Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora

Edited by Saraciea J. Fennell. Flatiron, $18.99 (272p) ISBN 978-1-250-76342-6
In her introduction to this exquisitely curated nonfiction YA anthology, editor/contributor Fennell writes, “Too often individuals from the Latinx diaspora are placed into a box, into stereotypes, that society deems necessary to define us. But we are so much more than the myths, than the stereotypes, than what white people and Western ideals, want us to believe.” Featuring 15 personal essays and poems from members of the Latinx diaspora, including Elizabeth Acevedo, Meg Medina, and Ibi Zoboi, this anthology not only presents newer voices alongside “old favorites” but also dismantles the idea that there is a single way to express one’s Latinx identity or to write about diasporic experiences. From Mark Oshiro’s skillful use of repetition and second-person narration in “Eres un Pocho” to the visceral, sharp-edged free verse of Natasha Diaz’s “Caution Song,” each contributor experiments with structure, narration, and language to candidly explore the complexities of identity and culture. With its inclusion of historically underrepresented Latinx voices, including Afro-Latinx, Caribbean, and Central American perspectives, the book uplifts and celebrates breadth and diversity within a broader community. A standout array of talent. Ages 12–up. Agent: Patrice Caldwell, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Nov.)
Reviewed on : 09/30/2021
Release date: 09/14/2021
Genre: Children's
Library Binding - 978-1-4328-9228-9
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