Thursday, December 23, 2021

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Steven Butterman, Queering and Querying the Paradise of Paradox

For One Night and One Night Only 


    SDSU Press published, Steven Butterman is coming to you live through your screens to deliver a book talk on his new book Queering and Querying the Paradise of Paradox; LGBT Language, New Media, and Visual Cultures in Modern Day Brazil. 
    TUNE IN TONIGHT (Wednesday, December 1st at 8pm) TO THE WEBINAR VIA ZOOM! 
    Register for the event here -->    

Can't make it tonight? 

No fear, you can pick up Butterman's work through SDSU Press' Amazon. His work Perversions on Parade dives into the work of Glauco Mattoso, a poet who wrote a majority of his work during Brazil's most recent dictatorship. Butterman's book has been featured on SDSU Press' Book(s) of the Week and is a staple SDSU Press publication.

SDSU Press is dedicated to supporting fellow artists work, and staying up to date on our postings will help you be able to find more events like this. 

Events through SDSU and outside SDSU are happening constantly! 
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SDSU PRESS PUBLIC LECTURE (vaxxed and masked!) : Darius Gainer, Public Lecture on BLACK REPRESENTATION IN THE WORLD OF ANIMATION | SDSU Main Campus, GMCS 333 at 11am, Tuesday December 7, 2021.

Help us spread the word! This coming Tuesday something wickedly good our way cometh! Darius Gainer, Public Lecture (vaxxed and masked), SDSU Main Campus, GMCS 333 at 11am, Tuesday December 7, 2021. Thx to my partner in crimes literary & semiotic, Frederick Luis Aldama for initiating this friendship/collaboration! Thx again to John Jennings and Tim Fielder for the book blurbs and to Stanford W. Carpenter for the moving intro/preface. Pick up a copy of BLACK REPRESENTATION IN THE WORLD OF ANIMATION here: or here

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

SDSU Press' Feature Presentation

 Lights Go Down...

    in a movie theater and a story unravels in front of you. When the lights come back up, you've been transformed in some way. And pulling yourself away from the seat is nearly impossible. 
Jackson's Drawing of Guacamaya
    That's the same feeling you can get from Everett Gee Jackson's Four Trips to Antiquity. You might know this story, you might remember this history from a high school class--a lecture you heard distantly while staring out a window. 
    Regardless, Jackson's work is something new. It's personal, it's intimate. You aren't just learning about ancient Mayan cities, you are living in them. 
    And in living with them, they speak to us.Through the words of Jackson's book, they plead with us. "Please," they say, "Please don't forget we were here. Don't forget that we are here. Don't forget what we are and certainly don't forget what we once were." 
    Jackson says it best when revisiting one of his favorite sculptures on his final trip, only to find it crumbling;  
Jackson's Drawing of Stela P. 
"When I look carefully at Stela P., who is still a lovely young lady to me, I made a sad discovery. The surfaces of the stone figure had become noticeably a bit crumbly. The edges had lost their sharpness. I knew this had not been true of my former visits to the ruins. Later I was to learn that the atmosphere had caused that degeneration. The polluted air of our modern age was finally getting to the ancient sculpture of Central America, just as I had heard it had done to the sculpture of the Acropolis at Athens." 
     Jackson didn't simply see these Mayan sculptures, he interacted with them and he got to know them. If you get to know them, what will happen? If you live in this world crafted by Jackson's words for the 173 pages he gives us, what will change in you? Will they effect you the same way they effected Jackson? 
    There is only one way to find out. 
                Time travel with us. 

Four Trips to Antiquity is available for purchases from the SDSU Press Amazon page (which you can access here). The hardcover book features Jackson's drawing is black-and-white and color, as well as the stories of his travels to the Mayan cities. 

This video features photos taken from Jackson's novels and from Google Images

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021



sdsu press has three

Weather cooling down, or maybe you are in San Diego where it’s warming up? Either way it’s the perfect time to curl up with one of our publications! 

Pick up Splice, An Undergraduate Research Journal straight from SDSU College of Arts and Letters. Looking for a literary deep dive, check out Things We Do Not Talk About by Daniel A. Olivas and explore Latino/a literature in a collection of essays and interviews. Finally explore the past and future in the present with Footsteps From the Past into The Future, a trilingual collection of stories written in Kumeyaay, Spanish, and English edited by Margaret Field.

