Aragón poetry book named essential contribution to libraries

Author: Arts and Letters

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“The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry,” edited by Francisco Aragn, director of Letras Latinas, the literary program of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), will be named among “The Best of the Best from the University Presses: Books You Should Know About” at the American Library Association’s annual conference in June.

Selected by librarians who work daily with high school students and the general public, “The Wind Shifts” (published by University of Arizona Press) is among 24 titles recognized for lively scholarship and that demonstrate the vital role of university presses in the world of publishing.

“The Wind Shifts” gathers for the first time works by emerging Latino poets in the 21st century and features poems about traveling and living overseas, as well as works rooted in the natural world, embedded in suburbia, nourished by life on the U.S.-Mexico border and electrified by life in the big city.

The 24 “Best of the Best” titles will be featured in the 18th edition of “University Press Books Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries.” More than 13,000 copies of the resource, which is a collaboration of the Association of American University Presses, American Association of School Libraries and Public Library Association, will be distributed free of charge to librarians nationwide and will be available online to others around the world.

Letras Latinas seeks to enhance the visibility, appreciation and study of Latino literature, both on and off the Notre Dame campus, with a focus on projects that identify and support emerging Latino writers.

Contact: Francisco Aragn,

Originally published by Shannon Chapla at on May 29, 2008.