Focus and Scope

Originally established as a literary journal in 1976 by Indiana University professor Luis Dávila, Chiricú, with twenty-six previous editions, has been a venue for Latina/o humanities for nearly forty years. In its new format as a refereed, electronic and print-on-demand journal, Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures bridges the academic-community divide in Latina/o culture. Through the publication of interviews, Latina/o art and literature, and scholarly articles and reviews, the journal aims to reach a broad audience, fostering dialogue among authors, artists, filmmakers, academics, and activists. We are particularly interested in work that deals with the heterogeneity of Latina/os in the United States and hemispheric flows of culture and ideas. A bi-annual publication, we accept submissions in English, Portuguese, or Spanish, and welcome short texts in Quechua, as well.

Peer Review Process

Chiricú Journal adheres to a policy of 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 originally founded in 1976 by the late Chicano scholar Dr. Luis Dávila. Primarily a graduate production, the journal 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 journal’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 our back issues can be viewed here.