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Puerto del Sol

Weirding it up since 1964.

Puerto del Sol is funded by New Mexico State University and the Mercedes Delos Jacobs Fund, and designed and operated by the students of the MFA in Creative Writing program.

Puerto del Sol is a proud member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses.

March 30, 2020

The innovative flash fiction collection Ghosts of You by Cathy Ulrich (Okay Donkey Press), with murdered women as the central figures of each story, asks the readers, “What if…?” What if you identify as a woman? More importantly, what if you identify as a woman and you...

December 16, 2019

K.L. Cook’s Marrying Kind (Ice Cube Press) is a short story collection concerned with masks—what mask do we wear to veil our true selves from the world? And, importantly, how might life’s endless rehearsals lead us closer to our understanding of ourselves? In nine expe...

November 6, 2019

Puerto del Sol interview with Carmen Maria Machado's In the Dream House tackles trauma, haunted houses, and abuse in queer relationships.

October 30, 2019

Patrick Stockwell’s novella, The Light Here Changes Everything, is a journey from Texas to Arizona in the tradition of a good, old fashioned American road trip. But, Stockwell powerfully challenges the form. While John Steinbeck might go on a similar journey for 400-so...

June 24, 2019

The Editors of Puerto del Sol would like to thank everyone who submitted their work to the 2019 Poetry and Prose Contest. Our winners were chosen by Emily Pérez and Camille Acker respectively.

2019 Poetry Contest Winner: "The Room Divider" by Rainie Oet

Chosen by Emily P...

February 27, 2019

Severance (2018, Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Ling Ma’s debut novel, holds a satiric mirror to the world, displaying the consequences of the rut of routine, consumerism, the crumbling weight of late-stage capitalism, and what happens next. With juxtaposed timelines that...

February 6, 2019

In his posthumous collection, Druids (translated by Sonja Kravanja, published by Black Ocean Press), Tomaž Šalamun (1941-2014) recreates our known world into one that is at once haunted and liberated, a rare blend of nature, humanity, faith, disbelief, past, and presen...

October 8, 2018

The Editors of Puerto Del Sol would like to thank everyone who submitted their work to the 2018 Poetry and Prose Contest. Our winners were chosen by Farid Matuk and Danielle Dutton respectively. 

2018 Poetry Contest Winner: “Langauge in Question”


October 2, 2018

On May 4th, 2018, Zinzi Clemmons, author of What We Lose, tweeted that she had been sexually assaulted by Junot Diaz. “…I refuse to be silent anymore,” she said. Following her statement, other writers confirmed and publicized Diaz’s misogyny. While, it’s not new f...

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