Tonguas: Revista de Artes Literarias y Expresión Estudiantil

Tonguas vol. 13 (2014)

The title “Tonguas” combines “tongues” and “lenguas,” indicating the open, multilingual, and inclusive nature of the group’s activities, “idiomas,” and aesthetics. Tonguas begins with the premise that Spanish is at the heart of Puerto Rican identity. At the same time, the collective has also held poet Victor Hernández Cruz’s statement to be worthy: “Bilingualism is not a limitation when it is in the hands of the writers” (Red Beans, 1991, pp. 9-10).

The journal is edited as part of ENGL 3037-The Role of the Literary Magazine in Contemporary Literary Production. Professor Dannabang Kuwabang acts as the current Superving Editor. Although it originated in the English Department of the Humanities Faculty of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, participants include students from all faculties and writers from the larger community. Tonguas poetry “jam sessions” tend to bring together poets of all ages, but most of the events celebrate and promote the poetic innovations of the new generation of emerging writers. Participants have embraced both formal literary techniques and forms of orature and music–urban youth cultural expressions such as hip-hop and graffiti, along with “Def Poetry Jam” and slam style-performance poetry.

Tonguas Vol.10, 2011

Tonguas has also attempted to bring Spanish-dominant, bilingual, and English-dominant writers into greater contact with Caribbean writers through readings and workshops with such artists as Puerto Rican poets Willie Perdomo and Victor Hernández Cruz and novelist Edgardo Vega Yunqué, Dominican poet Sherezada “Chiqui” Vicioso, Jamaican poet Lorna Goodison, St. Lucian poet Kendel Hippolyte, and Miami-based Cuban and Dominican-descended poet Adrian Castro.

Tonguas is published once a year in May and accepts submissions of original poetry, fiction, creative essay, one act dramatic plays, and visual art from all University of Puerto Rico students of the Río Piedras campus. Artists and writers interested in submitting their work for consideration should see the following the Submission Guidelines.

By Kay Santiago
By Kay Santiago

Submissions should be sent to

For more information, please visit the Tonguas Website or the Tonguas Facebook page. If you are interested in participating in Tonguas events or working on the student editorial board of the journal, please contact Tonguas at

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