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From LA Times: Christopher Soto on the Salvadoran Literary Renaissance



“We are living through one of the largest movements of Salvadoran literature in history, one that is beyond the reach of any single government or language. It is no exaggeration to call that a renaissance — just a plain fact.” Christopher Soto writes. This declaration is made indisputably clear as Soto notes the many publications, accomplishments, and accolades Salvadoran writers have received as of late. It's apparent that Salvadoran writers have carved out space in the mainstream. They have published some of the most popular prose books of the last few years, notably: Solito by Javiar Zamora, Brown Neon by Raquel Gutiérrez, and The Town of Babylon by Alejandro Varela. Not to mention the many Salvadoran poets like Alexandra Lytton Regalado, Cynthia Guardado, Claudia Castro Luna, Janel Pineda, and Yesika Salgado who have published absolutely stellar books recently. Soto himself just published his debut poetry book Diaries of a Terrorist.

Read the article in full here and support the work of Salvadoran writers by buying their books.

Christopher Soto will be joining us next week ( April 25 at 7:00 PM EDT) with Andrés N. Ordorica for Curated Conversation(s) season 2 episode 2. We hope you’ll tune in.

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