Daughters of Latin America Anthology

Daughters of Latin America anthology

Daughters of Latin America

An International Anthology of Writing by Latine Women

By Sandra Guzman

Spanning time, styles, and traditions, a dazzling collection of essential works from 140 Latine writers, scholars, and activists from across the world—from warrior poet Audre Lorde to novelist Edwidge Danticat and performer and author Elizabeth Acevedo and artist/poet Cecilia Vicuña—gathered in one magnificent volume.

Daughters of Latin America collects the intergenerational voices of Latine women across time and space, capturing the power, strength, and creativity of these visionary writers, leaders, scholars, and activists—including 24 Indigenous voices. Several authors featured are translated into English for the first time. Grammy, National Book Award, Cervantes, and Pulitzer Prize winners as well as a Nobel Laureate and the next generation of literary voices are among the stars of this essential collection, women whose work inspires and transforms us.

An eclectic and inclusive time capsule spanning centuries, genres, and geographical and linguistic diversity, Daughters of Latin America is divided into 13 parts representing the 13 Mayan Moons, each cycle honoring a different theme. Within its pages are poems from U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón and celebrated Cervantes Prize–winner Dulce María Loynaz; lyric essays from New York Times bestselling author Naima Coster, Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Guggenheim Fellow Maryse Condé; rousing speeches from U.S. Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, and Lencan Indigenous land and water protector Berta Caceres; and a transcendent Mazatec chant from shaman and poet María Sabina testifying to the power of language as a cure, which opens the book.

More than a collection of writings, Daughters of Latin America is a resurrection of ancestral literary inheritance as well as a celebration of the rising voices encouraged and nurtured by those who came before them. 

Daughters of Latin America Anthology Contributors

The Daughters of Latin America anthology features Elizabeth Acevedo, Julia Alvarez, Albalucia Angel, Marie Arana, Ruth Behar, Gioconda Belli, Miluska Benavides, Carmen Bouollosa, Giannina Braschi, Norma Cantú, Ana Castillo, Sandra Cisneros, Angie Cruz, Edwidge Danticat, Julia de Burgos, Laura Esquivel, Conceição Evaristo, Mayra Santos Febres, Sara Gallardo, Cristina Rivera Garza, Reyna Grande, Sonia Guiñasaca, María Hinojosa, Claudia Salazar Jimenez, Jamaica Kincaid, Amada Libertad, Josefina López, Gabriela Mistral, Celeste Mohammed, Cherrié Moraga, Angela Morales, Nancy Morejón, Anaïs Nin, Achy Obejas, Alejandra Pizarnik, Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro, Elena Poniatowska, Laura Restrepo, Ivelisse Rodriguez, Mikeas Sánchez, Esmeralda Santiago, Rita Laura Segato, Ana María Shua, Elisabet Velasquez, Helena María Viramontes, and more.

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Daughters of Latin America Anthology Readings

Daughters of Latin America

Daughters of Latin America: An Anthology Reading Hosted by Rosie Perez

With Giannina Braschi, Sonia Guiñansaca, Sandra Guzmán, Jamaica Kincaid, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro, Esmeralda Santiago, Elisabet Velasquez and others


Christopher Lightfoot Walker Reading Series

Fri, Sep 8, 2023, 7:30 pm ET

Academy Award-nominated actress Rosie Perez hosts a historic, multilingual gathering of major and emerging Caribbean and Latine writers from the new anthology Daughters of Latin America — including Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes, acclaimed memoirist and screenwriter Esmeralda Santiago, and others. Spanning time, styles, and traditions — and expertly curated by Sandra Guzmán — Daughters of Latin America is a dazzling collection of essential works from 140 Latine writers, scholars, and activists. Witness this celebratory summit of literary voices representing a multitude of languages, geographies, and diasporas — a major event in world literature to kick off the Unterberg Poetry Center’s 85th-anniversary season.