The inner flame holds afresh in this latest release.

New poems by Frank Varela (b.1949) preceded by a tidy choice from those harvested for three decades might at first foreshadow a want for closure, especially at a time when his past, he says, has become longer than his futur...

Book prologue to Caleb’s Exile (2009) by Frank Varela.

Once again, Frank Varela (Serpent Underfoot, 1993; Bitter Coffee, 2001) is about to rescue the reader inveigled by the rather flimsy tags fastened on Puerto Rican literature written in the U.S. and chiefly in English. If...

The latest book by Manuel García-Guatas bridges a critical gap in the life of Cuba’s National Hero.

Those well acquainted and with ears ever perked at any new findings on the life and exploits of José Martí (1853-1895) have always missed a fuller, in-depth look into his life...

Religious allegory may be dwarfing José Martí’s true stature.

Fundamentalism since 9/11 reacts by attempting to re-institute its original state of affairs. Dozed hearts awake. Heretics chime in by clutching the chance to scrutinize and thwart all blind beliefs. Crimes chafed...

This newly minted band in American roots tickles as when rocking one’s bare foot over a patch of sundrenched meadow sprouts.

Just when roots music lovers in Central Florida thought they had feasted on their very best with the prodigious striplings known as Jubal’s Kin, here’s...

The poet bests himself as he weds his upcoming collection to the art of the late mad and telling great master.

That “noise in my head…,” complained at the end Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, the first of the modern painters from Spain (1746-1828) whose work chronicled the...

The revolutionary and great master of literature despised the writer tag while modernizing Latin America through his in-depth journalism.

On this upcoming January 28, admirers from all over the world will rejoice the 160th birthday of José Martí (1853-1895), Cuba’s national h...

His friendly, literature-as-life approach keeps Magellan’s daring spirit alive.

Literature as life—the claim has become cliché among quality book addicts, but to read Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) really sparks a live adventure loaded with its own share of risks. The absorbency of...

The master narrator found an ignored Latin America in the “unexpected alteration of reality” of her marvelous time warp.

In the very last pages of his second novel, The Kingdom of this World (1949), Alejo Carpentier (1904-1980) voices the fundamental creed that would guide hi...

The reluctant Father of the New Left nurtured ideas that boosted the reach of high art.

In the hippie days of yore, the German philosopher and critical theorist Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979) rose to become a guru among those that sought for a radical alternative to the status q...

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By Egberto Almenas, PhD

Writer, artist, former tenured research professor.

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