Voces: A Lyric Anthology de Nuestro Pueblo. Edited by Sylvana Flores Ávila & Javier Rodríguez. ISBN: 9781728826721
“This is a joint publication of Floricanto and Berkeley Presses. This is an anthology
of poems and prose, both deeply personal and
universal in their tone, compelling in their conveyance of family, culture,
love and feelings, hopes, pain and disappointment. Voces: A Lyric Anthology de Nuestro Pueblo is a collection of literary works written during the Voces writer’s workshops in the fall of 2016. The new pieces of poetry and prose (including a one-act play) were published in chapbook form and released in the winter of 2017. The strong voices became stronger and the soft voices became roars. They opened up to share their personal stories and writing experiences often describing their fears of writing and exposing themselves to others. One writer said she’d been writing for years, “every chance I could and on any piece of paper”. Another writer told of always writing only to box up her works for years. Now finding the courage to open them and share with the world.
The participants were excited to read their works on stage at the Dallas Latino Cultural Center, and for most of the writers, it was their first experience reading in public. Several writers have continued to write and submit their works to journals and publishers like Huizache - The Magazine of Latino Literature, The Chachalaca Review, and Floricanto Press.
Voces is like home. It is a place where writers write, share, critique, revise and publish. The writers are among family where they are safe and their stories are nurtured. We know because we have been taking care of our babies too. We will turn into leonas y leones if anyone tries to hurt them. But we also know that babies grow up. We help them along, then ultimately and reluctantly let go.
Voces is presented by the Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts, Inc. (OCCA), a non-profit organization founded in 1995 to promote the arts and education. OCCA has hosted writer’s workshops and published three chapbooks, in 2011, 2017, and 2018. The objective of the Voces Chapbook & Writer’s Workshops is simply to “promote the writing of new works and publishing by raza writers.” To date, Voces has published 173 new works by thirty writers and ten images – one self-portrait and nine photographs.