While the popularity of short fiction in the twentieth century has been evidenced in the sheer volume of story anthologies, literary magazines, and copious production of collections by major artists, such as Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, and Donald Barthelme, the short fiction of Latinos has rarely made an appearance. Large presses generally carried few or no works by Latino writers; mainstream and smaller literary magazines—primarily located on the East Coast and attuned to literature by Anglo men—believed there was no market for Latino stories. In fact, there was little appearance of Latino short fiction until mid-century; the genre began to create inroads into the Latino community (in fact, creating its own readership) only in the late 1960’s and 1970’s, and the publication of short stories by Latino authors became robust in the 1980’s.
With the establishment of journals such as Americas Review (formerly Revista Chicana-Riquena) and of presses such as Arte Publico in Texas, which focus on writing by Latinos, a tradition of publication and distribution of short fiction began. As a result, the latter two decades of the twentieth century saw an explosion in the writing and publication of short fiction by Latinos and an exponential interest on the part of the public at large. Recently, several works of Chicano and Latino fiction have found their way into major literary anthologies and onto required reading lists in high school...
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