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

Octavio Romano

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

El Paso Writers Update for Week of Feb. 14

El Paso Writer Update for 
Week of Feb. 14

Pre-C.M. Mayo

Check out the Madame Mayo blog for a "pre-C.M. Mayo" look at, well, C.M. Mayo. READ NOW. She will give a workshop at the San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference on Feb. 20. READ MORE.

Reading of "Zeta" play, written my Morton and Stavans

Don't miss it.   A public reading of the Carlos Morton (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Ilan Stavan's one-man play ZETA in Massachusetts (I think?):

Next: Zeta A one-man- play by Ilan Stavans and Carlos Morton
directed by Dan Lombardo
with Luis Negron
February 13 - 19, 2011 Public Reading: Feb. 19, Julie Harris Stage, 8:00 pm

Place: a San Francisco hospital. Time: 1974. Oscar Acosta, an obese, balding, brown-skinned, paranoid 39-year-old Mexican-American anti-establishment lawyer, sick with ulcers, talks to the ghosts of his past (his parents, his two wives, his son Marco, journalist Ruben Salazar, his one-time-friend and current nemesis friend Hunter S. Thompson) as he prepares to escape the hospital, travel to Mazatlan, Mexico, and take his final journey into immortality. 

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O Say Can You Sing?

Check out El Paso-native Lorenzo Candelaria (University of Texas, Austin) spin on the national anthem and Christina Aguilera's misfortune singing it: "Aguilera's opening anthem on one of America's biggest feast days was roundly criticized because it fell short of a proper offering." READ MORE.

Gilb and Granados on program pilot

Dagoberto Gilb and Christine Granados are quoted in a Victoria Advocate article regarding a pilot program at the University of Houston-Victoria. READ MORE

I Ain't Got No Money Honey: Texas and Education Financing with Raymundo Paredes

As Texas falls deeper and deeper into the financial black hole, Raymund Paredes pleads with Texas legislatures to save financial aid in Texas (Dallas Morning News). READ MORE. Also see "Higher ed chief seeks deal" (San Antonio Express-News). Also, see "Paredes to legislators: Cut colleges not financial aid" (Dallas Morning News) and "El Paso higher ed weighs budget cut impacts" (El Paso Times) and "Texas has  $10,000 degree, but for how long" (Texas Tribune).

Ruben Salazar Files Soon to be Opened

After more than 6 months of waiting the report on the Los Angeles County Sheriff's files on slain Chicano journalist Ruben Salazar may be out soon. See this Los Angeles Times story, "Review of 1970 Ruben Salazar slaying to contain 'interesting new information'." Also see a related National Public Radio story "Long Secret, File on Salazar Death May be Released."

A Poetry Out Loud Winner wins with Chicano Poem

A Missouri student won the Poetry Out Loud contest reading poetry and she read two poems, one by Emily Dickenson an "To the Desert" by our own Benjamin Alire Saenz. More than 300,000 students across the country competed in Poetry Out Loud last year. READ MORE.

Blowout: Mario T. Garcia and Sal Castro

Check out this La Prensa San Diego article on Mario T. Garcia's (University of California, Santa Barbara) new book Blowout! Sal Castro and the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice (The University of North Carolina Press, 2011). The book is co-authored with Sal Castro. READ MORE. Garcia will be in El Paso in early March and he will present his book at UT El Paso.

Octavio Solis at New Play Summit

Octavio Solis is mentioned in a Huffington Post bit by Tracy Shaffer regarding the Colorado New Play Summit. CHECK IT OUT. Westworld says, "In Cecilia Marie, Octavio Solis takes the plot of his Lydia -- which premiered at the Denver Center in 2008 -- several steps further, exploring the future life of the brain-damaged protagonist's dancer brother in a text that's passionate, poetic and surreal." READ MORE.

Sexual Outlaw?

Did you know the band Sexual Outlaws got it's same from John Rechy's book of the same name. Read About It.

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