Sin Fronteras: Navigating, Representing, and Publishing Latine Authors

Room 2215A, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
9:00 am to 10:15 am


As the United States continues to diversify, state legislatures advance bills that target people of color and the LGBTQ+ community. Publishing is one of the only industries that gives a truer representation of the richly complex Latine populations in the U.S. and their contribution to culture, history, and literary landscape. This panel of independent publishers from the U.S.-Mexico border discusses the importance of publishing Latine, including LGBTQ+ Latine authors in Texas and the U.S..

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_EVENT_OUTLINE-Sin_Fronteras_.pdf



Viktoria Valenzuela is a Macondista and Zoeglossia Fellow. Her writings keep keen focus on Chican@ m(other)ing as disruption and political action.

Cloud Delfina Cardona is a poet and artist from San Antonio, Texas. They are the cofounder of Infrarrealista Review, a nonprofit organization that promotes and publishes Texan writers. She is the author of What Remains, winner of the 2020 Host Publications Prize.

Carlos Fidel Espinoza is a writer and musician, thriving on the vibrant US-Mexico border. His poetry collection How to Lie to a Customs Agent won the Southwest Book Award, and his novel The Sacred History of Braulio Cantero was recently published by FlowerSong Press.

Maria Maloney is the author of two books of poetry, The Lost Letters of Mileva and Cracked Spaces. She is the founder and publisher of Mouthfeel Press and the outreach coordinator for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead annual festival.

Edward Vidaurre is an award-winning poet and author of nine collections of poetry. He is the 2018–19 City of McAllen, Texas Poet Laureate, a 2022 inductee to the Texas Institute of Letters, and publisher of FlowerSong Press.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center