Izote Press was born in 2005, with the intention of presenting US Central American voices on the literary map. Based in Los Angeles California, the objective is to produce works that are admirable: as an aesthetic object and as a source of knowledge for the US Central American born generation and the world. Like other Latino publishing houses in the USA, Izote Press wants to establish a cultural space for discussion and exchange of ideas. We edit books, we cure books, we talk about books, we enjoy books. Our goal is to address both the social history of written culture and the most revealing contemporary visual studies of Central Americans living in the USA. We understand reading as an obsession and as a subversive practice in the healthy exchange of ideas between book, author and reader.
The “Izote” flower is used as an ornamental plant, a remedy, and as food. Izote grows gradually and it is difficult to get rid of! One can cut off a piece and stick it in the ground and it will continue to grow and eventually take root despite the conditions. Civil wars in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, natural disasters, economic instability, and social insecurity displaced a significant number of Central Americans to the United States during the 1980s. Upon arrival, many Central Americans encountered friction from already stablished community. However, despite the friction, Central Americans continue to bloom much like the izote flower. We hope that future generations will continue to grow and sustain from past, present, and future literary voices. We write to exist!
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