The Alta California Chapbook Prize selects two chapbooks by Latinx poets living in California for publication in bilingual editions. Translation will be completed by the judges; entries may be sent in English or Spanish. The winning poets will each receive $250.00, 10 copies of the published chapbook, and an invitation to read at the Mission Poetry Series in Santa Barbara. We especially encourage poets living on the Central Coast in Santa Barbara, Ventura, or San Luis Obispo counties. Special attention will be given to poets who have not yet published a full-length collection. More information here.
We are excited to announce that this year’s judge is Francisco Aragón. He is the son of Nicaraguan immigrants and a native of San Francisco, California. He holds degrees in Spanish from UC Berkeley and NYU. After a decade living in Spain, Aragón completed graduate degrees in creative writing from UC Davis and the University of Notre Dame. In 2003 he joined the faculty of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, where he established Letras Latinas and where he also teaches a literature course in Latinx poetry and a poetry writing workshop. A CantoMundo fellow and a member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop, he is the author of three books: Puerta del Sol (2005); Glow of Our Sweat (2010); and After Rubén (2020). He is also the editor of the anthology, The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (2017) and the author of four chapbooks, most recently His Tongue a Swath of Sky (2019). His poems and translations have appeared in various print and online journals, as well as in more than twenty anthologies.
The series is edited by Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Emma Trelles. She is the daughter of Cuban immigrants and the author of Tropicalia (University of Notre Dame Press), winner of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize and a finalist for Foreword-Indies poetry book of the year.
“Equal parts lament, memoir, and lyric, this chapbook is written in a wholly original voice that is as accomplished as it is precise. Each poem reveals another sharply crafted layer of memory and observation—whether about family, chess, death, or how remembering is a way of keeping love intact.”
“These poems read and sometimes physically appear like a sprawling Latinx pillowbook, filled with the intimate and honest particulars of family and what it means to navigate language, landscape, and girl/woman/hood. This chap is all heart, image, and sound
—and then some.”