Achiote: a shrub or small tree indigenous to Central and South
America. Introduced to the Pacific and Asia by the Spanish in the 17th
century, Achiote now has firm transnational roots. Achiote produces
pink flowers and red spiny seed pods. People have used the seeds as a
dye for clothing, arts and crafts, as body paint in times of war and
celebration, as spice and coloring for food. Other parts of the
Achiote tree have been used to make various medicinal remedies for
sunstroke, burns, fever, sore throat, blood disease, eye and ear
infections, and hypertension. Achiote has also been used as an
aphrodisiac. We named our press after the Achiote tree because we
believe poetry has the very same powers to enrich our surroundings,
inspire our passions, enhance our senses, and heal our wounds.
To us, Achiote represents the unrepresentable, transnational,
migratory, and adaptive. Achiote Press asks what it means to bear
witness, to use adaptation as resistance, to cross borders, to map
ourselves onto a dislocated world, to speak in exile, and to suffer
Achiote Press was founded in 2006. We publish prose, poetry,
nonfiction, art, translations, and cross-genre projects created by
authors from diverse cultural and aesthetic backgrounds. We also
publish in a variety of formats, including chapbooks, perfect-bound
books, anthologies, and art books.
We are not currently reading manuscripts. Please query if you would
like us to consider your poetry or your artwork for a future issue.
Achiote Press is located in Berkeley, California.
Jennifer Reimer, Editor
Jason Buchholz, Editor & Art Director