael
Edith Morris-Vásquez
Yasmeen Najmi
Joe Navarro
Gerardo Pacheco Matus
Melinda Palacio
Carlos Parada Ayala
Ramón Piñero
Manuel Ramos
Maritza Rivera
Margarita Robleda
Roberto Cintli Rodríguez
Renato Rosaldo
Gabriel Rosenstock
Joseph Ross
Abel Salas
Raúl Sánchez
Matt Sedillo
Nina Serrano
Tom Sheldon
Hedy García Treviño
Tara Evonne Trudell
Luis Alberto Urrea
Pam Uschuk
Norma Liliana Valdez
Richard Vargas
Carlos Vázquez Segura
Edward A. Vidaurre
Alma Luz Villanueva
Rich Villar
George Wallace
Lori A. Williams
Meg Withers
Stephanie Yan
Andre Yang
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