Puerto del Sol of New Mexico State University
For more than half a century, Puerto del Sol has published innovative work from new and emerging writers and artists in an effort to produce the best magazine possible. Over the years, we’ve featured poems, stories, and essays by writers like Dagoberto Gilb, Joy Harjo, George Saunders, Naomi Shihab Nye, DA Powell, Ray Gonzalez, Leslie Marmon Silko, Sequoia Nagamatsu, Thylias Moss, Sylvia Watanabe, and David Foster Wallace, among others. For some, it was their very first publication.
Flash forward to 2015, and we are embarking on an exciting new chapter in Puerto’s storied history. This summer, we launched the Puerto del Sol Black Voices Series, a literary series on our blog devoted to showcasing black-identified writers and their work. We believe that creating and fostering this kind of space is integral to changing the way in which the literary landscape profiles marginalized voices. Black voices matter, and we are proud to provide a platform that highlights the work of new and established black writers. The series’ sixth installment will appear this month, and writers may review our submissions guidelines here.
We are very excited to announce the publication of our very first digital issue, which will debut on our website this fall. We will continue to publish our printed issues in the spring. On September 15, Puerto del Sol’s open submission period begins, and we continue to seek out inspired and electric work, the kind that lingers on the mind’s peripherals long after the page is turned.
Furthermore, Puerto del Sol is committed to publishing diverse voices and highlighting the work of marginalized authors. For far too long, writers of colour, disabled writers, genderqueer or gender non-conforming writers, LGBTQ+ writers, and others have been shut out of traditional publishing, their voices erased from the conversation, and this is and has been unacceptable. It is our responsibility as publishers and literary citizens to advocate for diversity in publishing, to be vocal as we do it, and to establish a literary community that is founded on inclusivity and intersectionality.
With this in mind, we hope that you will send us your best and bravest work. We are waiting and we are listening.