Department of English at Illinois State University

Announcing Mandorla 15

The co-editors of Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas / Nueva escritura de las Américas are happy to announce that Issue 15 is here.  Mandorla is dedicated to writing and art from the many nations of the Americas, including the United States. 

The cover image of Mandorla 15, “The Colorbands,” is by artist Christine Nguyen.  Nguyen collaborated on a selection for the issue with writer Jeffrey Yang. 

The lively new issue takes off with poems and prose by LaTasha Diggs and Rolando Sánchez Mejías.  Numerous highlights follow, many involving visual elements:  photographs by Jaime Permuth, poetry by John Pluecker engaging historical images from the Yale Museum of Western Americana, pages from handwritten notebooks by Hank Lazer and Omar Pérez, and more.  Among the surprises to be found in this issue of Mandorla is Camilo Roldán’s dossier with new translations of Colombian “Nadaista” poetry by the likes of X-504.  Issue 15 closes with a rich essay by Anna Deeny exploring the poetry of Uruguay’s Marosa Di Giorgio.

Since 2007 Professor Kristin Dykstra of the ISU English department has co-edited the magazine.  One of her co-editors is writer, editor, and translator Gabriel Bernal Granados of Mexico City, Mexico.  Bernal directs Editorial Libros MagentaMandorla’s third co-editor, Roberto Tejada, originally founded Mandorla in Mexico City in 1991.  Tejada is now Endowed Professor of Art History with the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. 

The co-editors are assisted by a board of contributing editors, including four ISU professors:  Ricardo Cortez Cruz and Gabriel Gudding of the English department, and Juliet Lynd and James Pancrazio of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  Mandorla’s other contributing editors are Rosa Alcalá, Esther Allen, Daniel Borzutzky, Susan Briante, Mónica de la Torre, Reynaldo Jiménez, Urayoán Noel, and Rodrigo Toscano.

Issues 7-15 have been produced by the English Department Publications Unit at ISU, led by Director Tara Reeser and Assistant Director Steve Halle.  Doctoral candidate Jessica Safran of the English department worked on Issue 15 as Dr. Dykstra’s editorial assistant.

Posted 1-2013 by Libby Barna

Mandorla 15 Cover