Norman, OK November 2013 – Mongrel Empire Press, an Eclectic Publishing House specializing in regional and uncommon literary works, is happy to announce the publication of Lavando la Dirty Laundry, a collection of poetry by Natalia Treviño.

As described by poet Wendy Barker: “the poems of “Lavando la Dirty Laundry” give us the stories of wives, from abuelas and tías in Mexico, figures from Greek epics and the New Testament, as well as from the contemporary narrator who speaks of the sourness of a former marriage and the sweet nourishment of a new one that joins two cultures from opposite sides of the globe.”

Sandra Cisneros, author of House on Mango Street and a MacArthur Fellow, praises Lavando la Dirty Laundry, saying, “It is on the white sheets of this book that a woman’s most private confessions are transformed from dirty laundry to poetry luminescent as linen on the line.”

National Book Award-winning poet Allison Adelle Hedge Coke declares, “Treviño solidly delivers in her debut presentation, an admirable poetic; a knowing we all need, must read.”

According to San Antonio poet laureate Carmen Tafolla, “This exquisite collection of poems enchants and exposes, drawing the reader into its center surely, passionately, and as fiercely as a wildfire.”

”These are not safe poems,” says New Mexico Centennial Poet Laureate Levi Romero, “They do not have a safety net or a forewarning and they recall what some would rather forget. They are lessons in the comfort and healing that comes through sharing and telling.”

Natalia TrevinoBorn in Mexico City and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Natalia Treviño was raised in Spanish by her parents while Bert and Ernie gave her English lessons on the side. Natalia is an Associate Professor of English at Northwest Vista College and a member of the Macondo Foundation, a writer’s workshop aimed at encouraging non-violent social change. Her poetry has won the Alfredo Moral de Cisneros Award for Emerging Writers from Sandra Cisneros, the Wendy Barker Creative Writing Award, the 2008 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, and the San Antonio Artists Foundation Literary Award. She lives with her husband, Stewart and son, Stuart just outside of San Antonio, Texas.

For more information on Mongrel Empire Press or to obtain review copies of this title and others, contact the Press by sending an email from the web site: www.mongrelempirepress.org. Mongrel Empire Press titles are available from the Press, the authors, most online bookstores, and selected independent bookstores. Booksellers and gift shops will find Mongrel Empire Press books available through Ingram and Baker & Taylor (all MEP titles are wholesaled at full trade discount, and are returnable). Print-suitable author and book cover images are available on request.
Mongrel Empire Press was established in 2007 with a mission to publish well-written, thoughtfully-considered works across generic and disciplinary boundaries. The Press actively identifies and promotes Oklahoma and regional writers while at the same time making room for outside the region works that, because of their mixed generic, disciplinary, and philosophical approaches, cannot find a home at other presses that have a more narrowly defined mission.
Contact: Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Editor Mongrel Empire Press [email protected]

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