Focus and Scope

While our format is hybrid and capacious, each issue centers on a specific theme. This strategy allows contributors and non-specialist readers to approach a topic from distinct vantage points, through multiple scholarly and artistic lenses. The highly visual nature of our journal—which features original artwork on each cover and approximately 30 full-color illustrations in each issue—is conceived with the aesthetic experience in mind. Whether one accesses Chiricú Journalelectronically (via Project Muse) or in print, we aim to convey the vibrancy of Latina/o arts. Each issue features scholarly essays that have undergone rigorous double-blind peer review, as well as selected creative content, consisting of interviews and works of fiction, poetry, and visual art. We also include reviews of books, films, and art exhibitions.

Peer Review Process

Chiricú Journal adheres to a policy of double-blind peer review. In order to ensure appropriate review, author name(s) should appear only on the title page and internal identifications within the text should be avoided. Manuscripts that have already appeared in any other published form or are under review at any other journal will not be considered.

Publication Frequency

Chiricú Journal is published in the Fall and Spring.

Journal History

Chiricú was a magazine originally founded in 1976 by the late Chicano scholar Dr. Luis Dávila. Primarily a graduate production, it became a venue for the publication of poets, authors, and artists, at a time when there were few academic spaces for Latina/o cultural expression. The magazine's name captured the diverse origins of the major Spanish-speaking populations in the United States at the time of its founding: “Chi” for Chicanos, “Ri” for puertorriqueños, and “Cú” for cubanos. Over more than thirty-five years (1976-2012) the multilingual publication featured art, poetry, and criticism in Spanish, Portuguese and English, including early works by Sandra Cisneros and Norma Alarcón, as well as rare interviews with Jorge Luis Borges and Edward James Olmos. A catalogue of back issues can be viewed here.