Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day

On Memorial Day

Listen to a moving excerpt of Ted Berrigan and Anne Waldman's "Memorial Day."

Also, if you haven't already, check out this site hosted by PennSound. Besides the Berrigan, there are many, many other scribes included.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

New Work!

I have a new collaboration piece with artist Daniel Gibson in the summer issue of Rattle. Check it out! It's one of several we're currently working on together.

Also, a new poem published in the latest issue of Blue Mesa Review.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Root Tom = Cut

Waits plays the devil! Read a little something about it here. It would be nice to catch his show in What it Means to Say Phoenix, Az.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


In the tradition of nourishing and promoting creative voices of resistance, the Red CalacArts Collective aka the Redz (a project of Calaca Press) is sponsoring its first annual writer’s workshop series, Vuelos Literarios. Recognizing the need to produce, nurture and guide community based writers the Redz hope to create the next generation of Calaca Press authors.

Each year, the Redz will invite a distinct and experienced poet/writer/artist to facilitate the workshop series. This ensures diversity in workshop topics, target groups, and artistic perspective. The overall goal of the series is to create an environment of mentorship and exchange between older and younger generations of community writers.

Vuelos Literarios 2008

We are excited to announce that this year’s workshop, This Poem Called My Body, has been specifically designed for young women writers with the aim of assisting them in three crucial artistic areas: creation of new work, publication, and exposure of work via a public reading. The following is a description of this year’s workshop and a specific breakdown of each of the workshop components.

- Creation of New Work -

This Poem Called My Body
Creative Workshops for Young Women Writers

Facilitator: Olga García Echeverría

Workshop will take place
Saturday, July 26 & Sunday, July 27, 2008
The Front
147 W. San Ysidro Blvd
San Ysidro, Califas 92173

The literary workshops will be comprised of two, intensive (but fun) four-hour sessions. In this year’s workshop, writers will use the metaphor of the body as a springboard into writing about a wide variety of personal and socio-political topics. Through a series of creative and interactive exercises, poets will explore and write about their personal geography, where they've been, what they've lived, and their current relationship(s) to the world around them. The first workshop will focus exclusively on producing new material. The second session will be devoted to the art of re-writing. Using the material developed in the first session, participants will practice giving and receiving constructive feedback, as well as implementing that feedback to revise their work for publication.

- Publication -
All workshop participants will be asked to submit pieces developed during the workshop sessions to be published in a chapbook. The chapbook, This Poem Called My Body, will be edited by the workshop facilitator, Olga García Echeverría, and published by RedCalacArts Publications (an imprint of Calaca Press). Each participant will receive 5 free copies of the completed chapbook.

- Public Reading -
In addition, a book release reading featuring participating poets will take place after publication of the chapbook. To be eligible for participation in the chapbook and reading, writers must have completed both workshop sessions.

This Poem Called My Body
Chapbook Release Reading
Saturday, August 30, 2008 @ 7pm
The Front
147 W. San Ysidro Blvd
San Ysidro, Califas 92173

Eligible Participants
Up to eight female writers between the ages of 18 and 30 who have not graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing. Prospective workshop attendees are required to submit one poem and a one to two page personal statement (please include relevant contact info as part of statement) discussing their relationship to the written or spoken word and their community involvement. Applicants will be selected based on the strength of their writing, their personal statement and their commitment to community activism and social causes.

The Red CalacArts Collective makes every effort to make its events accessible and affordable to the community. We are asking participating writers to make a contribution of $40 (payable the day of the first workshop). All monies will be used toward workshop and publication costs. For those chosen who cannot afford the $40 tuition, scholarships may be made available on a case by case basis.

To apply for Vuelos Literarios: This Poem Called My Body email your poem and personal statement (as separate MS Word files) to:

Deadline: Friday, June 27, 2008.

About the Facilitator/Editor:
Olga García Echeverría first began writing at the edge of the 710 freeway in East Los Angeles, California. For the past 10 years, she has taught English and writing at many institutions and programs, among them the University of Texas at El Paso, Pasadena City College, Los Angeles City College, the East Los Angeles Upward Bound Program, and The East Los Angeles Community Union Veterans Program in Los Angeles. Like a poetic vagabunda, she has traveled and read her work throughout California and the Southwest, in Mexico City, New York, Minnesota, North Carolina, France and Cuba. She has a BA in Ethnic Studies from UC Santa Cruz, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso, and an honorary degree in code-switching from La Universidad Autónoma de Lengua Desbordadas. Her book Falling Angels: Cuentos y Poemas will be published this summer by Calaca Press.

About the Red CalacArts Collective, Calaca Press and The Front:
The Red CalacArts Collective, a project of Calaca Press, is a multidisciplinary arts and activist organization that focuses on creating, publishing, producing, and presenting Chicano, Latin American and indigenous related art focusing on issues dealing with human rights and social justice.
Calaca Press is a Chicano family-owned small publishing house dedicated to publishing and producing unknown, emerging, and established progressive Chicano and Latino voices.
The Front: A Collective of Arts, Culture, Design & Urbanism, a project of Casa Familiar, is a inter/multi/trans-disciplinary venue and communal space that promotes the creation, exhibition, distribution, chronicling and archiving of innovative artistic, scholarly and musical projects, particularly from the unique and subaltern voices of the border region.

For more info on the Red CalacArts Collective, Calaca Press and The Front please visit:

Red CalacArts Collective
P.O. Box 2309
National City, Califas 91951
Coming Soon from the Redz:
BOLIVARTES: A Cultural Committee in Solidarity with the Bolivarian Process
The Red CalacArts Collective, a project of Calaca Press,
is a multidisciplinary arts and activist organization
that focuses on creating, publishing, producing, and presenting
Chicano, Latin American and indigenous related art focusing
on issues dealing with human rights and social justice.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Various Items

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While riding my beach cruiser around town this morning, raúlrsalinas' Los Many Mundos suddenly sprung from the Ipod shuffle. Two songs in a row! Listening to this album always manages to excite the horses in my blood.
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I'm currently chiseling away at Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan's Pulitzer Prize winning de Kooning: An American Master. So far, Peggy Guggenheim's hosting the surrealists at her gallery on fifty-seventh street, largely ignoring de Kooning. de Kooning sees much in the physical world, especially when "he always took an instinctively skeptical view of elevated talk about 'myth' and the unconscious." I'm also interested in his wife, Elaine de Kooning, an interesting character who painted the wonderful portrait of Frank Lima for the cover of his collection Inventory, a book I've held onto tightly over the years.
It's going to take some time to get through this fat book, but I'll get there.