Monday, November 01, 2021





    SDSU Press is all about these three books this week; "My Native Land is Memory; Stories of a Cuban Childhood" by Oliva M. Espín, "Four Trips of Antiquity" by Everett Gee Jackson, and "Perceiving & Telling; A Study of Iterative Discourse" By Danièle Chatelain. 
    Travel with Espín as she explores the memories of her adolescence interwoven with political shifts as Cuba changes just as much as the coming of age girl. Following this look back, Chatelain's "Perceiving & Telling" challenges the way language and verbal conventions blur our understanding of time. And to finish off our time oriented books collection, pick up "Four Trips to Antiquity" and joins one artists search for historical ancient Maya sculptures. 
    All these books and more are available on our Amazon page!
    Stay up to date with all things SDSU Press by following our socials (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) and checking in on the Aztec Paper Blog for new announcements! 

Dance Studies at the Border! An SDSU Press Classic

Still in print! An SDSU Press classic --> A broadly conceived and executed collection of interviews,...

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021




San Diego State University Press imprint Hyperbole Books is all about the critical documentation of new aesthetics and the comparison to those of old. The wide range of books published under this imprint couldn't possibly fit into a single weeks worth of our spotlighted books. Three of our Hyperbole Book publications stand center stage this week! 

SDSU Press' book(s) of the week: Dive into film noir and the aesthetics that rooted themselves in Los Angeles with Fanny Daubigny’s “Proust in Black”.Travel to the world of Brazilian poet Glauco Mattoso in Steven F. Butterman’s “Perversions on Parade”. And if the world of science fiction is more your thing than look no further than Naief Yehya’s “Drone Visions”, where killing machines escape movie media and creep their way into our everyday lives.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

LET'S TALK COMICS-- AmatlComix Takeover at SDSU Press


AmatlComix Takes Over SDSU Press

Follow our Instagram? If you do you might have seen that this week SDSU Press is all about the visual arts. We are having an AmatlComix week at the Press and will be sharing information about all our AmatlComix publications over on our Instagram! 

AmatlComix-- an imprint of SDSU Press-- lives in the world of the visual. Whether it's comics, TV shows, movies, or the narrative art: AmatlComix has been there and done that. With four publications out right now and available for purchase there is a little something for everyone. 

To truly engage in our AmatlComix week here at SDSU Press, join us on Instagram as AmatlComix takes control of our socials. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to keep up to date on publications from all of our imprints! 

Every book purchased and every book enjoyed is directly helping SDSU Press on it's mission to change the world one book at a time. Purchase a book from our Amazon today and READ AT YOUR OWN RISK

Monday, October 04, 2021

Thursday, September 30, 2021

SDSU PRESS IS ON INSTAGRAM--look behind the scenes at our main headquarters in our newest post

what’s harder? 

leaving the SDSU Press office, or putting down one of our publications?

only one way to find out; come visit our main headquarters in Arts and Letters, and purchase one of our publications today!

Wednesday, September 29, 2021


some books ARE held above others

 This week’s SDSU Press Must-Reads have been released

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Explore futurism and the avant-garde poetry of Russia in “Zaum: The Transrational Poetry of Russian Futurism” by Gerald Janecek.Look back at advertising from the 80s in Maria Cristina da Silva Martins’ “Humor & Eroticism in Advertising”. Explore the human experience and the terrifying image of your own true self in the Pacific Review publication “The Mirror Maze”.Follow Renato Barilli’s theoretical meditation in experimental poetry with “Voyage to the End of the Word”.
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All these books and journal are available on the SDSU Press Amazon page. And check out the Book(s) of the Week archive to see previous Books of the Week!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021


Something Old, Something New

Our four featured books of the week crawled out of our inventory and into our main office  

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Jump back in time with Noam Chomsky, or into The Phantom Zone with AMATL COMIX #3. Follow Joseph K. in Hector Ortega’s play based off Kafka’s “The Trial”. Or explore war and the stories we tell of it with Jean Norton Cru. 

All these books and more can be found on SDSU Press’ Amazon page! 

Monday, September 13, 2021

SDSU Press and MALAS Public Lecture

Photographer Antonio Turok: Mexico Resistance

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 11am-12:15 at SDSU Main Campus GMCS 333

Join us for photographer Antonio Turok's lecture. The lecture will cover Turok's black-and-white photo series depicting the Chiapas and Oaxaca's indigenous people over the past decades. The lecture is open to all who are fully vaccinated, masked and interested to explore Turok's honest and raw series on the human condition.  

This event and others like it are happening constantly! 
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Sponsored and Co-Sponsored by MALAS, The Master of Arts in Liberal Arts in Sciences, with SDSU Press, the Department of Chicana/o Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies and English 157, #psychmirrors 

21st Century Cultural Studies Sorcery! Cast a Spell Today!

