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La Tolteca 2.0 Issue #7: ¡Qué viva la música! October 2, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

La Tolteca 2.0 #7                October 2, 2020 Bien venidos/as to L/T 2.0 #7.  You don’t have to be a Boomer to check us out, contribute or identify with the creatives–thrivers and survivors of these most unprecedented of times–that we feature.  If you are, however, we are here for you.  In these United States we are in the midst of national elections during a world pandemic.  Climate change has…

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Poet in NY w/ rebozos y chales 2017-2020 September 5, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

           Remembering my days in NYC 2017-20 through the rebozos  y chales…           The traditional rebozo has been used by Mexican indigenous and mestizas for centuries.  It is utilitarian, symbolic of tribal. and regional affiliations, represents our femininity, humbleness and our pride. Yes, I was writing poems.  The collection is called:  My Book of the Dead.        

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Between the World and Me: Recommended Book Read August 27, 2020 – Posted in: Blog, recent

When I read BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME at times I was unable to get through passages because my eyes welled with tears and memories of growing up, becoming an adult brown woman in the United States–from mid-twentieth century through the 21st and sharing the pain of being born in a world not meant for you.

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MY BOOK OF THE DEAD: Selected, Published Poems (by Ana Castillo) August 16, 2020 – Posted in: Blog, recent

Poems from MY BOOK OF THE DEAD (unpublished collection by Ana Castillo, 2020). This group of poems has been previously published in various books & literary journals. (Some alignments may be off due to  cut & pasting.  (No comments on edits or grammar, please.  This is being done.). I’m happy to share & thank you for reading.  Positive vibe comments here are always welcome. All the line drawings are mine.  (Please don’t reproduce w/out my…

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These Times August 13, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

I share here a poem written for the ceremony welcoming an African-American woman president at my B.A. alma-mater, NEIU, Chicago, 2018.  It was also published in Fifth Wednesday Journal. These Times             In these times, you and I share, amidst the air you and I breathe, inspiration we take from day to day thriving, opposition we meet, the sacred conch shell calls us, drums beat, prayers sent up, aromatic smoke…

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Call for new submissions–deadline 7/20! July 13, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

We were energized and happy to receive submissions for the first edition of La Tolteca 2.0. We are now open for new submissions.  Please read GUIDELINES in this blog.  Once you got that down, send to:  ana@anacastillo.net.  Short staffed right now on volunteers we won’t be able to answer queries that are already posted here. Three features in La Tolteca 2.0 at this time: We will be looking for selfies with masks and original photos…

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