Blue Serenity-Acrylic on canvas -

“Blue serenity” by Adorable Monique

February 2018

“Natural” Disasters & The Environment, guest edited by Jasminne Mendez

Wild Imaginings, Powerful Queer Voices, guest edited by Yesenia Montilla

“What does queer studies have to say about empire, globalization, neoliberalism, sovereignty and terrorism? What does queer studies tell us about immigration, citizenship, mourning, and human rights?” – Jose Esteban Muñoz

This special issue of The Acentos Review celebrates queer Latinx writers and artists. We hope to showcase the powerful voices of the queer folks of color who continuously critique & interrogate social formations & how they diverge from nationalist ideas & practices via literary and visual arts.  Our work can be blueprints for living, they can transcend space & time, they can manipulate & subvert, they can be a call to change or simply be vessels for love & desire; the modes in which we navigate being human & alive. In the written word and captured in the visual medium are breaths that rise & fall & rise again like us living always do. Queer studies can be seen as a meditation on being alive & staying that way. We are not looking for theory; we are looking for the art that theory falls madly in love with. The art that makes movements & turns a blank page into a world. Send your wild imaginings, your dreams & your fears. Let us build community with this issue, let us create space for “the physical realities of our lives — our skin colors, the land or concrete we grew up on, our sexual longings —all fuse(d) to create a politic (art) born of necessity.” – Cherrie Moraga


Bio: YESENIA MONTILLA is an Afro-Latina poet & translator. Her poetry has appeared in Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner, and others. She received her MFA from Drew University in poetry & poetry in translation and is a CantoMundo Fellow. The Pink Box her first collection is published by Willow Books and was long-listed for the Pen Open Book Award 2016.


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