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

Octavio Romano

Friday, March 30, 2007

An evening with Texas Poets and Writers

Saturday, March 31, 2007
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Main (Downtown) Library, El Paso, Texas
N. Oregon


Free & Public is Invited

* Art Exhibit and Mercado by Writers and Artists

* Panel Discussions

* Readings & Book Signing

* Musical and Dance Performance

Featuring Writers featured in Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature: Dagoberto Gilb (Editor), Sergio Troncoso, Ben Alire Saenz, Dr. Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Christine Granados, Richard Yañez, Cecilia Balli, Tammy Gomez, Norma Cantu, and Sheryl Luna

6:00 pm -- Fiesta Celebration Dinner/Drinks ($20.00 per person) featuring reading by Dagoberto Gilb & music by David Garza, Main (Downtown) Library

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Hecho en Tejas events; Trini Sanchez, Jr. recieves award; Espada readings

Hecho en Tejas Events

I just got my copy of Hecho en Tejas in the mail and I am very impress. Don’t miss Dago’s roadshow:

El Paso: 30-31 March
Austin: 1 May

Scenic Drive in Cd. Juarez!

Mountain road aims to speed travel around Juárez

By Louie Gilot / El Paso Times


Carne Verde, Piel Negra: An Avocado from Michoacán

C.M. Mayo who edited Tamame which stopped publishing its review and now is focusing on chapbooks. The first one out the door is a story by the winner of Mexico’s San Luis Potosí Award for Short Story called Carne Verde, Piel Negra: An Avocado from Michoacán. www.tameme.org.

Agustin Cadema was born in 1963 in te Valle del Mezquital, Meico. A poet, fiction writer, essayist, and translator, he’s published more than 20 books. He currently teaches s seminar on Mexican culture and literature at the University of Debrecen in Hungary.

Carlos Callejo Interview
Check out this video interview with El Paso artist Carlos CAllejo: Link to video:

Former UTEP Chicano Studies Secretary Walks on

I received notice that former UTEP Chicano Studies secretary Ana Osante died in San Diego, California in February. A memorial services for her was hosted on Feb. 31st

My carnal Trinidad Sanchez, Jr. still receiving awards

Happy news from St. Mary's University!

Trinidad Sanchez, Jr. has won an award posthumously from the President's Peace Commission, The Art of Peace Award. The PPC is 21 years old now, we have been giving this award to people who promote peace and human understanding through their art.

The pogram was held last week combined with the annual President's Peace Concert. Poets/friends of Trino's read from his work. Interspersed were musical pieces. It ended with a speech honoring Trinis work and then the award was presentation” a plaque that incorporates a piece of art by Bro. Cletus Behlmann.

Regina notes to us that Trini will have a book out this year from University of Texas at San Antonio and another from St. Mary's University next year. He will also be honroed at Wayne State University in Detroit April 5, 2007.

Matrin Espada On the Road Again

March 29: Reading, 7 PM, Living Literature, Northeast Campus, Tarrant County College, Hurst, TX. Contact: Rebecca Balcárcel REBECCA.BALCARCEL@tccd.edu or Cynthia Baw CYNTHIA.BAW@tccd.edu

March 30: Workshop, 9 AM, Living Literature, Northeast Campus, Tarrant County College

Hurst, TX, Contact: Rebecca Balcárcel REBECCA.BALCARCEL@tccd.edu or Cynthia Baw CYNTHIA.BAW@tccd.edu

April 5: Reading, 7 PM, Albion College, Albion, MI, Contact: Helena Mesa. hmesa@albion.edu

April 14: Reading, Boundaries and Alliances in the Americas and Beyond, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, Contact: Marcus Rediker, marcusrediker@yahoo.com

Apr16: Reading, 6 PM, Six O’Clock Series, Ohio Room, Hadley Union Building, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, Contact: Ken Sherwood, sherwood@iup.edu

April 20: Reading, 7 PM, Poets Against War, Border Book Festival, Mesilla Community Center

Mesilla, NM, Contact: Denise Chávez, bbf@zianet.com

April 21: Lecture, 1PM, The Redemption of Pablo Neruda, Border Book Festival

Mesilla Community Center, Mesilla, NM, Contact: Denise Chávez bbf@zianet.com

April 21: Reading, 7PM, Premio Fronterizo, Border Book Festival, Mesilla Community Center

Mesilla, NM, Contact: Denise Chávez bbf@zianet.com

April 27: Reading, 10AM, Crispus Attucks Middle School, Indianapolis, IN, Contact: Rafael Méndez, RMendez@imcpl.org

April 27: Reading, 7:30PM, Etheridge Knight Festival of the Arts, Basile Theater, Indiana History Center, Indianapolis, IN, Contact: Eunice Knight-Bowens, EKFestival@aol.com

For more information see www.martinespada.net.

