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Pembroke Magazine is an international literary magazine published annually by the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and the North Carolina Arts Council. It offers readers a rare opportunity to move through time, across cultures, and into contemporary literature and art.

Pembroke Magazine was founded in 1969 by Norman Macleod, known for editing other highly regarded "little" magazines such as Front, the Maryland Quarterly and the Briarcliff Quarterly. Shelby Stephenson has been the editor since 1979 until his retirement in 2010.

Number 40 Hispanic/Latino(a) Feature: Liliana Wendorff, Guest Editor; James Applewhite; Reinhold Grimm; Veronica Grossi; Judy Hogan; Debra Kaufman; Kathryn Kirkpatrick; Jose Latour; Susan Lefler; Glenna Luschei; Julio Ortega; Marty Silverthorne; Mark Smith-Soto; Nancy Tilly; Alma Luz Villanueva. Interviews: Ted Kooser; Mel Waters.

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INTRODUCTION by Liliana Wendorff (Excerpt)

We are delighted to introduce a special edition of Pembroke Magazine devoted to Hispanic/Latino(a) Literature. The prestigious, nationally known Pembroke Magazine historically has been at the forefront of innovation. It has concentrated on finding the overlooked topics and authors, and exposing them to a wider audience. It has dedicated issues to multiple kinds of literature as well as to national and international artists of different ages and backgrounds.

Pembroke Magazine has chosen to seize this singular moment to open the door on literature that may not have resonated with our audience, even in the recent past. This is an appropriate time in history for awareness of the commonality of human stories. Different ethnic groups are currently trying to penetrate the minds of each other. Our ideas become more comprehensible to what was the Other. And just as copper and zinc form a new metal, so do we form an alloy through the conversation of minds. Literature and criticism has always been at the forefront of this re-enlightenment. As nations become more global and interdependent, knowledge of other prisms on reality will feed the desire for understanding.

The authors included in this edition are representative of many different facets of the crystal of fresh reflections. Hispanic/Latino(a) literature is represented here by authors from different corners of the Hispanic/Latino(a) world: Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Spain, and the United States. The themes are equally eclectic. They range from the anticipated themes of immigration, assimilation, exile, alienation, and fragmented identities to romance and metaphysics. We hope this exposure will tantalize readers to further explorations or, perhaps more importantly, self-reflection.

MEL WATERS INTERVIEW by Shelby Stephenson (Excerpt)

Shelby Stephenson: You arrive for this interview right on time. Regarding our lives and the places we find to live our lives, considering especially the music we consider necessary to our health (I see you brought some photographs)-so much of our life and work, the gifts we cultivate, depend on instinct. And the music in your life? How did you get started?

Mel Walters: My grandfather, Grandfather Preslar, in Peachland, North Carolina, was a fiddle player. And he had a guitar there in his house

SS: Your mother's father?

MW: Right. George W. Preslar. He had one of these wind-up victrolas, too. I picked up the guitar. I couldn't play it. When I heard him play it and when others played it, I was fascinated. Something connected down inside me. People used to bring their fiddles from all around the countryside to have Grandpa tune them. He was that good. He also had one of the first radios in that part of the country. And people would come and listen on Saturday nights. From as far back as I can remember on Saturday nights at home he listened to the Grand Ole Opry out of Nashville, Tennessee.

SS: A battery-operated radio?

MW: Yes. There was no electricity. Grandpa's radio was battery-powered. He lived outside Peachland about seven miles.

SS: Where is Peachland, exactly?

MW: Peachland is in Anson County, Highway 74. If you're coming from the east coast west toward Charlotte, you come to Wadesboro, Polkton, Peachland, Marshville, Wingate, Monroe, along Highway 74.

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