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Amanda Galvan Huynh Presents Songs of Brujería

Join us for a special one night only poetry performance as we celebrate the chapbook release of SONGS OF BRUJERIA by Amanda Galvan Huynh! RSVP Here

Leah Tieger
Callie Gill


“This emotionally poignant and skillfully crafted chapbook captures the intergenerational stories of a Latinx family as they move across Texas to work the fields. At its center is a frayed mother figure, whose life teaches us about violence, survival, womanhood, migration, death, and love. As the speaker notes in the title poem: “She would teach me how to listen to the magic / found in those nights—as if all I had / to do was press my ear to my pulse—to find my way home.” Galvan Huynh learned this lesson well because every page pulses with memory and song.” -Craig Santos Perez, from unincorporated territory

“In Songs of Brujería, Amanda Galvan Huynh deftly explores the entanglements of identity for the mestizo latinx woman. Here you will not find poems full of elixirs and spells, nowhere the botánica love spell. The book, rather, is itself is an act of the sacred medicine from which brujería stems: taken together, these poems form an act of healing, of clarifying and unburdening the spirit from what ails it. The speech of the poems is plain, prose-like, but turned on the lathe of the line, silences and spaces are carved out — making much-needed windows that bring light into the repressed rooms of the family house. Narratives here are drawn out vertically, opening them, revealing their hidden layers. Galvan Huynh bears witness to the cycles of harm with endless compassion, acknowledging the larger forces of colonization and patriarchy that inform identity and family relationships, particularly those of mothers and daughters. The book urges us to examine our own wounds and those of others, to ask the difficult questions, to keep reaching after what is lost, to be the authors and keepers of our own history.” -Stephanie Adams-Santos, Swarm Queen's Crown

AMANDA GALVAN HUYNH is a Mexican American writer from Texas. She is the author of Songs of Brujería (Big Lucks) and Co-Editor of Of Color: Poets' Ways of Making: An Anthology of Transformative Poetics (The Operating System). Her writing has been supported by The MacDowell Colony, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and others. Her poetry can be read in print and online journals such as Hayden's Ferry Review, Puerto del Sol, Hypertext Magazine, and The Southampton Review.

LEAH TIEGER lives in a house with more windows than walls. Her work appears in Pleiades, Redivider, Entropy, Rattle, and other places.

CALLIE GILL graduated with a Bachelors degree in English Literature from The University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Poetry from Texas State University. She’s the former Managing Editor of Front Porch Journal. She currently lives in Dallas, Texas with her partner and fat calico.

Later Event: September 24
Book Cult - Binary Star