We recently announced our forthcoming title Under the Ocelot Sun / Bajo el sol del Ocelot, an illustrated book for children and adults, to be released on July 14, 2020. The text is written in verse by Jeremy Paden, a poet, translator, and professor of Latin American literature at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. Oswaldo Estrada and Jeremy Paden translated the English text into Spanish. The book is a bilingual edition. Jeremy was raised in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic. He is the author of three collections of poems. Among these, ruina montium, about the 2010 Chilean mine collapse, has been published in both English (Broadstone Books, 2016) and Spanish (Valparaíso, 2018). He is also the translator for various poets from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Spain. The story is “[s]poken by a mother to her small daughter as they are detained at a border wall [and] is a powerful account of refugees’ plight. The mother speaks of the beauty of their Honduran homeland and of her abuela’s wisdom. She also touches on the violent forces they are fleeing. She wants her little one to know her heritage and why they have taken this perilous journey. Lyrically told (in English and Spanish) and vibrantly illustrated, this is a picture book for our time.” George Ella Lyon, Kentucky Poet Laureate 2015–2016.
The vibrant illustrations inside the book and the cover art were created by ANNELISA [ANNE] HERMOSILLA, and she brings Under the Ocelot Sun to life! Anne was raised in Panama City, Panama, and moved to the United States to study art at Transylvania University. She currently lives in Virginia and is a promising artist at the beginning of her career. This is her first picture book and we couldn’t be happier with her art. Thank you, Anne!
You can find more of Anne’s art at www.annelisadoestheart.com.
You can see some of Anne’s illustrations from inside Under the Ocelot Sun / Bajo el sol del Ocelote here.
Under the Ocelot Sun / Bajo el sol del Ocelote is now available for preorder.