Our latest bibliographic exercise in intellectual sorcery is all the buzz! Listen: “CULTURAL STUDIES IN THE DIGITAL AGE...

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Thursday, September 02, 2021




Darius Gainer explores the history of Black bodies in movies and beyond in AmatlComix newest title Black Representation in the World of Animation. His work puts SDSU Press' AmatlComix into the dimension of the silver screen. Gainer's work is available for PURCHASE TODAY. Not only will a purchase of Black Representation in the World of Animation be supporting San Diego State University Press, but Gainer's work will unravel your understanding of ethnic representation in animation.  


Praise for Black Representation in the World of Animation

Any purchase of any work from the SDSU Press catalog helps the longest running university press in the California State University system continue to release publications from a wide variety of subjects. Visit our AMAZON page for more titles for purchase, or the SDSU PRESS WEBSITE for more information about our various imprints. 

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Saturday, August 14, 2021

Emerita Professor Wins San Diego Book Award for Her Memoir MY NATIVE LAND IS MEMORY Published by San Diego State University Press

Oliva Espín, professor emerita of women’s studies, won a San Diego Book Awards Association award for her memoir My Native Land is Memory: Stories of a Cuban Childhood published by SDSU Press.   

The narrative explores life in Cuba during the 40s and 50s and enlightens readers about her life experiences during this transitional time.   

“Right from the beginning, ‘My Native Land’ is a raw, compelling journey to a Cuba about to be changed forever. Oliva Espín’s unique perspective and powerful writing emotionally captures an immigrant’s story that resonates across countries and is relevant today,” wrote Ronnie Ramos, executive editor of The Daily Memphian.  

Here we ask Espín to delve into the process and publication of her memoir.  Can you tell me a bit about your writing process?  

I wrote without following any particular order. When I remembered something I wrote about it. Eventually I put the pieces in chronological order and then wrote some pieces to "fill the holes"  in the time sequence. Writing about some events made me remember others.   I workshopped the pieces in my women writers group and also had some friends read the manuscript. Their feedback, questions, and suggestions helped me clarify points and revise the writing.  How long did you spend writing before being published? It took me about 10 years to write. The manuscript underwent many transformations along the way. After it was finished, it took some time to get it published.  

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What do you want people to take away after reading your memoir? 

First, I hope that reading about my experiences touches people and evokes some moments in their own lives. Many people who have life experiences very different from mine have told me that they see some similarities despite those differences. In turn, hearing people's comments about the book and about my life story has also made me see many events in a new light.  Next, I want people to understand Cuba a little bit better. Specifically, pre-revolutionary Cuba. Most people know very little about it or harbor distorted notions and misinformation about the country. I hope they get a small slice of life in Cuba in the 40s and 50s and a bit about the transition to the revolution, as experienced by one person. I like them to see some of everyday life back there and then when they read my story. Although my story is just one story, I hope it illuminates other stories. 

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How did you feel when you were told you won the award from San Diego Book Awards? 

Delighted, of course. I have written many academic books before, but this book is a completely new way of writing for me and it is also a lot closer to me than anything I have written before. That's why it took me so long to finish. It is gratifying that the effort paid off. Writing this book has opened new doors and created new friendships for me. The process of its creation and publication has also put me in touch with my own childhood in a renewed way. Getting this award is an affirmation of the story and its writing.   ​​​​​​​

San Diego Book Awards Association: Announcing the 2021 San Diego Book Awards Winners


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San Diego State University Press Author Oliva Espin Virtual Book Presentation! My Native Land is Memory for Florida International University's Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs!

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Thursday, August 05, 2021

The Definitive Critical Study of Renée Riese Hubert : Conjunctions: Verbal-Visual Relations

Conjunctions: Verbal-Visual Relations, an engaging volume of original essays by international scholars, investigates verbal-visual relations, broadly conceived, in the modern period. The book explores how thinkers in various fields--aesthetics, poetry, visual art, philosophy, and book illustration--have approached the problematic relationship between the verbal and the visual.  

Conjunctions honors the work of a pioneering scholar of interarts studies, Renée Riese Hubert. Contributors include Michel Deguy, Judd D. Hubert, Claude Gandelman, Laurie Edson, Marjorie Perloff, Roger Shattuck, Georges Roque, Sydney Lévy, Anne-Marie Christin, Richard Vernier, Breon Mitchell, Steven Winspur, Roger Cardinal, Robert W. Greene, Eric T. Haskell,and others. A biography and list of publications by Renée Riese Hubert also appear. 