Mujeres Escritoras Reading in EPT

El Paso Community College Spring Arts Festival presents

Howls in the Desert: Mujeres Escritoras A Literary Event featuring Sehba Sarwar

and Special Guest Readers

Wednesday, March 28

6:30-8:00 p.m.

EPCC Rio Grande campus

Little Temple (906 El Paso St.)

Free Admission Public is Invited

Sehba Sarwar's critically-acclaimed, first novel, Black Wings was published in 2004 through Alhamra Publishing. Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Sehba is presently based in Houston, Texas, where she serves as Founding Director of Voices Breaking Boundaries, a non-profit multi-media arts organization, and cohosts a radio show and is involved in the anti-war/ pro-immigration movement. Recipient of several artist awards from Houston’s Cultural Arts Council, Sehba’s fiction/poetry has been published in anthologies in the US, Pakistan and India. She contributes to The News and Chowrangi while working on a second novel.

For more information, contact Richard Yañez: ryanez4@epcc.edu

Book signing and reception hosted by EPCC PaPaGayo Literary Center and Women Writers' Collective (www.womenwriterscollective.org)

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Ocean Sur: A new Spanish-language publishing project

After developing a strong editorial line of books on and from Latin America over its nearly 18-year history, early in 2006 Ocean Press decided to establish a separate Spanish-language publishing project: Ocean Sur.

Ocean Sur now has a list of almost 60 titles in Spanish and is presently publishing about four new titles each month. Ocean Sur will publish the Spanish-language editions of Che’s works as part of the important Che Guevara Publishing Project that Ocean Press initiated in association with the Che Guevara Studies Center in Havana. Aleida March is the director of this Center.

Ocean Sur has already met with an immediate enthusiastic response in several countries in Latin America where distribution agreements have been made. These include: Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, Bolivia, Argentina and El Salvador.

Ocean’s office in Havana, being the only foreign language book publisher with a presence in Cuba, will continue its longstanding distribution of both English and Spanish books to the tourist market in that country. And new offices of Ocean Sur have now been established in San Salvador and Caracas.

Ocean Sur titles will be distributed by CBSD, Ocean Press’s distributor in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Some of the first titles already published under the Ocean Sur logo have been:

  • America Latina entre los siglos by Roberto Regalado (a leading Cuban political analyst). Launched in recent months to great acclaim in several countries (including Argentina, Chile, El Salvador, Colombia and Mexico) this book, published in a second, updated edition after Evo Morales’s electoral victory in Bolivia, discusses the options for left political parties and social movements today, arguing that the road of social democracy will not be able to meet aspirations in Latin America for social justice and economic development. (This book is now available in English as Latin America at the Crossroads.)

· Una guerra para construir la paz by Schafik Handal (FMLN leader who died in January 2006), a brief review of the historic peace process in El Salvador. This book was launched in San Salvador in January 2007 as part of the Sao Paolo Forum in the presence of 600 people. General coordinator of the FMLN Medardo González presented the book, which is a coedition of Ocean Sur with Editorial Morazán, the recently established publishing house of the FMLN.

· Guerra o paz en Colombia: Cincuenta años de un conficto sin solución by Carlos Lozana (editor of Voz, the only left-wing newspaper in Colombia). A highly successful launch of this book was organized in Bogotá in late November, attended by over 400 political figures.

Three new books on Venezuela from Ocean Sur were launched in November at the Caracas bookfair.

  • Venezuela y Chávez by Fidel Castro, a selection of Fidel's speeches and letters on Venezuela, from his first visit in January 1959 to his speech in 2006.

  • Por qué soy chavista: Razones de una revolución by Farucco Sesto, a significantly expanded new edition of a book by Venezuela's minister for culture.

  • La unidad latinoamericana by Hugo Chávez, a book that includes Chavez's speeches at Porto Alegre in 2005 and at the UN in September 2006 and which shows how the Bolivarian revolution is gaining pace in Venezuela and having a growing impact on the continent.

