Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora (Hardcover)
September/October 2021 Kids Indie Next List
“An excellent collection. Each essay feels both incredibly personal and deeply honest. I loved getting to know authors new to me, as well as new layers to authors whose books I’ve read many times before.”
— Cecilia Cackley, East City Bookshop, Washington, DC
A Most Anticipated Book (Refinery29, HipLatina, Publishers Weekly, Latino Book Review, Elle, Al Día, and more)!
Edited by The Bronx Is Reading founder Saraciea J. Fennell and featuring an all-star cast of Latinx contributors, Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed is a ground-breaking anthology that will spark dialogue and inspire hope.
In Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed, bestselling and award-winning authors as well as up-and-coming voices interrogate the different myths and stereotypes about the Latinx diaspora. These fifteen original pieces delve into everything from ghost stories and superheroes, to memories in the kitchen and travels around the world, to addiction and grief, to identity and anti-Blackness, to finding love and speaking your truth. Full of both sorrow and joy, Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed is an essential celebration of this rich and diverse community.
The bestselling and award-winning contributors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Cristina Arreola, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Naima Coster, Natasha Diaz, Saraciea J. Fennell, Kahlil Haywood, Zakiya Jamal, Janel Martinez, Jasminne Mendez, Meg Medina, Mark Oshiro, Julian Randall, Lilliam Rivera, and Ibi Zoboi.
About the Author
Saraciea J. Fennell is a Black Honduran writer and the founder of The Bronx is Reading. She is also a book publicist who has worked with many award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors. Fennell sits on the board for Latinx in Publishing as well as on the Advisory Board of People of Color in Publishing. She lives in the Bronx with her family and dog, Oreo.
A Most Anticipated Book of the Year (Refinery29, HipLatina, Publishers Weekly, Latino Book Review, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Al Día, Be Latina, Oprah.com, Glamour, and more!)
An Indie Next Pick
“A beautifully edited collection of reflections on the Latinx diaspora. With writers like Naima Coster, Kahlil Haywood, and Lilliam Rivera, it highlights a vast variety of identities and writing styles.” —Elle
“Saraciea J. Fennell is making history in the Latinx community by creating spaces to share Latinx literature and to spread literacy, both in her own community in the Bronx and beyond. Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed showcases the richness of the community, exploring everything from Afrolatinidad to her own Garifuna (indigenous Honduran) heritage. I can't wait to see how she continues to foster and grow the Latinx literary community.” —Angie Cruz, Good Morning America
“Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed is a raw and unapologetic collection of essays and poetry that dismantle stereotypes about people from the Latin American diaspora. With anecdotes that span generations of pain and joy, this collection uplifts a new generation of Latinx writers who know the power of story and aren't afraid to use it. —Zoraida Córdova, Shelf Awareness
“This wonderful and deeply personal look into 15 experiences from the Latinx diaspora will give readers plenty to think about and will surely make many readers feel seen and understood as they encounter authors whose lives, feelings, and experiences echo their own. A great collection.” —Teen Librarian Toolbox
“Tremendously thought-provoking . . . an impressive roster of voices from an array of cultural backgrounds claimed and unclaimed. The contradictions and interplays that emerge between essays serve to illuminate the immeasurable realities of the Latinx diaspora.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Candid . . . nuanced . . . Each theme is worthy of its own volume, but the standout is undeniably colorism, a crucial topic within the Latinx community, herein brought to light with strength and vulnerability. The deeply personal approach of each contributor will connect with readers of all backgrounds and empower those seeking to define their own experiences.” —Booklist