El Cipitío (2016), the new Cipitío

It’s not often that I have the opportunity to reflect on Salvadoran-American fiction. In fact, this is actually the very first time. The only other instance in which I’ve cited the work of a contemporary Salvadoran-American author is in a brief note on Juan José Martínez D’aubuisson’s Ver, oír y callar (2016), a nonfiction book […]

Helena Maria Viramontes: Their Dogs Came With Them (2006)

Today I have the pleasure of acknowledging a brilliant piece of fiction written by Los Angeles, from and for Los Angeles in Helena Maria Viramontes’s Their Dogs Came With Them. ‘L.A.’ in 2018 is a city of over 10 million people by the last estimate, and in several other ways significantly bigger than what it […]

Ver, oír y callar (2015)

Aunque solo tiene 128 páginas, Ver, oír y callar es un libro demasiado importante para reflejar en la guerra a muerte entre jóvenes y adolescentes en El Salvador durante las ultimas tres decadas. Juan José Martínez es un escritor de altas calificaciones, y sus historias dejan a uno marcado con la urgencia de la situación. […]

LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas (2015)

Los Angeles! I hope these letters find you well. I just got in after some smooth rickety-rolling through the 210 freeway, and the night is ours. I’m with the InsideOUT Writers program at a juvenile camp in San Dimas through October, and while the ride up is a solid hour’s drive past mid-day heat and glaring metal, the ride back is […]