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Featuring Piri Thomas

The photo of a smiling Piri Thomas wearing glasses and a Superman T-Shirt graces the cover of the new CENTRO Journal, which is now available for purchase.

The colorful cover art in the journal’s newest edition is  Inmortal Piri by Miguel Trelles (with Photoshop assistance by Jonas Hidalgo). The spring, 2012 edition also, includes  an essay about Piri Thomas by Arnaldo Cruz-Malave titled “The Antifoundational Foundational Fiction of Piri Thomas (1928-2012),” which is on the legacy of the writer and our inheritance.

Centro has been publishing its award-winning journal for twenty-five years now.  For the first time, readers will be able to purchase the current issue of the CENTRO Journal online. This year’s edition is also in a new format: it’s smaller, so it is easier to carry.

In addition to the essay about Piri Thomas, CENTRO Journal includes six other peer-reviewed essays in English or Spanish. They are: “Slipping and Sliding: The Many Meanings of Race in Life Histories of New York Puerto Rican Return Migrants in San Juan,” by Eileen J. Findlay; “Asserting Their Rights: Puerto Ricans in Their Quest for Social Justice,” by Milagros Denis-Rosario; “Ricky Martin Ain’t No Dixie Chick’: Or, How We Can Learn a Few Things About Citizenship and Invisibility from Popular Culture,” by Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo; “Puerto Rico’s Language Officialization Debates: Perspectives from a Mountain Corridor Community,” by Elaine Shenk; and “With the Focus on the I/Eye: Shame and Narcissism in Angel Lozada’s No quiero quedarme sola y vacia (2006),” by Maria Celina Bortolotto; and “ ‘El siglo XX literario está enternamente en deuda con el siglo XX cinematográfico’: una entrevista con Luis Rafael Sánchez,” by Raquel Puig-Campos.

The journal also includes a rare interview with iconic author Rosario Ferré by Frances Negrón-Muntaner. Recorded in 2002, the exchange with Ferré poses questions on a variety of topics, including racial politics, bilingualism in contemporary Puerto Rican society, and the potential of literature to offer Puerto Ricans an enduring sense of self-worth in political and cultural terms.

In addition, there are seven book reviews in English or Spanish that are related to the field of Puerto Rican studies. Ivis García reviews Latino Urban Ethnography and the Work of Elena Padilla, edited by Mérida M. Rúa; Ruth Glasser reviews De Margarita a El Cumbachero, vida musical, imaginación racial y discurso histórico en la sociedad puertorriqueña (1898-1940), by Noel Allende-Goitía; Lorena García reviews Surviving HIV/AIDS in the Inner City; How Resourceful Latinas Beat the Odds, by Marie Sabrina Chase; Efraín Barradas reviews Triangulations: Narrative Strategies for Navigating Latino Identity, by David J. Vázquez; Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo reviews Blurred Borders: Transnational Migration between the Hispanic Caribbean and the United States, by Jorge Duany; Gabriel Haslip-Viera reviews The Myth of Indigenous Caribbean Extinction: Continuity and Reclamation in Borikén (Puerto Rico), by Tony Castanha; and Iris Zavala Martínez reviews Healing Dramas: Divination and Magic in Modern Puerto Rico, by Raquel Romberg.

Since its first number in 1987, CENTRO Journal has proven to be one of the Centro's most important links to the public. A multidisciplinary, bilingual, peer-reviewed publication that welcomes scholarly articles in the humanities and the social and natural sciences, as well as interpretive essays, interviews, fiction, reviews and art, the journal reflects developments in the field of Puerto Rican studies.

For more information on the CENTRO Journal, visit http://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/centro-journal. To order a copy of the spring, 2012 edition online at $15 click here.

Or choose  an annual subscription, at $25 For subscriptions contact  Ms. Noraliz Ruiz(212-772-5718) or write to: Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, E-1429, New York, NY  10065, Annual subscriptions are currently  accepted online.

Out-of-print editions of the CENTRO Journal from previous years can be read  online free on our website.