El Paso’s Chicana Writers’ Spotlight: Sheryl Luna
It looks like we just left this series of articles flat.
So, it’s about time we get back to it. Who better to restart this tour than with the latest award-heavy poet: Sheryl Luna.
I first met Sheryl when she first came to UTEP. I remember my friend Diana Moran telling me that this poet was someone to watch. Boy were those words true.
For most of those outside of UTEP, Luna first came to your ears when she won the Andrés Montoya Prize in 2004 (which was judged by Robert Vazquez by the way) for her poetry collection Pity the Drowned Horses.
But many of you don’t know is that she was already winning awards long before that with her poetry.
She was well published with poems in The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Puerto de Sol and more. She had been a finalist for the National Poetry Series book awards and for the Perugia Press Intro Award for women poets.
I read somewhere that she will be coming out with an anthology of more of her work on the University of Arizona Press. She is currently at Metropolitan State College in
Abelardo Delgado, who taught there, walked on. I guess they needed another El Pasoen.
She grew up in EPT. She tells us her high school experience is a “long story,” but, like Carolina Monsivias, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Jeanette Monsivias, Jack Handy (Deep Thoughts) and I, she ended up graduating from
I read somewhere Luna ran track or cross country and went to college on a track or cross country scholarship. She graduated from
"Sheryl carves out of the
You can see some pics of a reading Luna gave in June 2005 in the HOMETOWN at the Women Writers Collective website.
Raúl Niño releases Book of Mornings on March/Abrazo
Here’s the news release below. I’m not sure it came out on time, but worth checking out. Check out March Abrazo’s website.
New Release from March Abrazo, Raúl Niño's exquisite chapbook Book Of Mornings is nearly ready and will be available by mail order on Oct. 1. The press says: “Niño has taken time to meditate over and perfect these gems, and has also designed the portada cover. (Image will appear in a few weeks). If you can't make his readings where the chapbook will be available, send a money order for $12.00 to March Abrazo Press, Post Office Box 2890, Chicago, Illinois 60690.
Niño will autograph and dedicate your chapbook, if the buyer includes instructions. Niño's first poetry collection Breathing Light was published by March Abrazo in 1991, ISBN 1-877636-10-X. Copies are extremely rare, also available by mail order for $20.”
3rd Annual A River of Voices Rising
If you are in El Paso, make sure to attend the 3rd Annual A River of Voices Rising reading, October 24 (That’s tomorrow), 2006 at the Center Against Family Violence. Stay tuned to http://www.womenwriterscollective.org/calendar.html since time and details are TBA.
Carlos Morton and Jorge Huerta and others in Poland
Carlos Morton told me that he was headed off to