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

Octavio Romano

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Literary News: Copyright, Sasha Pimentel Chacon, Letras Latinas, El Paso Writer Blog Updates


Literary News

There was an NPR and Marketplace story on Lewis Hyde, author of "Common as Air." His new book argues that current copyright laws are hindering people's ability to live and act publicly. Click here for the NPR story and the Marketplace story.

Check out this NPR review of Playwright and Pulitzer Prize finalist Quiara Alegria Hudes' Welcome to My Neighborhood! A Barrio ABC. Click here for review.

Check out this Public Radio of the Southwest interview/preview of Sasha Pimentel Chacon about her recent book. HERE's THE INTERVIEW. Pimentel Chacon teaches in the MFA program at the University of Texas at El Paso.

The poetry foundation published a piece and interview with Steven Cordova:

Is Steven Cordova a Borg?

The Millions has a story on the "Perils of Social Literary Networking."READ IT NOW. In addition, Poets and Writers Magazine put out it annual ranking of MFA programs. Check out the rankings here.

The Huffington Post ranked the 15 most innovative university presses, SEE THEM HERE. Among who publish Chicano(a)s are NYU Press, U of Illinois Press, University of Wisconsin Press, University of California Press, and more.

Human Rights Watch listed 42 Writers who have faced Political Persecution: Banned, Censored, Harassed, and Jailed.

Another interesting story on NPR is on Digital Overload: "Richtel has spent the past several months researching the toll technology and "information juggling" are taking on our lives — and our brains. His series "Your Brain On Computers" describes how multitasking on computers and digital gadgets affects the way people process information — and how quickly they can then become distracted." READ/HEAR MORE.

Check out this interview by Francisco Aragon with Michael Nava and Nava's recent exploits. Kudos to Francisco for a good interview!

El Paso Writer Blog Updates

Pat Mora gives some comments on changes to her blog and memories of educators in El Paso. She remembers Lorreto! READ MORE.

Cinco Puntos Press blog mentions that Ben Saenz Last Night I Sang to the Monster was a finalist for the 2010 PEN USA Literary Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Congrats to Ben! He's on a roll. READ MORE.

Lunas, moons, and Lunatics are the themes of Rafael Jesus Gonzalez most recent book La musa lunatica/The Lunatic Muse. He posts a poem called "La Luna Pi" on his most recent blog post. READ IT NOW. C.M. Mayo looks at William J. Jaenike's Black Robes in Paraguay in her latest blog post. Read it now.

Sheryl Luna, aside from her regular postings of Cat Steven's muses on life on her Dialectical Migration blog: READ IT NOW. Medications on his visit to Chicago and his son Ramiro, is what you find on Luis J. Rodriguez' blog: READ IT NOW. Some comments on Sheryl Luna on Daniel Chacon's blog: "The first time I heard that God is in the details was from the poet Sheryl Luna at a reading she was giving in Chuco. It struck me as a true statement at the time, and I couldn’t help but think of a quote from Borges wherein he says every detail (in fiction) is an omen." READ MORE.

 A lot more news tomorrow folks, Pain of Writing, Part II, other blog updates, Flor y Canto we get knocked down and get up again line up, Mouthfeel Press, and more New books in August.

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