In addition to a wide range of books on Latin America, Ocean Sur will also publish Contexto Latinoamericano, a quarterly journal of political analysis and commentary. Contexto is edited by Roberto Regalado (a leading Cuban political analyst) with an editorial advisory board representing a broad range of political currents and individuals of the Latin American left. It will be published four times a year and the first two issues have just been printed. Individual copies can be ordered now for US$14.95. For subscriptions, write to info@oceansur.com

Aleida Guevara remembers her father, Che

Oceanfilm has just released a moving new documentary on DVD in which Che’s daughter recalls with great tenderness the extraordinary bond between her parents and describes a side to Che previously unseen — Che as the loving husband and father.

Aleida also recounts several fascinating anecdotes from her childhood and describes coming to terms with her father’s decision to go to Bolivia, as well as her own decision to follow in his footsteps as a doctor and social activist.


Aleida Guevara is the eldest daughter of Ernesto Che Guevara and Aleida March. She works as a pediatrician in Havana and is an international activist for social justice.

The DVD is in Spanish with English subtitles, and contains some unique footage and stills of Che with his family. Order now for US$24.95 (individuals only).

Fabián Escalante on the secret war against Cuba

Cuba’s former counterintelligence chief Fabián Escalante has now completed his three-volume history of the CIA’s secret war against Cuba with the publication of two new books:

  • JFK: The Cuba Files. The untold story of the plot to kill Kennedy
  • Executive Action: 634 Ways to Kill Fidel Castro

Escalante himself was recently accused of complicity in the Kennedy assassination in the Miami Herald, but in this series he argues convincingly that the crime was the result of a conspiracy between those who had violently opposed the Cuban revolution — the Cuban exiles, the Mafia and the CIA — who all felt betrayed by the Bay of Pigs debacle and Kennedy’s apparent moves toward a rapprochement with Fidel Castro.

By assassinating President Kennedy and presenting the crime as a Cuba-inspired plot, Escalante says they hoped to remove an obstacle to their plans and to provide a pretext for decisive military action against Cuba. He also explains the intimate links between the Kennedy assassination and the plots against Fidel.


Escalante’s account of the more than 600 attempts on Fidel’s life is rather melodramatic and occasionally quite farcical. But there is no denying that these attempts were deadly serious — and illegal, as subsequent US government inquiries such as the 1975 Church Commission concluded.


Read Fidel in his own words

Amid all the speculation about what will happen in Cuba after Fidel, Ocean Press offers an outstanding range of books by Fidel Castro that help anyone interested to fully understand the man and the revolution. These include two new titles:

  • Fidel: My Early Years, with an introductory essay by Gabriel García Márquez and some unique photos of Fidel as a child and young man.


Forthcoming in early 2007 will be the long-awaited Fidel Castro Reader, which presents the voice of one of the great masters of the spoken word, as this selection aptly demonstrates. This book features some of Fidel’s most memorable speeches, including his addresses to the UN General Assembly: the first in 1960 on the famous occasion when he and his entourage left the Waldorf Astoria and went to stay up in Harlem, where he met Malcolm X; and the second in 1979 when he spoke representing the Nonaligned Nations Movement.

The Fidel Castro Reader will also include Fidel’s response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and his “Letters to George Bush” written in 2004 in response to provocations against Cuba at the UN. These two epistles have all the fire and brilliance of classic Fidel and read like his “parting shots” at what he calls the US “Empire”. The Fidel Castro Reader concludes with his message from his hospital bed in August last year.

Guerrilla Warfare: A new edition of a Che classic

Often regarded as a manual for would-be guerrillas, this is, in fact, Che’s own incisive analysis of what actually happened in Cuba and why. As part of the Che Guevara Publishing Project, in association with the Che Guevara Studies Center (Havana), Ocean Press has released a new, authorized edition of this classic revolutionary text with a new foreword written by Harry “Pombo” Villegas. This edition is a new translation and includes for the first time Che’s corrections and his suggestions for further improvements to the text.

For Che, the subjective factor is always primary: “The positive feature of guerrilla warfare is that each guerrilla fighter is ready to die not just to defend an idea but to make that idea a reality. That is the essence of the guerrilla struggle. The miracle is that a small nucleus, the armed vanguard of a great popular movement that supports them, can proceed to realize that idea, to establish a new society, to break the old patterns of the past, to achieve, ultimately, the social justice for which they fight.”


Forthcoming in early 2007 will be Che’s unpublished and highly controversial book on political economy, Critical Notes on Political Economy: A revolutionary humanist approach to Marxist economics.