A Latinx Heritage Month Reading List book covers

This Latinx Heritage Month, PEN America is proud to collaborate on a reading list with Tia Chucha Press and Bookstore. Tia Chucha Press is one of the country’s leading small cross-cultural presses, focused on socially engaged poetry and literature that matters, beginning in 1989 with the publication of Luis J. Rodriguez’s first book, Poems Across the Pavement. Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural, based in California’s Northeast San Fernando Valley, provides free or low-cost arts and literacy bilingual intergenerational programming, while Tia Chucha’s independent bookstore sells culturally diverse books and produces literary events.

As this reading list centers the work of writers who are of Chicanx and Indigenous heritage, it is by no means meant to be exhaustive or representative of the contributions of writers of Latinx and Hispanic heritage at large. This list also includes, in the spirit of solidarity, works by writers from other marginalized communities. Another common thread that unites these books is that they present the possibility of healing, renewal, and resistance in their stories and calls to action.

We encourage you to check these titles out by purchasing them from Tia Chucha directly, or from an independent bookstore near you.