"Resistencia could not be more timely. It is a stunning collection of revelations and witness... Indispensable."
– Luis Alberto Urrea
Below you will find our Resistencia anthology, ready for pre-purchase straight from Bookshop, so you'll be one of the first to have it in your hands while also helping out local bookstores around the country. We are also developing a curated list of available books by the poets and translators included in the collection, along with other pertinent titles that tie into the themes of the anthology. Please start off with at least Resistencia if you don't have it already, but hopefully these other titles with further enrich, expand your experience. Any proceeds from purchases of the book made through this page will not only support independent bookstores, but also the literary non-profit Red Poppy, the organization behind the Resistencia project. Every bit helps to fund our outreach and education programs around the anthology.
Mark Eisner, Julia Alvarez, et al.$18.95 $17.43
"A groundbreaking collection of works by over 50 poets, Resistencia is alive with bravery, feminism, strength, agency, protest, power and hope." – Ms. Magazine
Javier Zamora$16.00 $14.72
Javier is one of the youngest poets in the collection. His father fled El Salvador when Javier was a year old, as did his mother when he was about to turn five. Both parents’ migrations were caused by the US-funded Salvadoran Civil War (1980–1992). In 1999, Zamora migrated through Guatemala, Mexico, and eventually the Sonoran Desert. After a coyote abandoned his group in Oaxaca, Zamora managed to make it to Arizona with the aid of other migrants. "Zamora’s resourcefulness is one of his most distinctive qualities as a poet. "-- The New Yorker
Mark Eisner$19.99 $18.39
The acclaimed biography of one of the most iconic resistance poets of the 20th century. It braids together three major strands of Neruda’s life—his world-revered poetry; his political engagement; and his tumultuous, even controversial, personal life—forming a single cohesive narrative of intimacy and breadth, and showing the efficacy of the self-proclaimed "people's poet" ability to create social change through verse. Written by Resistencia's co-editor Mark Eisner, with the participation of contributors Megan Coxe, Jessica Powell, Carolina de Roberits, among others. Features input by Resistencia poets such as Raúl Zurita. A Finalist for the PEN/Bograd Weld Prize for Biography. Basis for Mark's Paris Review essay, "What We Can Learn from Neruda's Poetry of Resistance"
Gioconda Belli$16.95 $15.59
Gioconda has been crucial in the anthology's evolution. While there are several volumes of her poems translated into English, this memoir from the electrifying Nicaraguan is just gorgeous and so important. Salmon Rushdie describes it as "a passionate, lyrical, tough-minded account of an extraordinary life in art, revolution, and love. It's a book to relish, to read and re-read. Unforgettable."
Carolina De Robertis$26.95 $24.26
Yet another moving book by Carolina, who translated Rebeca Lane's rap "Poisonous Poetry" for the anthology. And this lucious novel, set in her native Uraguay flows with sweeping Resistencia prose. As the New York Times put it: "Cantoras is bold and unapologetic, a challenge to the notion of ‘normalcy’ and a tribute to the power of love, friendship and political resistance. It’s a revolutionary fable, ideal for this moment, offered with wisdom and care.”
Carlos Drummond de Andrade$25.00
Featuring Richard Zenith's translation of "International Symposium of Fear,” this collection he assembled is the most dynamic and vivid collection of Drummond's poetry. The poetry is transformational, in its own words, and in the experience one has by reading it. The voice of Brazil's emblematic, masterful, lyrical resistance poet is needed now more than ever under his country's--the world's---current political situation.
Nancy Morejon$17.00 $15.64
Nancy's latest book, focused on the city that gives her life and poetry, Habana de Cuba. She shows her city through her Afro-Caribbean identity, showing--as much of her work does-- the role of women in the city, expressing their part in its revolutionary reconstruction.
Daisy's poetic style is marked by its political, humanitarian, and feminist commitments. She joined the Sandinista National Liberation Front in Nicaragua in 1973, clandestinely acting as programming director and announcer on Radio Sandino. With the triumph of the Sandinista revolution, she took on the responsibilities of vice minister of culture until 1982. Zamora has also been an editor, translator, lecturer, and cultural promoter, particularly of poetry written by women. She currently teaches in San Francisco State University’s Dept. of Latina/Latino Studies.
The Poetry Foundation has described Raúl as “one of Latin America’s most celebrated and controversial poets.” This volume is translated by our incredible contributor Anna Deeny. This is a landmark book that sets up Anna and Raúl's collection of his selected poems, "Sky Below." “There isn’t a more important contemporary writer than Raúl Zurita. And through her insistent attention to diction and syntax, Anna Deeny creates an English poetry as abrupt, heuristic, sweeping, and finally redemptive as the Spanish; to wit, she delivers Zurita’s genius.” —Forrest Gander. "Raúl Zurita is one of the essential poets of the twenty-first century, and we are fortunate to have these fiercely beautiful translations." —Robert Hass
Reina Maria Rodriguez$18.00
This new book by one of our most exciting contemporary poets was co-translated by Kristin Dykstra, who translated Reina Maria for Resistencia. And it won the 2020 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation...
staunch defender of the rights of the marginalized, Guillén is considered one of the pioneers of Afro-Antillean poetry. In this collection of his selected poems, re-issued thirty years after its original publication, we are introduced to the the son of Cuban music and Afro-Cuban folklore, within a poetic literary context, one that never ceases to condemn the discrepancies of class and imperialism.
A stellar book edited by Barbara Pashke, a major contributor to Resistencia, and translated by Jack Hirschman, who translated the Dalton poem in the anthology. (this book is sometimes on backorder, not currently available)
The most recent collection of Dalton's poetry to be published. As our friend E. Ethelbert Miller wrote, ""How amazing to talk of love and death in the same breath.... Roque Dalton's poetry celebrates man's desire to live in this hemisphere. This man's work hits me harder than springtime." (Check out Ethelbert's poetry in our Bookshop list, "Support Red Poppy and indie bookstores by buying cool books here" :)
Gabriela Mistral$34.95 $31.46
Latin America's first Nobel Laureate translated by the visionary Ursula K. Le Guin, who could win a Nobel, but has won the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters among so many other awards in her prolific career.
Elicura Chihuailaf Nahuelpan$28.00
Fernanda García Lao$15.95 $14.67
Pre-order now to get in on all the excitement about this deliriously wonderful novel coming early 2021 from Fernanda García Lao. It's her first book published in English. Fernanda, from Argentina, who contributed one of the most powerful contemporary poems in the anthology. to anthology. Will Vanderhyden translated it, as he did this book.
Resistencia: Coming September 15, 2020. It really helps to pre-order now!
More information about the book can be found here (where you can still buy it from Bookshop)