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Poetry and Poetics– Call for papers

General Issue on Poetry and Poetics

Special Topic: Afro/Luso/Brazilian Poetry


DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, February 26 2021

Mester, the graduate student academic journal of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UCLA, opens the call for submissions for its 50th issue. Mester publishes articles, interviews, and book reviews on Lusophone and Hispanic literature, culture, and linguistics within the fields of Iberian, Latin-American, and Chicanx and Latinx studies.

Mester seeks papers for its 50th issue that reflect on the challenges poetry encounters today, as well as the possibilities opened up by poetics as a critical praxis of resistance. As epistemological, ontological and sociopolitical truths, what ways out do poets and poems present?

Some potential topics include, but are not limited to:representations of identity and nationhood in industrial and postindustrial capitalism; modernism, modernity, and avant-garde movements; marginality and counterculture; the relation between poetry and feminist, and LGBTQ+ movements; poetry and interseccionality; globalization, migrations, (neo)colonialism and language justice; indigenous poetics; the poetics of blackness; the poetics of utopian urbanism, and spatial justice; (neo)concrete, visual, sound, and slam poetry; object-poems, social media, technology, performance, and music; poetry, archive, and memory.

Additionally, we welcome submissions for a special section dedicated to Luso/Afro/Brazilian poetry. The vitality of these literary traditions open a stimulating dialogue on the limits and scope of poetry from inter/transdisciplinary perspectives: “Let’s play poetry?”[1] We accept comparative works from varied academic orientations including Cultural Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Translation Studies, Critical Race Studies, Performance Studies, Comparative Literature, Film Studies, etc.

Articles may be written in English, Portuguese or Spanish. Publication decisions are made through double-blind peer review and based on the quality of the submission. Please ensure that all submissions adhere to the guidelines and conventions set forth by the current edition of the Modern Language Association (MLA) Style Manual. Manuscripts should have no fewer than fifteen (15) and no more than twenty-five (25) double-spaced pages (3750-8000 words), including endnotes and works cited.

Manuscripts should be double-spaced at size 12-point Times New Roman. Please see the following link for submission guidelines:;view=submissionguidelines

Texts must be submitted electronically via eScholarship and will be indexed in the MLA International Bibliography. To read former issues of Mester and to begin the submission process, visit Mester on eScholarship:

Please forward any questions to: Isaac Giménez, Editor-in-Chief,

[1] In “Convite” by José Paulo Paes.