Brian Van Reet

New Border Voices: An Anthology

New Border Voices

From Texas A&M University Press:

When the “counter-canon” itself becomes canonized, it’s time to reload. This is the notion that animates New Border Voices, an anthology of recent and rarely seen writing by Borderlands artists from El Paso to Brownsville—and a hundred miles on either side. Challenging the assumption that borderlands writing is the privileged product of the 1970s and ’80s, the vibrant community represented in this collection offers tasty bits of regional fare that will appeal to a wide range of readers and students.


Students of Texas literature will want this as an index of both up-and-coming and canonical writers.

  • Kirkus Reviews

New Border Voices contains more than just dirty realism. It is also full of love letters to and about the region, presented in styles and voices as diverse as the landscape between Brownsville and Ciudad Juárez.

  • Texas Observer

New Border Voices will no doubt spark animated exchanges on the state of Borderlands studies; as such, this text can be useful for scholars of western American literature and border literature as well as interdisciplinary studies

  • Western American Literature

Successfully avoiding sentimentality and cliché, the authors represented in New Border Voices tackle tradition and assimilation, language, belonging, alienation, superstition, modernity, violence, justice, the land itself, and necessary compromise.

  • Concho River Review

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