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

Octavio Romano

Friday, January 07, 2011

El Paso Writers Update: News on Dagoberto Gilb, Pat Mora, Javier Huerta, John Rechy and more


Well, the holiday is over and back to work. We have some stuff left over from 2010, but let's get to the El Paso writers first.

The Fronterizos in Exile reading held on Dec. 29 went very well. Amalio Madueno, Robb Chavez, and Rafael Jesus Gonzalez headed off the festivities. Sheryl Luna dropped in, Pasenos living in Australia, the Bay area, far and wide. Make sure to catch the 2011 event!

Dagoberto Gilb is mentioned in a book review of One Page at a Time: On a Writing Life by Pat Carr. Reviewer Kathryn Lang says "Along the way, we're treated to vivid anecdotes involving James Dickey , Toni Morrison, Raymond Carver , Gordon Lish, the gentlemanly George Garrett, Barbara Kingsolver, Dagoberto Gilb, and many other high-profile writers." Carr is denied tenure at UTEP. Read the Review.

Jose Antonio Burciaga is mentioned and some of his poetry posted on the blog Jesseluna's Posterous. The post regards the Dream Act and its failure to pass. Check it out.

Ben Saenz Last Night I Sang to the Monster made the Top Ten  in 2010 by a librarian in Arlington , Virginia. Check out the List. 

Also, check out the Facebook community page that was created for Last Night I Sang to the Monster.

Gorgon Basichis mentioned John Rechy in Basichis ode to Evergreen Review and Grove Press. "The Evergreen Review holds a special place in my heart.  Along with its book publishing division, Grove Press, from the mid-century on,  intrepid visionary, alias the publisher, Barney Rosset,  brought forth to this nation a tremendous selection of cutting edge literature." READ MORE.

A good list of "border books" including Javier Huerta, Selfa Chew, Laura Cesarco Eglin, and others. Check the list out.

A Piñata in a Pine Tree: A Latin Twelve Days of Christmas by Pat Mora made the Florida Department of Education 2010 Holiday Reading List: See the List.

Octavio Solis got a good review on his directing of The Brothers Size. Check out this Bay area theatrical lowdown for 2010 

More news tomorrow folks!

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