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

Octavio Romano

Monday, March 07, 2011

El Paso Writers Update for the Week of March 6, Part I


Texas finances and Education: It Goes on

Raymund Paredes was quoted on a Austin-American Statesman regarding Scott Hochberg Hochberg, chairman of the Texas House appropriations subcommittee on education. In Texas' ever growing initiative to cut off higher education funding to people of color and the poor, Paredes is quoted. READ MORE. Also see "Raymund Paredes: Why TEXAS Grants should factor in academic performance."

Zeta Acosta, Hunter S. Thompson: Lost Interview

Oscar Zeta Acosta is mentioned an article by Ian Johnston on Hunter S. Thompson about an unpublished interview with Thompson. (The Quetus). READ MORE. Also, check out The Generalist Blog for a good post on Acosta: "The story goes as follows. Oscar Zeta Acosta was the model for the attorney in ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’, portrayed in the two movie versions of the story by Peter Boyle an"d Benito del Toro." READ MORE.

Above left, Sal Castro, right Mario T. Garcia

Mario T. Garcia visits the hometown

Mario T. Garcia was in town for the Texas Historical Association conference. He did two presentation at New Mexico State University and UT El Paso on his book
"Blowout! Sal Castro and the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice" (The University of North Carolina Press, $34.95) by Castro and Mario T. García. Check out Dennis Bixler-Marquez' review in the El Paso Times: "Pivotal protests: New history provides important documentation of L.A. student walkouts."

Review Pop Up: Ray Gonzalez and Pat Mora

A few dated review have popped up on Publsihers Weekly. See a review of Ray Gonzalez The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande and Pat Mora's This Big Sky.  

MySpace, your Space

There is a MySpace page for Claudia Guadalupe Martinez. Check it out.

Ilan Stavans

Stavans and Morton on Oscar Zeta Acosta and "Zeta"

A neat article on Carlos Morton and Ilan Stavan's and their play "Zeta" on The Wicked Local: "Ghost of Oscar Acosta zones in at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater": "The play “Zeta” is the result of a chance conversation Stavans had with Carlos Morton, a prominent Mexican-American playwright, when they ran into each other in California a few years ago. Morton encouraged Stavans to follow his dream to write a play about Acosta, and Stavans asked Morton to collaborate. That conversation led to an early draft, and the two playwrights discovered they worked well together." READ MORE.

Pat Mora on Youtube.com

There is a little post on Pat Mora including a video about how she came to be a children's writer. READ MORE.

A Facebook Group has been created for Luis J. Rodriguez' La Vida Loca. Check it out.

Report on Ruben Salazar's death released

Solis at New Play Summit

Octavio Solis participated in the recent New Play Summit in Denver. See "Moore: Summit play revels in Denver's yellow past."

City of Night

Need a first-edition copy of City of Night (condition unknown). Check out this auction on EBay.uk

Pat Mora to be in Tucson in April

Pat Mora will join ALSC in Tucson, Ariz. on Sautrday, April 30, 2011 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), also known as Día. The event will take place at the Valencia Branch of the Pima County Library System from 11:30 – 3 p.m. READ MORE.

Interview with Albino Carrillo and others

Albino Carillo is quoted along with other poets in a a Poets Society of America roundtable. Check it out.

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