Special Call for Submissions

A Performance of Breath, guest edited by Peggy Robles-Alvarado and Lupe Méndez

Deadline: July 1, 2019


“The notion of poetry as cultural criticism is not new:  it harks back both to folk poetry traditions – as in Puerto Rican declamadores (“poetry performers”) and trovadores (“oral poets”) – and to a series of vanguard or countercultural literary movements (the Dadaists, the Beats), and it is recognizable in the contemporary practices of slam poetry and def poetry,” Urayoán Noel writes in In Visible Movement that painstakingly traces the Nuyorican poetic shifts and evolutions from the 1960s to the 1990s in New York City, including in his in-depth textual analyses close readings of the poetic and performative works of those periods. 

In this issue, The Acentos Review invites all those artists and writers who create and write at the edge of breath, who consider the word and the performance of that word (in gesture, sound, breath, tone, nuance, and other performative aspects) to submit new work.  This is inclusive of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, music, art, translation, and multigenre work.  Too often those who embrace the ephemeral, literary and artistic creation in line with an elusive and uncontained moment, find publication difficult or impossible.  In this issue, we invite those works to find home in a community to which you and your work always belonged. 

There’s a tension in publishing in a medium in which the breath of the audience is separate from the breath and creation act of the writer. The work created, particularly in an online forum but similar to any page, separates the breath into two locations, also separated by time. With video though, there is a sharing of breath and co-creation through time.  The artist performs and in performing creates and recreates the literary work through lived experience – the living becomes the poem - and in every instant that it is experienced again by the watcher/community member, that breath and intention is remade into rippling of air and creation energy.

We call on the ancestors, all who defied limitations.  In this issue, we resist boundaries and the dilution of your creative spirits.  Bring your whole, authentic self!

Submit your literary, theatrical, artistic, and musical work in .doc, .docx, .pdf, audio or video file, or unlisted Youtube or Vimeo link.  We ask that, in your cover letter, you write a short paragraph on how you approach performance in your work and that you complete the statement:  “Being Latinx means to me ….” 

We look forward to experiencing and living within your work.




Hailing from Washington Heights in Manhattan, now a proud resident of The Bronx, Dominican - Puerto Rican author Peggy Robles-Alvarado, utilized her affinity for language and developed the talent that eventually earned her several scholarships enabling her to transform her identity from teen mother to the recipient of master’s degrees in elementary and bilingual education. Not only is she a passionate elementary school educator and writer, she is also a CantoMundo, Academy for Teachers and Home School Fellow as well as a two time International Latino Book Award winner who received her MFA in Performance and Performance Studies at Pratt Institute with a 4.0 GPA and an award in academic excellence. She is a 2014 BRIO performance poet award winner and in 2016 she was named one of the 25 Most Influential Women of the Bronx, A BCA Arts Fund and Spaceworks Bronx Community Artist grant recipient. Peggy has been published in 92Y’s #wordswelivein, NACLA, The Center for Puerto Rican Studies and The Bronx Memoir Project. She has been featured on HBO Habla Women, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Poets and Writers Connecting Cultures Reading and The BADD!ASS Women Festival. Peggy's emphasis on the value of words for healing, transformation, and the fostering of a positive cultural identity have allowed her to continuously create and support literary events through Robleswrites Productions. 


Originally from Galveston, TX, Lupe (Writer//Educator//Activist) works with Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their SayBrazilian Arts Foundation and other organizations to promote poetry events, advocate for literacy/literature and organize creative writing workshops that are open to the public. He is the founder of Tintero Projects and works with emerging Latinx writers and other writers of color within the Texas Gulf Coast Region, with Houston as its hub. In addition, Lupe co-hosts INKWELL - a collaborative podcast creation between Tintero Projects and Inprint, placing a monthly spotlight on Regional, National and International Latinx writers and other Writers of Color. Mendez is a CantoMundo Fellow , Macondo Fellow aand an Emerging Poet Incubator Fellow WHY I AM LIKE TEQUILA and his newest collection of poetry -  is forthcoming from Willow Books

Mendez has close to 20 years of experience as a performance poet - having opened up for such notable writers as Dagoberto Gilb, Esmeralda Santiago and the late Raul Salinas. He has shared his poetry across the country in places like the Holocaust Museum Houston, the Jung Center, MECA (Houston,TX), the Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts (San Francisco,CA), the National Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque,NM)  and the Mexican American Cultural Center (Austin,TX). Mendez has served as a keynote speaker/poetry performer all across Texas. He has hosted writing workshop opportunities across the country, most recently as a teaching artist for the Poetry Foundation (Chicago, IL) as it hosts its Teacher Poetry Summits in MIami, FL and Chicago, IL. 


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