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

Octavio Romano

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

New book out on Fidel; Octavio Solis opens new play; Granados in Dallas

Above Mural Honoring Trinidad Sanchez, Jr.

Boulder Poetry Festival

In association with Alianza, Educarte Bookstore, El Centro Amistad, Lafayette Public Library, Naropa University & YWCA of Boulder County

Please join us for an afternoon of art y cultura, with performances, musicians, and readings by published and emerging poets, as well as local youth. This culturally important event will also include food, books for sale, and much more.

2-6 p.m. Saturday, October 7, 2006
in the Canyon Theater of the Boulder Public Library
1000 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, CO

For more information, please contact the Boulder Public Library's Outreach Coordinator, Ghada Elturk at elturkg@boulder.lib.co.us 303-441-4941 or Elena Aranda at elena27@comcast.net 720-273-3860.

Octavio Solis Play to open on the 5th

Octavio Solis play “Marfa Lights" premieres at West Texas

State University A&M in Canyon, Texas on October 5-14,


From West Texas A&M Press Release

CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University will present the world-premiere of Marfa Lights, a potent new theatrical work by Texas native and San Francisco playwright Octavio Solis. The production marks the first performance in the Studio Theatre of the new Fine Arts Complex at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5-7 and Oct. 12-14.

In Marfa Lights, a fraternity hazing takes on a dangerous tone and unforeseen and interesting encounters lead to the play’s unique conclusion. The play confronts larger questions of identity, racism and violence with candor and surprising tenderness that can be related to any university. Marfa Lights contains adult language and intense situations not suitable for children. The production will be WTAMU’s entry in the American College Theatre Festival.

According to Royal R. Brantley, director of the production and head of the Department of Art, Communication and Theatre, Marfa Lights was specifically written for WTAMU.

“It was commissioned by the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts,” Brantley said.

The play, which runs approximately 85 minutes, will be performed without an intermission. Cast members for this world premiere production are listed by hometown, classification, major and role.

Michael Newman, senior theatre major—Hank
Matthew Payne, freshman mass communication/public relations major—Tubbs
Orlando Segarra, junior theatre major—Jorge
Laura Harrell, senior musical theatre major—Lena
Will Grayson, senior theatre major—Sonny
Skylar Hinds, freshman theatre major—Meiken
Dustin Swatzell, junior theatre major—Jim
Savanna Shipp, sophomore theatre major—Babe

Solis, who met Brantley during their graduate school days at Trinity University, has been working one-on-one with the performers, making the experience exceptional for the students.

“This is definitely new and definitely different,” Brantley said. “A rare opportunity for any theatre.”

The playwright’s other works include Man of the Flesh, Prospect, Seven Visions of Encarnacion and Bethlehem. He has received NEA Playwriting and McKnight Fellowships, a National Theatre Artists Residency and the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center along with several other prestigious awards.

WTAMU students with a Buff Gold Card can attend Marfa Lights at no charge. Tickets for WTAMU theatre productions are priced at $10 to $15 each for reserved seating and $7 to $9 each for senior citizens and children 12 and under. Season tickets also are available and offer ticket holders convenience and savings. Group rates also are available. Tickets for Marfa Lights will go on sale Monday, Sept. 25. For more information, call the BIT box office at 806-651-2798.

Christine Granados in Dallas

Friday, October, 13, 6:15 p.m.
Dallas Public Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, Texas read from
"Brides and Sinners" with Diane Gonzales Bertrand and Diana Lopez as
part of the Texas Latino Voices series presented by the Texas Center for the Book.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration Continues - Events in EPT

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. 18. Reading and Book Signing: “Dreaming the End of War” by Benjamín Alire Sáenz, Associate Professor, Creative Writing Department, UTEP. 7 p.m. Café Mayapán, 2000 Texas Ave. Sponsored by Chicano Studies, the Department of English, and the Creative Writing Department. 747-5462.

TBA. Reading by John Rechy. Sponsored by the Creative Writing Department. 747-5713.

Carmen Tafolla to Speak at MANA de Kansas City Function Oct. 21

Dinner Performance by Carmen Tafolla

Poet & Author, Carmen Tafolla,

Dr. Carmen Tafolla is an internationally acclaimed writer and educational consultant. A poet, author, and sought-after speaker and performer, she has published five books of poetry, seven television screenplays, one non-fiction volume, and numerous short stories, academic articles, and children's works. She has just completed a movie script co-authored with film-maker Sylvia Morales for a feature-length film, a comedy entitled REAL MEN...and other miracles. Her works are archived at the University of Texas Benson Latin American Collection.


New book out on Fidel


“A timely new edition of a bestseller on religion and revolution
Press has just published a new edition of Frei Betto's extended
interview with Fidel, Fidel and Religion, in English and Spanish. This book remains unique among the many biographies and interviews that have appeared over the decades in offering an intimate insight into the “man behind the beard.

It is also a timely publication because of the recent illness of Fidel and the international speculation about his legacy and the prospects for a post-Fidel Cuba.

This fascinating dialogue has a new introduction by the Brazilian liberation theologist Frei Betto explain-ing the impact of the first publication of this book in Latin America in the 1980s, how it helped pave the way for Pope John Paul II's visit to Cuba in 1998, and how it influenced the change in the rules of the Cuban Communist Party to accept as members those practicing their religious faith.

It also seems an appropriate moment to revisit the discussion of religion and revolution, especially in Latin America where even Hugo Chavez, Washing-ton's new bete noire, describes himself as a Christian.” – quoted from Oceans Press E-letter.

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Conversaciones con Frei Betto sobre el Marxismo y la Teología de Liberación
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