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Mandorla: Nueva escritura de las Américas / New Writing from the Americas


Mandorla: Nueva escritura de las Américas / New Writing from the Americas




Mandorla was founded in Mexico City by Roberto Tejada, who edited the first 5 issues. With issue no. 6, guest edited by Esther Allen, and no. 7, guest edited by Kristin Dykstra, the magazine moved first to New York City and Buffalo, and then to the Publication Unit at Illinois State University. Tejada, Dykstra, and Gabriel Bernal Granados co-edited issues 7–16. The magazine’s contributing editors included Rosa Alcalá, Esther Allen, Daniel Borzutzky, Susan Briante, Ricardo Cortez Cruz, Mónica de la Torre, Gabriel Gudding, Reynaldo Jiménez, Juliet Lynd, Urayoán Noel, James J. Pancrazio, and Rodrigo Toscano.

Mandorla is perhaps the preeminent trans-hemispheric journal of the 1990s–2010s. It offered a crucial space for translation and exchange among writers and artists located in Cuba, Chile, Mexico, the U.S., and elsewhere. Tejada has defined the family resemblances of this “complex network” in this way:

"[W]ork that takes seriously the specifics of one’s place in the world, the circumstance of history in this hemisphere, and the awareness that one’s language is inextricable from the economic and political policies that drive the uneven distribution of modernity."


Tejada, Roberto
Dykstra, Kristin
Bernal, Gabriel


1991-2013, irregular (1-16)


Issues in this collection have been made available by Kristin Dykstra, Roberto Tejada, Steve Halle and the Illinois State University Publications Unit, and by Northwestern University Library and University of Illinois Chicago Library