Sunday, August 24, 2008


Currently reading Tao Lin's story collection called Bed.

Here's an excerpt that struck me from a story called "Love is a Thing of Sale for More Money than There Exists"

"For love to work, Garret believed, you had to lie all the time, or you had to never lie at all. 'I don't know,' he said. You had to pick one and then let the other person know which you had picked. You had to be consistent, and sometimes a little stupid."

Friday, August 22, 2008

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Red CalaArts Collective and The Front

The Red CalacArts Collective and The Front present
This Poem Called My Body
Chapbook Release Reading
Saturday, August 30, 2008
7pm @ The Front
147 W. San Ysidro Blvd
San Ysidro, CA

- though donations to The Front will not be refused -

Featuring poetry from the Redz Vuelos Literarios: This Poem Called My Body writing workshop by:

Gladys Bautista (Huntington Park, CA)
Patricia Beltran (San Diego, CA)
Irene Castruita (San Diego, CA)
Sara R. Eslava (San Diego, CA)
Monica Hernandez (San Ysidro, CA)
Fanelly Millan (Ontario, CA)
Clarita E. Morales (Montclair, CA)
Pilar Elizabeth Valdez (Los Angeles, CA)
Plus, East LA’s Olga Garcia Echeverria (Falling Angels: Cuentos y Poemas)

On July 26-27, 2008 the Red CalacArts Collective organized a writing workshop called Vuelos Literarios: This Poem Called My Body at The Front in San Ysidro. The workshop, facilitated by author Olga Garcia Echeverria, featured eight young Latina women in a series of intense writing exercises. The product of those sessions is a small anthology of poetry called This Poem Called My Body (Red CalacArts Publications). Cover art by Nuvia Crisol Ruland.
Copies of the chapbook will be available for sale at the release reading on August 30.
Vuelos Literarios: This Poem Called My Body is supported with the kind financial assistance of

Memo Nericcio
Claudia Aguilar
Nuvia & Jim Ruland
Carlos Velazquez
Bill & Teresa Caballero
Linda Muñoz
Louis Mendoza
Tomas Riley
Ricardo Islas
Olga García Echeverría
Leticia Talavera

The Vuelos Literarios writing workshop was supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from the James Irvine Foundation.

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

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Tim Dlugos

Here is a piece about Tim Dlugos. I am seriously at the edge of my seat waiting for Dlugos' complete works. As I understand from what I've read, poet, David Trinidad, is currently editing it. The above article mentions "G9" and "Powerless" which remain for me two of the most moving poems I've ever read. 20 early poems are also included in the latest Columbia Poetry Review.

from Powerless

"This is not about religion,/not about belief. I know what happened./I was there; it was there./Nothing can change that."