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

Octavio Romano

Friday, October 20, 2006

Chicana Literature: Another Win for El Paso - Granados Wins Alfredo Cisneros Del Mora Foundation 2006 Award

Another El Paso Win: Granados wins the Alfredo Cisneros Del Mora Foundation 2006 Award

From the press release:

Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation
2006 Award Winner

The Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation is pleased to announce the winner of the 2006 Award.
Texas fiction writer Christine Granados was awarded a grant for $11,091.

Christine Granados was born and raised in
El Paso, Texas. She is a stay-at-home mother of two sons, a freelance journalist, and an author. Her collection of short stories, Brides and Sinners in El Chuco, was published by the University of Arizona Press in the spring of 2006. She is a graduate of UT El Paso's School of Communications and the MFA creative writing program at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Granados lives in Rockdale, Texas, and writes a column for The Rockdale Reporter.

The Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation was created in 2000 to honor the memory of Sandra Cisneros' father, an upholsterer. "My father lived his life as an example of generosity and honest labor," Cisneros has written, "Even as he warned us to save our centavitos, he was always giving away his own. A meticulous craftsman, he would sooner rip the seams of a cushion apart and do it over, than put his name on an item that wasn't up to his high standards. I especially wanted to honor his memory by an award showcasing writers who are equally proud of their own craft."

The Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation invites a panel of nominators to recommend writers from across the writing disciplines. This is the second year that Award expanded to include writers throughout the state of
Texas. The 2006 judges were writer Edwidge Danticat, poet Linda Hogan, and historian Dr. Antonia Castañeda. Past judges have included journalists, memoirists, anthropologists, poets, historians, essayists, and novelists--John Phillip Santos, Dagoberto Gilb, Elva Treviño Hart, Dr. Ruth Behar, Dr. Arturo Madrid, Dr. Norma Elia Cantú, Dr. Carmen Tafolla, Bryce Milligan, Carla Trujillo, Gilberto Quesada, and Rubén Martínez. [The Foundation does not accept individual solicitations.]

Sandra Cisneros has written: "In my own experience, grants not only allowed me time to write, but, more importantly, confirmed I was indeed a writer at precarious moments when my own faith in my art wobbled." It is her hope this award will strengthen the resolve of the award winners and further them along in their careers.

Legendary Chicana artist Judith Baca to visit EPT

The El Paso Musem of Art and Public Art Program invite you to a breakfast discussion with Keynote: Judith Francisa Baca, Director and Founder of Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), Venice, CA.

Panel Discusion with: Brain Campbell, Special Asst to the Director Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (MAP); Timothy Drescher, Berekley, CA; Melissa Nelson, Community Outreach Manager, Dallas Museum of Art.

Wed, Oct. 25, 2006, 8:30-11am, RSVP by Oct. 21, 2006 at 915-532-1707

Chicana author Michelle Otero to read in Austin

Red Salmon Arts presents a reading and book signing by the author of Malinche’s Daughter, Chicana writer Michelle Otero

7:00 pm

Monday, October 30,

Resistencia Bookstore

casa de Red Salmon Arts

1801-A South First St.

Austin, Tejas 512-8885

Michelle Otero was raised along the U.S.-Mexico border in Deming, New Mexico. As a Fulbright Fellow, she taught creative writing workshops for women survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Oaxaca, Mexico. She is a founding member of The Women Writers’ Collective, an El

Paso based group that showcases the talents of women writers and artists while raising awareness of women’s is sues. A graduate of Harvard University and Vermont College, she lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

For reading and workshop information, or to contact Michelle Otero, visit: www.womenwriterscollective.org/

Raza Art: Going to Chicago, sorry but I can't take you: Will you be in the Windy City

Group Show for 18th Street Pilsen Open Studios
October 20-
December 20, 2006
Opening reception: Friday, October 20 from
5 - 10 p.m.

Prospectus Gallery
1210 W. 18th Street
Chicago, IL 60608

Tel: (312) 733-6132

From Centerstage: In a neighborhood of artist studios, Prospectus stands out as one of the few traditional galleries on the west side of Pilsen. Though there is nothing predictable about this space as it has featured emerging Mexican artists as well as established Chicago greats such as Roger Brown and Ed Paschke. Without a permanent collection, this space is all about the curated exhibition. Caveat: call ahead before a visit! Gallery hours vary.

For more information about 18th Street Pilsen Open Studios weekend October 21 & 22, please visit: http://www.subaltern.org/pilsen.html

UC Press releases new book on colonial Califas

Indians, Missionaries, and Merchants: The Legacy of Colonial Encounters on the California Frontiers by Kent G. Lightfoot

"A groundbreaking work that will be welcomed by both scholars and the general reader who wishes to understand the role of California's past in shaping its future."—Robert L. Hoover, Professor Emeritus, California Polytechnic State University

California's earliest European colonists—Russian merchants and Spanish missionaries—depended heavily on Native Americans for labor to build and maintain their colonies, but they did so in very different ways . . .


978-0-520-24998-1, new paperback edition $24.95

New Literature Journal at Texas State

The Texas State MFA Program is starting an online literary journal -- http://www.frontporchjournal.com/

They are accepting submissions in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction essays. Tom Grimes, the MFA Director of Texas State Creative Writing Programis the executive editor of Front Porch Journal.


n.l. said...

I need to get in touch with this blog... Maybe help promote it here in the San Joaquin Valley... I cross promote with a Chicano magazine out of here. We should strategize... -n.l.

Andrea said...

Thanks for the link to the blog! What a treasure trove of information, especially about the hard-to-track grants and awards. I downloaded Libros Libros and will continue to do so.

Ray Rojas said...

N.L. I posted your link below. Thanks for writing and let see how we cane strat.