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A Most Anticipated Book (Refinery29, HipLatina, Publishers Weekly, Latino Book Review, and more)!

Edited by The Bronx Is Reading founder Saraciea J. Fennell and featuring an all-star cast of Latinx contributors, Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed is a ground-breaking anthology that will spark dialogue and inspire hope.

In Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed, bestselling and award-winning authors as well as up-and-coming voices interrogate the different myths and stereotypes about the Latinx diaspora. These fifteen original pieces delve into everything from ghost stories and superheroes, to memories in the kitchen and travels around the world, to addiction and grief, to identity and anti-Blackness, to finding love and speaking your truth. Full of both sorrow and joy, Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed is an essential celebration of this rich and diverse community.

The bestselling and award-winning contributors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Cristina Arreola, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Naima Coster, Natasha Diaz, Saraciea J. Fennell, Kahlil Haywood, Zakiya Jamal, Janel Martinez, Jasminne Mendez, Meg Medina, Mark Oshiro, Julian Randall, Lilliam Rivera, and Ibi Zoboi.  

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

"Through this audiobook listeners will discover that the Latinx diaspora is much more diverse than they realized while at the same time showing them parallels to their own lives."- AudioFile Magazine (Earphones Award Winner)

"A tremendously thought-provoking (re)construction of Latinx experiences." -- Kirkus

©2021 Respective authors of all material within (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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  • 04-04-2022

Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed is a treasure trove of essays and poems.

"Write with your eyes like painters, with your ears like musicians, with your feet like dancers. You are the truthsayer with quill and torch. Write with your tongues of fire." - Gloria Anzaldua

Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed is a treasure trove of essays and poems. 15 voices from the Latinx diaspora collaborated and tied their distinct identities into each essay. Debut authors alongside literary canons share their personal stories, perspectives, historical facts and issues within a very diverse Latinx culture. Well-crafted overarching themes that will undoubtedly educate those who dare to question one's gender, race and ethnic inclusion, all the while dismantling stereotypes, capturing the beauty and diversity of the Latinx diaspora. Each essay proves the importance of storytelling in sharing familial and cultural history in an effort to educate the younger generation, dismantle stereotypes and build community. This book is even more exceptional in that it will be used in schools allowing Afro Latinx and Latinidads to claim space, be included and see themselves within these pages.

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  • Sylvia Carter
  • 17-01-2022

Captivating and impressive!



These essay's each told a different story and yet they blended together in perfect harmony.

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