Check out the Chiquitos site and a
selection of Amazonian
music from the Festival Internacional de Musica Barroca Americana.
In 1998 Issue One of Amazonian Literary Review
(ALR) was published. This journal is the first of its kind in the
English-speaking world. Founded and published by the Center for Amazonian
Literature and Culture based at Smith College, it aims to provide
a specialized forum for writers from the Amazonian regions of Brazil,
Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela.
As the celebrated Brazilian poet Thiago de Mello expresses
it, the inhabitants of the 7 million square kilometers of Amazonian
land are citizens of a patria das àguas (a homeland of the
waters). The literary production of that cultural homeland has a profound
tradition. The negligence in which it has been held until now speaks
of a certain vision of Amazonian culture which suggests that it is
solely deserving of anthropological or other scientific attention.
Yet the long syncretic history of Amazonia--the blend of cosmopolitan
influences with the myriad indigenous expressions--has created and
defined a singular literary tradition.
Literary Review intends to give voice to the syncretic literatures
of the region which find their expression in Portuguese and Spanish.
Issues contain representative work by authors, both living and dead.
Poems are presented in bilingual format. The journal also includes
short stories and passages of longer fiction works, drama, essays
on aspects of Amazonian Literature, and reviews of fiction and pertinent
The first issue features the poetry of Thiago de Mello, Paes
Loureiro, Raúl Otero Reiche, Pedro Shimose, and Julio de la Vega,
among others. It also includes critical essays by Otero Reiche, Marcio
Souza and Euclydes de Cunha which explore the theme of Amazonian identity.
We are fortunate to have the collaboration of eminent
writers and critics from each of the six countries of the Amazonian
basin. Translations will be carried out by acknowledged professionals.
The review will appear annually, at a cost of $15.00.
We hope you share our enthusiasm for this endeavor
to clarify and deepen our understanding of this vast portion of the
literary map of Latin America. We kindly urge you to support our effort
to create a broader understanding of Amazonia.
Araúz & Charles Cutler, Editors
Dewey Hall, Smith College, Northampton MA 01063
Tel. Suárez Araúz: 413 585-3461 | Cutler: 413
Oficina Central: 413 585-3410 | Fax: 413 585-2075