Issue # 13 Exchange

Oct 24, 2012

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Fewer than three percent of literary works published in the United States are translations. As a publishing culture we tend to place a lot of stock in our writers’ ability to create our stories, record our histories, and put our worlds and experiences in a context we can understand.

What happened to our curiosity? Our desire to know more about other countries, the way that we hope to know more through this apparent self-reflection? Is it just that we can’t see what we are missing?

In this issue, themed “Exchange/Intercambio,” you will find original texts and new translations by Spanish-language authors from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and, in particular, from Mexico. You will also find English-language texts translated to Spanish for the first time. This is not only an exchange of language, but also a conversation about the intricate give-and-take on a translated page and in the day-to-day, as we consider the ways in which languages and cultures transcend borders, fuse together, influence, and shape each other.

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the United States and an obvious cultural muscle in Chicago, which is why we chose it as the focus for this issue. We will continue to focus on the interchange of Spanish and English as a vital part of our writing community.


  • Zombis II, Image of Absence (trans. Amanda Hopkinson)
    Luis Felipe Fabre
  • Extractos de Trapiche/ Excerpts from Trapiche (trans. Kristen Dykstra)
    Juan Carlos Flores
  • Look, Grass
    Paul Martínez Pompa
  • Aventureros/Adventurers
    Rodrigo Toscano
  • Desesperación, Bajo la luna nueva, Nueba Yol~anda
    elena minor
  • Oasis of Power, Oasis of Horror, El gran rumor, Hotel Trans
    Gabriela Jauregui
  • Qué, Then What?, Guagua lírica/Lyrical guagua (trans. Christopher McGrath)
    Aurora Arias
  • Solneto, Sunnet, Pastoral
    Urayoán Noel


  • Tania Candiani
  • Jorge Sosa


  • Small Page/Big Questions (trans. Elizabeth Flores)
    Brenda Lozano, Álvaro Enrigue, and Reginald Gibbons

    Art and illustration

  • c.w. griffin, Roy Villalobos (insert mural & individual segments), and Alejando Almanza Pereda (cover)

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Daniel Borzutzky


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