Thursday, January 05, 2012

Coming Soon From SDSU PRESS: A Re-issue of our Popular BORDER LIVES volume! | Featuring a New IZEL VARGAS-laced COVER!

Monday, January 02, 2012

The Rise of Californian Literature: Get what you need from SDSU Press!

Sometimes we forget how cool it is to be from California, a place that so many people around the world have formed ideas and wild dreams about from movies, books, music...etc.
We're rich in a very unique kind of culture and the academic world has taken notice! More and more courses focused on literature distinctive to California are being offered in colleges and universities across the U.S. 
Hit the image on the right for an article on the rise of Californian literature.


Be on the forefront of this movement with the help of SDSU Press!

Check out our selection of Californian literature:

The exploration writings of missionary Juan Crespi:
A Description of Distant Roads: Original Journals of the First Expedition into California, 1769-1770

A collection of studies, art, and discussions on everything Steinbeck: 
Homer from Salinas: John Steinbeck's Enduring Voice for California

Plus, click here to browse through our U.S./Mexico Border literature.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Shackled: 2012 pacificREVIEW Call for Papers

SDSU Press is proud to have pacificREVIEW: a West Coast Arts Review in its stable of literary journals; edited by undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty in the Department of English and Comparative Literature for over 20 years, it continues to evolve in the able hands of its present editors Sofia Vidal, Paris Brown, and Andrea Durazo.

Here is their latest call for papers, now expired (though you might be able to twist their arm to accept a late appeal); the editorial email is:


What images and feelings does the word shackled conjure for you? Do you fetishize it or dread it? Does it evoke a mad pastiche of visions as varied as S&M, prisons, Occupy protest arrests, captives of war, or the constraints of domination by the powerful and wealthy? Any kind of severe repression spawns countless detrimental conditions that affect all aspects of our lives. For many, shackles reify the torturous act of being confined, punished, manacled and oppressed; yet to others, they manifest a means of intensifying desire. In this provocative issue of pacificREVIEW, we want to know how these physical, spiritual, mental, sexual, political and social shackles bind you, and paradoxically, give you a purpose for creative liberation. PacificREVIEW wants your work inspired by the grinding efforts against the shackles of repression. Liberate your short stories, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, poetry, graphic narrative, illustrative art, and photography!

A west coast arts review annual, Pacific REVIEW has published high-quality poetry, prose, and art since 1972. Past issues boast the notable talent of literati and guest contributors including Carolyn Forché, Claribel Alegria, Raymond Federman, Ernesto Cardenal, Robert Coover, Susan Daitch, Steve Kowit, Daniel Halpern, Jorge Luis Borges, Erin Pringle, Ai, Alurista, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Oliver Mayer, and William T. Vollmann.

Editorial queries to:

Pacific Review "Shackled" from Burning Fields Productions on Vimeo.
Pacific Review's Internet Spot - Conceptualized, directed, produced and edited by Andrea Durazo. Executive Producer Sofia Vidal, Director of Photography Jessica Wimbley, Assistant Director Magdalena Ramirez, Camera Operator Nate Elegino, Production Designer Jenn Plonski, Director's Assistant Jasmine Hoshino.