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Introduction / Presentación
in English / y en español

First published in Mexico City in 1991, Mandorla emphasizes innovative writing in its original language--most commonly English or Spanish--and high-quality translations of existing material. Visual art and short critical articles complement this work.

The name of the magazine--mandorla, describing a space created by two intersecting circles--alludes to the notion of exchange and imaginative dialogue that is necessary now among the Americas.

Mandorla is a member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses.

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Publicada por primera vez en la ciudad de México en 1991, Mandorla se ocupa principalmente de la escritura de avanzada en su lengua original ---haciendo énfasis en los idiomas inglés o español --- y ofrece asimismo traducciones de alto nivel de material ya existente. Artes visuales y artículos críticos complementan este trabajo.

El nombre de la revista ---mandorla, que describe el espacio creado por dos círculos que se intersectan--- alude a la noción de intercambio y diálogo imaginativo que es necesario ahora entre las Américas.

Mandorla es miembro del Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (Consejo de Revistas y Editoriales Literarias, EEUU).

mandorla issue 15 cover
"It's a magazine at the front-line where two cultures clash and can learn from each other, and it offers an outlet for some terrific poetry from Latin America that would otherwise not get an airing in English. Translation-based magazines are all too thin on the ground and magazines that carry work of this calibre, and translations of this calibre, of (mostly) living writers, are frankly essential. If you want to subscribe to one magazine outside the common run of things, I would suggest that this is the one you should go for. Now."
-Tony Frazer, Shearsman 61

Thanks / Agradecimientos

Mandorla is supported in part by Illinois State University and Southern Methodist University.  It is produced at Illinois State University. We recognize the Publication Unit at the ISU English Department for its careful work on each issue from #7 forward.

Past issues of Mandorla have been partially supported by Program and Special Assistance Grants from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; and a joint venture grant (Coinversiones) from Mexico 's National Council for Culture and the Arts.  Mandorla was previously awarded the Premio Edmundo Valadés, a journal grant, and the magazine has won two Literary Awards (each shared with an Illinois writer) from the Illinois Arts Council.

Mandorla also thanks the following past and present supporters:  the University of Texas at Austin, College of Fine Arts; the University of California at San Diego; the McNulty Chair at the State University of New York at Buffalo; and the Department of English at Illinois State University.  Issues 9 and 10 were made possible in part thanks to generous support in 2006 and 2007 from the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, directed by Ramón Gutiérrez, at the University of California, San Diego.

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