Conjunctions: Verbal-Visual Relations (Essays in Honor of Renee Riese Hubert): Edson, Laurie: 9781879691452: Books Conjunctions: Verbal-Visual Relations (Essays in Honor of Renee Riese Hubert) (Paperback) edited by Laurie Edson. ISBN 1-879691-45-0 | paper, 332 pp. illustrated US $20   

About Renée Riese Hubert  

Renée Riese Hubert was one of the most accomplished, productive, and generous scholars and teachers of literature on the UC Irvine campus. Professor Emerita of French and Comparative Literature, she also made significant and lasting contributions to Women’s Studies and the UCI Emeritae/i Association. The daughter of German Jewish parents who were prominent physicians, public intellectuals and activists who worked in the service of liberal causes, Renée Riese was forced to leave Nazi Germany as a young girl and settle with her family in France. She was educated in Paris and found her first vocation there, publishing six volumes of poetry in French that won high acclaim in her elective country and language... She went on to obtain her Ph.D. from Columbia University and then taught for twenty years in comparative literature and French at UC Irvine, where Hubert actively shaped Comparative Literature, Art History, Fine Arts and Women’s Studies.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Mexican, Mexican-American, and Latinx Non-Fiction from the U.S./Mexico Borderlands! BORDER LIVES from SDSU Press

Friday, July 02, 2021

Everett Gee Jackson Fans and Collectors

Fans and collectors of Everett Gee Jackson need to add these two classic hardcovers from our backlist to their...

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Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Who Knows the Border!? SDSU Press! La Frontera, Its Peoples, and Its Cultures are at the Heart of What We Publish!

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Back in the News? California's Favorite Literary Son, the Nobel Prize Winning Author, John Steinbeck

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Today's Guest: SDSU Press's David Ornelas! Interviewed by Fabrizio Lacarra Ramirez - May 19, 2021

Good day, my fellow Pressheads! I hope this year has treated you all well so far. As we near the end of the Spring 2021 semester, I'd like to take the time to highlight one of our remarkable bloggers here at the SDSU Press. Please give a digital round of applause to our very own David Ornelas!

FABRIZIO LACARRA RAMIREZ: David, what do you do for the SDSU Press? 

DAVID ORNELAS: I’m an Editorial Associate. I post our books on Facebook as well as our SDSU Blog. I also post about our excellent apparel!

When did you start working with the SDSU Press? What is it about the Press that piqued your interest? 

I started working for the Press in August 2019. I didn’t know about the Press prior to 2019 and when Dr. Nericcio informed me about it, I was happy to accept the offer to work for him.

You just finished your Graduate school program with the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences (MALAS) here at SDSU. Congratulations! What was the highlight of your time in the program, and where is life taking you next? 

The highlight of my time in the MALAS Program was being around other colleagues who shared the same interests as me even though the program was built around each students' focus on unique subjects. I’ve been able to make lifelong friends that will carry on even after graduation. I was recently accepted into the Rhetoric Writing Studies M.A. Program at SDSU where I intend to work towards a second master’s as well as teaching RWS. 

Being a student of the arts involves a lot of reading. What's your favorite way to consume literature - binge-reading or a chapter at a time? Any specific setting or technique you use to really immerse yourself in the text?

I like to take it one chapter at a time. Sometimes I feel it’s best to just take in all that you’ve read before moving on too quick. Reading chapter by chapter allows me to focus on the main characters and the overall purpose in each book.

The SDSU Press has published a myriad of titles from comix to cultural criticism. With over 150 titles to offer, any piece we cover is sure to have an impact on the way we view our world. How has your work with the Press changed your life? 

Having read our most popular books, as well as integrating them into my curriculum as Teaching Associate at SDSU, it’s been rewarding. I’ve been able to form my own thoughts and opinions on the different aspects of cultural criticism.

If you had to pick your favorite titles to recommend from SDSU Press, what would they be? 

1. Cultural Studies in the Digital Age: An Anthology of 21st Century Interdisciplinary Inquiries, Postulations, and Findings – Antonio Rafele, William Nericcio, Frederick Aldama

I highly recommend this book as it touches base on things that are currently going on in society. I was able to use this book in my RWS200 course and help students have a better understanding of cultural studies. My students were able to connect to concepts that were mentioned in the book. I will continue to be using this course in my future classes as well.

2. Tex[t] Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America - William Nericcio

I've been able to use this book beyond the classes in which it was required reading. Dr. Nericcio doesn't hold back and lets his readers know the truth. I think anyone from any culture can read this book and relate to it in some way or another.

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Thank you for your time, David. You can find more from this budding blogger at our Aztec Paper Blog, linked below, or by signing up for one of his classes at SDSU!