Department of English at Illinois State University

New MANDORLA Issue Arrives for 2011


The co-editors of Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas / Nueva escritura de las Américas are pleased to announce that Issue 14 (2011) has arrived.

Mandorla is dedicated to writing from the many nations of the Americas (including the United States).  Each issue emphasizes innovative creative writing in its original language--most commonly English or Spanish--and new translations of existing material. Visual art and short critical articles complement this work.

Dr. Kristin Dykstra of the ISU English department has co-edited the magazine since 2007.  One of her co-editors is Gabriel Bernal Granados, a writer, editor, and translator who lives in Mexico City, Mexico.  He presently directs Editorial Libros MagentaMandorla’s third co-editor, Roberto Tejada, originally founded Mandorla in Mexico City in 1991.  Today Tejada is Endowed Professor of Art History with the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.  Tejada is also the author of poetry collections, including Exposition Park (Wesleyan University Press, 2010). 

The three co-editors are assisted by a board of contributing editors, including three ISU professors:  Ricardo Cruz and Gabriel Gudding of the English department, and James Pancrazio of LLC.

#14 is one of Mandorla’s biggest issues, and Bernal says he thinks it’s one of the strongest.  “It’s hard to pick out my favorite works because we received so much excellent material,” Dykstra adds.  “This is a wall-to-wall issue: it’s one to keep by your bed at night, where you can find something strong and new every time you open the magazine.”

The cover features a photograph by the Brazilian collective CIA de Foto, who also contributed a photo series and the statement “Carnival.”  The issue as a whole features a diverse range of writers and projects from the United States and many other countries in the Americas.  Short excerpts are posted at Mandorla’s website, some in English and some in Spanish. There readers can find samples of work by Jayne Cortez (US, translated into Spanish by Bernal), Leonel Lienlaf (Chile), Judith Goldman (US), Idea Vilariño (Uruguay, tr, by Anna Deeny), Jack Spicer (US, tr. David Menéndez Álvarez), Deborah Paredez (US), and Reynaldo Jiménez (Argentina). 

Issues 7-14 have been produced by the English Department Publications Unit at ISU, under the direction of Tara Reeser.  Graduate Assistant Shushan Avagyan of the English department also worked on Issue 14 as Dr. Dykstra’s editorial assistant.


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mandorla issue 14 cover