Episode Summary

Host Michael Shields welcomes to the studio novelist Jonathan Marcantoni to talk about his three novels (_Traveler’s Rest, The Feast of San Sebastian, The Kings of 7th Avenue_) which all deal with issues of identity and corruption in both the Puerto Rican diaspora and on the island, and his forthcoming novel, _Tristiana_. Jonathan, formerly the Editor in Chief of Aignos Publishing, begins a new venture this October with the launch of La Casita Grande, an imprint of Black Rose Writing that specializes in Latino and Caribbean authors. Michael and Jon dig into the reasons for this change in Jon’s career, the style he chooses to champion (“Visualism”), and his undying love for Diego Velázquez's 1656 painting _Las Meninas_ and how it has impacted his writing. As the discussion progresses, Jon delves deep into the many atrocities and hardships facing Puerto Ricans in their quest for Independence.

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Host Michael Shields brings you Beyond the Margin, guiding you deeper into the stories told at the online literary and cultural magazine, Across the Margin. Listen in as they take you on a storytelling journey, one where you are bound to meet a plethora of intriguing writers, wordsmiths, poets, artists, activists, musicians, and unhinged eccentrics illustrating the notion that there are captivating stories to be found everywhere.