"Chicano writers from El Paso are the most progressive, open-minded, far-reaching, and inclusive writers of them all."

Octavio Romano

Friday, September 29, 2006

Chicano Literature: Kudos on two very good blogs entries; EPT events; Carlos Flores visit "updated"

I hope John Rechy's visit to the hometown went well last night.

Two Bad Ass Blog Entries

Hey vatos and vatonas. Pluma Fronteriza has to give out kudos for two very good blogs. Check out Daniel Olivas' Writers Write. Period on La Bloga.

The second is Eduardo Corral's I'm Taking the Train Instead on Localorca.

Alfred Arteaga, Cherrie Moraga, Naomi Quinonez, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Jean Vengua, and Francisco Alarcon will perform in SF, Oct. 5, at Cell Space, 7pm

Cantos del Corazon/Songs of the Heart

September 19, 2006

An all-star lineup of poets of color will participate in a special fundraising event for poet and educator, Alfredo Arteaga. The reading, Cantos del Corazon/Songs of the Heart is one of several organized to assist Arteaga with medical costs needed for stem cell treatments as an alternative to a heart transplant. The event will take place on Thursday, October 5 from
7 to 11 p.m. at Cell Space in San Francisco. Arteaga, who is a professor of Creative Writing and Ethnic Studies at Cal Berkeley is also a renown poet and has written several books including Cantos (1991), Red (2000), House with the Blue Bed (1997) and a recent collection, Frozen Accident (2006).

Among the poets participating will be Lorna Dee Cervantes and Naomi Quiñonez. A nationally and internationally celebrated poet, Lorna Dee Cervantes has received many awards including the American Book Award and the Lila Wallace - Readers Digest Award for her politically and spiritually evocative work. She has written several collections of poetry including Emplumada (1981), From the Cables of Genocide: Poems on Love and Hunger (1991) and her most recent book Drive: The First Quartet (2006). In addition to her first-rate poetry, Cervantes incorporates performance into her exciting and charged deliveries. She is a professor of Creative Writing at the
University of Colorado Boulder.

Chicana poet and educator, Naomi Quiñonez will read from her upcoming book Exiled Moon (2006) a collection of poetry that examines race, class and sexism on the borderlands. Rooted in the social change movement, her poetry excavates a historical landscape of inequality, resistance and transcendence. Quiñonez is also the author of The Smoking Mirror (1998) and Sueño de Colibri/Hummingbird Dream (1986). She received the American book award for editing Invocation L.A.: Urban Multicultural Poetry (1990) and currently teaches in Raza Studies at
San Francisco State University.

There will be a number of surprise guests appearing to support Arteaga, and Lorna Dee Cervantes will auction an original manuscript that will be on view during the event. Cell Space is located at
2050 Bryant Street in the San Francisco SOMA district. Admission is $5.00 for students and $8-10 general. For more information please call (714) 401-4024 or (415)

UTEP: Hispanic Heritage Celebraton Events

Oct. 5. Lecture: “Strengthening Voter Turnout: Barriers to Hispanic Voters in Texas” by Dr. Henry Flores, Graduate Dean, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio. 6:30 p.m. El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center. Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center for Law and Border Studies, and the Department of Political Science. 747-7969.

Oct. 11. Reading and Book Signing: “Voices in the Kitchen: Views of Food and the World from Working-Class Mexican and Mexican American Women” by Dr. Meredith Abarca, Assistant Professor, English Department, UTEP. 7 p.m. University Suite, Student Union Building East, Room 312. Reception: 6 p.m. Sponsored by Chicano Studies, the Department of English, and Women’s Studies. 747-5462.

Oct. 13. Presentation and Book Signing: “I Am My Language: Discourses of Women and Children in the Borderlands” by Dr. Norma González, Professor of Anthropology and Education,
University of Arizona. 1:30 p.m. Quinn Hall, Room 212. Sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the College of Education. 747-5740.

Carlos Flores visit: Updated

October 9 & 10

Flores will be visiting local and area schools, community centers, and organizations.

October 10 (Tues) 5-7 p.m.

Open house for Mr. Flores

6 p.m. reading and book signing

Sponsored by Cultural Center de Mesilla

For information contact: 1-505-647-0138 or bbf@zianet.com

Austin High School

October 11 Wednesday morning at Austin High School

For information contact Vona Van Cleef at 587-2500

October 11, Wed evening 5:30 PM to 7:00

"House on Hueco Street night with Carlos Flores cannot be missed!"

Sponsored by Household Furniture

925 McKelligon in Kern Place

El Paso Tx 79902

Tel # with questions 842-7937

Fund Raiser for non Profit “EL Paso Counts”

Pot Luck , Dinner and Spirits, all to help our city become #1 in the state of Texas this November.

Thank you Carlos Flores.

Bring the kids and relax after work--jumping balloon and baby sitter on site.

El Paso Community College

October 12 (Thurs morning)

Reading and booksigning sponsored by Richard Yanez and his composition class.

Contact Rich Yanez at 1-915-831-2630


October 12 (Thurs evening)

Reading will be at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, in the Blumberg Auditorium of the UTEP library.

Sponsored by the West Texas Writing Project

Quetzacoatl Café

October 13 (Fri) 6-8:30 p.m.

Reading along with Rich Yanez and Ray Lara at the Quetzalcoatl Café

Sponsored by La Fe Cultural and Technology Center

721 South Ochoa, Rear Bldg.

For information contact Estela Reyes at 474-3775 or


Tumblewords Project

October 14 (Sat) at 12:45-2:30 Reading, presentation, workshop, and book signing

Tumblewords Project at La Fe Cultural and Technology Center, 721 South Ochoa, Rear Bldg.,

For information contact Donna Snyder at 915-546-2050

Or tumblewordsproject@yahoo.com

Sunland Park Mall

Westside Barnes and Noble at 3:30 p.m.

Call for information: Karen 915-581-5353


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