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

Octavio Romano

Monday, October 11, 2010

El Paso Writers Update - and Chicano(a) writer news: Gilb, Burciaga, Solis, Granados, Saenz, and more


We are running a survey: 

If "PBS Mystery" featured a Chicano(a) mystery sleuth, who should it be (we've limited choices to the most veteran Chicano/a sleuths)? Just look to right of the blog.

I caught some University of Houston -Victoria news and saw that Dagoberto Gilb is on the search committee for the universities president. READ MORE.

As we have stated before, Galeria de la raza is running an exhibit Galeria 4.0 which features many Chicano artists. The Galeria de la Raza is in San Francisco's Mission District. Jose Antonio Burciaga's work is featured among others. Read the San Francisco Chronicle article "'Galeria 4.0': Retrospective, Galeria de la Raza."

Some new of interest on the Chicano Moratorium anniversary, as well as Ruben Salazar on The Sixties Blog. Local activist, Eric Murillo is quoted.  READ MORE.

The Bay Area Reporter ran a review of Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brother/Sister Play, of which are currently playing in the Bay area. The review mentions Octavio Solis who is directing one of the plays. Read the review "Blue Bayou."  

The Magic Theatre is raising funds to commission  a play by Octavio Solis: "The San Francisco Foundation’s Artists Matching Commission will match every penny – up to $10,000 – that we raise by October 16 toward a commission of a new play by Octavio Solis to be developed in collaboration with Campo Santo." READ MORE.

A small spotlight and quote from Christine Granados in the Victoria Advocate. Read it now.

Ben Saenz' Last Night I Sand to the Monsters is featured in my old home county, Johnson County, Kansas, in the Johnson County Library's staff Picks: "Grab your tissues, ‘cause this one’s a tear jerker." READ MORE

Catch a review of Ray Gonzalez' Cool Auditor on the Gently Read Blog: "Ray Gonzalez has managed to create a reflection of everything he sees, but in the way a rippling pond does: slightly distorted, with some images contracted and others pulled to their limits." READ THE REVIEW.

The UT El Paso's Borderzine posted a feature on Pat Mora's recent visit to El Paso. "Mora’s work reflects her homegrown El Paso roots and the Hispanic culture that infuses the U.S. Mexico border region" READ MORE

Sergio Troncoso gave a talk at last Tuesday at Housatonic Community College. See full press release

A review Albino Carillo's work on the Poets of Color Mills College Blog: "most of his allusions are subtle, such as the significance of the four directions and winds. the concept of four directions was important within the mexica culture." READ MORE

The following article: "Doors to the Labyrinth: Designing Interactive Frictions with Nina Menkes, Pat O'Neill, and John Rechy" is available for purchase. PURCHASE NOW.

 Chicano(a) Writer News

The San Marcos Mercury says that What Can You Do with a Paleta?, written by Carmen Tafolla and illustrated by Magaly Morales, has been named the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award recipient for works published in 2008-09. It also states, "The 2010 Rivera Award Committee also named one honor book: Just in Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book, written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales and published by Roaring Brook Press." READ MORE.

Several books by Chicanos made the Editor Choice of the Library Media Connection. Pam Ryan Muñoz ' The Dreamer (Scholastic, Inc., 2010 978-0-439-26970-4) mad the Editor's Choice for Grades 6-8. Benjamin Alire Sáenz' Last Night I Sang to the Monster (Cinco Puntos Press, 2009 978-1-933693-58-3). See all the Editor's Choices.

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