Journal History



STANDARDS began in 1989, as a print publication featuring the works of students in the Creative Writing Program's Multicultural Studies Project at the University of Colorado, Boulder. From 1990 to 1991, the print journal became a joint publication of the University of Colorado and Stanford University.

In 1995, STANDARDS became the first journal for international multicultural studies on the world wide web.

We now operate exclusively online, with a small volunteer staff, and without subscriptions or fees of any kind. The various groups who have given financial support to STANDARDS are separately listed in each issue.




Mission Statement



One of the most frustrating things about the term "multicultural" ­ and possibly one of the best ­ is that is has been widely and vaguely interpreted. As we wait for the term "minority" to outlive its usefulness, and as we debate the intent and impact of "affirmative action" and "equal opportunity," we have begun to discover the need to address further complexities of the study and practice of "multiculturalism." Within the pages of this journal, "culture" has been broadly defined, to include not only racial and ethnic heritages, but gender, sexuality, economic class, access to education, religious affiliation, political network, physical ability, and the contemporary cross-cultural issues of survival/recovery from addiction or abuse. We recognize that "multicultural" indicates the interplay between the composite elements of individual communities, and the cultures they create. And we acknowledge that this is, at best, a working definition.

We are proud to present the works of a few of those authors whose names have long been on the frontlines of cross-cultural activism. It brings us equal pleasure to introduce the works of new writers and artists, first published in STANDARDS. Some of our contributors are young enough to have recently experienced a first exposure to U.S. military conflict. Most are veterans of the daily battles to bridge identity, community, tradition, and the efforts toward education within the academy. All are aware that these battles are part of the larger, daily struggles within the various communities represented here. And all have chosen creative expression as a way of bearing witness, marking time or place, and moving on.

It is our aim to engage visual artists, writers, and thinkers around the world in an active dialogue on the appearance and effectiveness of "cultural" and "postcolonial" studies. By creating a forum that raises controversial issues, we hope to begin to define our places in the academies, the nations, and the communities in which we live. Work from these diverse arenas has begun to find a place in the serious study of art, literature and scholarship. We are committed to being a part of that process. STANDARDS is an expression of that commitment.

Canéla Analucinda Jaramillo, Ph.D.







Canéla A. Jaramillo
Founding Editor
& Editor-in-Chief

M.F.G. Bolton

Jim Davis-Rosenthal
Boulder, Colorado

Julia Doughty
San Diego, California

G. Jack Ferguson

TK Grayson
San Francisco

Je Yon Jung

Gloria Mann
Los Angeles

Millicent Meng
New Orleans

Benjamín Alire Sáenz
Stanford/El Paso

Jack A. Urquhart
Boulder, Colorado

Virgínia Vélez
San Francisco/New York

Curt Darius Williams
Boulder, Colorado







Graphic Design for this first online issue by
Jim Davis-Rosenthal and Canéla A. Jaramillo.

Web Weaving by Canéla A. Jaramillo,
with Jim Davis-Rosenthal and John Gage Dennett III.

HTML Technical Support for this issue by:

John Gage Dennett III
Oregon/New Mexico

Tim Neese
Boulder, Colorado

J. Patterson Waltz III
Paris, France

Wes Williamson
Dallas, Texas






STANDARDS: The International Journal of Multicultural Studies is a not-for-profit publication, formerly co-produced as a print publication by Stanford University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Funding for this Fifth Anniversary Issue and first online edition, has been provided exclusively by:

Office of Academic Affairs, University of Colorado at Boulder


Funding for the materials collected here from previous volumes has been provided by:


The Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Minority Affairs
Council for the Enrichment of Undergraduate Education
Department of English Publication Center

President's Office for Multicultural Development
American Indian Affairs
Department of English
ASSU Publications Board
El Centro Chicano
Centre for Teaching and Learning
Humanities Program
Creative Writing
Modern Thought and Literature
Vice President for Planning and Management
Dean of Undergraduate Studies


Special thanks are due to the following individuals, for their assistance with this issue: Frances Goldin, Literary Agent, New York; Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency, Inc., New York; Jill Bialosky, W.W. Norton Inc., New York; Tim Neese, Great Computer Daddy at the University of Colorado, Boulder; Wes Williamson, Programmer Friend to Orphan Editors, Dallas Texas; J. Patterson "My Panties Are Now Unbunched" Waltz III, Programming Pest, Paris, France; JB, Freelance Absurdist Intellectual, San Francisco, California; and the Student Academic Services Center, University of Colorado, Boulder.

ERRATUM: Editorial changes to Elena Georgiou's poem "Tuff," which appeared in excerpt in Volume IV, No. 1, were not approved by the author. We regret any inconvience.




Audre Lorde's poems, "Making Love to Concrete," "Inheritance--His," and "The Electric Slide Boogie" are © 1993 by Audre Lorde, from The Marvelous Arithmetics of Distance, published by W.W. Norton & Co. in August, 1993. Originally printed in STANDARDS, Vol. IV, 1993-94, by permission of the Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency, Inc., New York.

Essex Hemphill's "Letter to Audre Lorde," © 1993, 1995 by Essex Hemphill, appeared in STANDARDS, Vol. IV, 1993-94, as reprinted from Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Audre Lorde: January 18, 1993, Memorial Service Program. Reprinted by permission of the author.

Jim Davis-Rosenthal's "An Elegy for Audre Lorde," © 1993, 1995 by Jim Davis-Rosenthal, was published in STANDARDS Vol. IV, 1993-94, as reprinted by permission of the editors of Queer Times, where it originally appeared.

Michele Spring Moore's "17 Edgeware Road, 1983," © 1993, 1995, is collected here from STANDARDS Vol. IV, 1993-94. This poem appeared in an earlier version, as "Chili, New York, 1983," in the Spring 1993 issue of Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly, Toronto.

Portions of Canéla A. Jaramillo's "First Fiction" originally appeared, in an earlier version, in Making Face, Making Soul/Haciendo Caras: Creative and Critical Perspectives by Women of Color, ed. Gloria Anzaldúa. SF: Aunt Lute, 1990. "I Promise I Will Make It Up to You" first appeared in Black Ice, Spring 1990, ed. Ron Sukenick. Reprinted by permission of the author. "Reparations" first appeared in Equinox, Spring 1992

Further Acknowledgements




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