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There Is No Memory That isn’t Tinged with Darkness

José Angel Araguz
Photo of José Angel Araguz featured on Southeast Review’s website

In Southeast Review‘s special Online content, John Sibley Williams interviews José Angel Araguz, a CantoMundo fellow, author of several chapbooks and collections, and the Editor-in-Chief of Salamander.

Araguz talks about how place, specifically Corpus Christi, Texas and Matamoros, Tamaulipas, has defined him, his work, and his politics.

Not only is my family’s story scattered across these two places, but some of the essential issues of our times play out on this border: immigration from a variety of countries (not just Mexico), narcotraffico, and the ensuing violence against women, children, and the poor. There is no memory that isn’t tinged with darkness, with threat and danger.

Since Araguz’s work does feature a lot of his own culture, he is asked how he approaches work to make it universal to readers of all cultures and his response is great: “I tread carefully around the word “universal.” There’s so much instability to language that to count on a poem alone, the mere words on the page, to be universal, is to invite failure.”

Learn more about José Angel Araguz, how he crafts his poetry, and how his experiences helped form his work.

Southeast Review Offering Full Issues Online in 2020

In a recent article in The Writer, the future of literary magazines was a hot topic and current editors of journals responded with how the literary magazine publishing landscape is evolving. One thing that was clear was that change and adaptation is needed in order for journals to survive.

Southeast Review created an online component to its print publication known as SER TWO: This Week Online in which they published fresh content on a weekly basis. They are now taking things one step further as they hope to transition to fully online.

Beginning with their Spring 2020 issue, they will offer their biannual issues not only in print format, but also entirely online. Read up on this change in Editor-in-Chief Zach Linge’s Letter from the Editor.