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Aztlan Libre Press, an independent Xican@ press based out of San Antonio, Texas, announces the publication of its sixth book: Reyes Cárdenas: Chicano Poet 1970-2010.

Organized mostly in chronological order, this book is a 40-year retrospective of Reyes Cárdenas’ life and work written from 1970-2010. It's divided into 11 sections; five of which are selections from previous publications, and six are new, never before published collections of poetry.

This book also features cover artwork and 11 original black and white title-page illustrations for each section by San Antonio artist, L.A. David; plus, an introductory essay on Reyes’ work by noted Chicano literary critic, Associate Professor of English, and Director of the Mexican-American Studies Center at Texas Lutheran University, Juan Rodríguez. 

“Reyes Cárdenas’ work boldly depicts the outrageous ironies and wildly brutal truths of our humanity. Everyone is found here, from the Royal Chicano Air Force to Buddy Holly, and from Emily Dickinson to Gulliver to the S.S. Gloria Anzaldúa, and somehow they all confess honestly to each other in the unassuming genius of one of Aztlan’s most prolific poets and most constant chroniclers… A powerful and courageous poet.”
Carmen Tafolla, Poet Laureate, City of San Antonio

“My hope is that this ground-breaking book will be the means by which Reyes Cardenas will indeed ‘roar’ as loudly as any great poet of the past and present.”
From the Introduction by Juan Rodríguez

Purchase Reyes Cárdenas: Chicano Poet 1970-2010 at 15% off through April 30. Visit to purchase other Aztlan Libre Press publicationsFor a review copy, contact Anisa Onofre or Juan Tejeda at Aztlan Libre Press books are also available through Small Press Distribution at

Anisa Onofre
Juan Tejeda


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