For the last year, Rebeldes anthology editor, Paloma Martinez – Cruz has been pounding the pavement to produce the anthology.
As we get ready to release the anthology on August 12th she shares a short reflection on why the book is so important to our community.
“Rebeldes: A Proyecto Latina Anthology offers a process, not a product. We want to show what it is like for us as Latinas to have a safe space to come and share our creativity without apology, where different genres, perspectives, and levels of artistic practice coexist in harmony. This book has not been generated to vie for a place at the forefront of “American Literature” – whatever that means – but rather to provide access, dialogue, and legitimacy to the expressive cultures coming out of our communities that have been historically misrepresented and silenced by mainstream media flows. We are eager to share the story of Proyecto Latina with readers beyond our regular participants because we are curious to find out what can happen if more Latinas decide to come together and form creative sanctuaries where no dream is too big, and every voice is the perfect expression of our creative lives unfolding.” – Paloma Martinez – Cruz