Antena is a language justice collaborative founded in 2010 by Jen Hofer and John Pluecker, both of whom are writers, artists, literary translators, bookmakers and activist interpreters. We view our aesthetic practice as part and parcel of our language justice work. Antena activates links between social justice work and artistic practice by exploring how critical views on language can help us to reimagine and rearticulate the worlds we inhabit. Antena works with organizations, communities and individuals to create dynamic, well-functioning multilingual spaces for small and large groups of people to foster open communication and attentive listening across languages and cultures. We primarily work with Spanish and English but have experience coordinating more diverse language combinations.
Antena’s endeavors build on the important work of organizers in the field of language justice across the U.S. and the world. We are particularly informed and inspired by the work done at the Highlander Research and Education Center, spearheaded by activist educators Alice Johnson and Roberto Tijerina. We draw inspiration from thinkers, artists and activists working along intellectual borderlands: Echo Park Film Center, Grupo Etcétera, Highlander Research and Education Center, Project Row Houses, Temporary Services, The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, andUltra-Red. We are equally energized by writers and translators whose work ignites shifts in the possibilities for change inherent to language, like Ammiel Alcalay, Gloria Anzaldúa, Lyn Hejinian, bell hooks, M. NourbeSe Philip, Craig Santos Perez and Rosmarie Waldrop. We are further informed by many autonomous small press and literary curatorial projects, like Afinidades electivas/Elective Affinities, belladonna, Corollary Press,Dusie Books, Eloísa Cartonera and the other cartonera presses around the world, Half Letter Press, Printed Matter, and Ugly Duckling Presse.