The Michigan Department of Corrections rejected the latest issue of Apogee from getting to incarcerated contributors because they claimed it "promotes violence." We call for an end to arbitrary censorship of artistic material in prisons and jails, and stand in solidarity with those struggling to be free in body, mind, and spirit.
We urge you to read about U.S. imperialist history and how it has created the circumstances for oppression of Asian communities globally, how these forces are not divorced from the treatment of Asian American communities domestically, and how Asian American struggles are tied to a powerful legacy of coalitional activism with other marginalized groups. May this education empower you to intervene and help us alter the course of this daily violence we face.
I found Villanueva to be ahead of his time, working a craft that would be called “meta-modern” by some, an innovative style in which the reader participates in the process of the author’s work. I was immediately taken by its apparent simplicity, which caused his work to stand apart from most of the poetry I knew from my island. I would later find out that he was ahead of his time in the art of letters in Puerto Rico.