Over the long course of writing this Reader the editors incurred so many
debts that it would take a registry as long as the book to list them all. in ad-
dition to all the writers, artists, photographers, scholars, editors, activists,
and publishers who generously granted permission to publish their work,
we would like to thank clara arenas, Ximena morales of Prohibido Olvidar,
derrill Bazzy, John Womack, Federico Velásquez, leslye rivera Juárez, so-
nia alvarez, mary Jo mcconahay, liza Grandia, Tom melville, dina Bursz-
tyn, Jessica lagunas, anastasia mejía, José manuel mayorga, Jessica masaya,
Yolanda colom, Tani adams, moisés Barrios, isabel ruiz, edwin rabinales,
daniela Triadan, carol smith, José García noval, arturo Taracena, Gustavo
Palma, helen mack, carlos sánchez, carlos Beristain, ana estrada levenson,
Jasmin estrada levenson, isabel recinos, anabella acevedo, Julia Gonzá -
lez, diane nelson, richard adams, linda Green, martha Few, Brinton lykes,
matt creelman, emma maasch, michelle switzer, amy ross, Kile smith (the
curator of the Fleisher collection of Orchestral music), Gary Galván (who
helped identify the castillo music composition), luis Pedro Taracena, Kate
doyle, George lovell, Karen dakin, Jean-marie simon, nancy mcGirr, Juan
antonio martinez mateo and the centro cultural de españa in Guatemala
city, James robertson, and Ketillonia Publishing.
The editors wish to mention in particular the work of luis solano. luis’s
keen understanding of Guatemalan politics and economics runs through this
Reader in the many selections he suggested and the generous advice he gave
to the editors. We are inspired by the friendship and commitment of marcie
mersky and Paula Worby. Timothy smith and robert scott insightfully con-
tributed to putting together parts 1 and 2. chris lutz kindly read part 2, offer-
ing very useful suggestions. Ginny Burnett suggested a wonderful text and
helped find a great image. Kirsten Weld helped with the translation, skillfully
capturing subtle nuances and meanings. michelle chase doggedly tracked
down many an obstinate permission. ashley mclaren provided excellent re-
search assistance. The centro de investigaciones regionales de mesoamérica
(CirmA) is a national treasure in Guatemala, and we thank lucía Pellecer and
anaís García, from CirmA’s fototeca, for many of the book’s images. Thelma
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