Thursday, September 3, 2009

Children of the Desert Mountains Chapbook Release Reading

The Red CalacArts Collective, Calaca Press and Voz Alta present:

Children of the Desert Mountains
Chapbook Release Reading

Saturday, September 19, 2009 @ 7pm

Albuquerque, NM poet
winner of the first
raúlrsalinas Guerrilla Chapbook Poetry Contest

From Los Angeles, CA contest runner-up

Local San Diego poets

Plus, opening music by

1754 National Ave.
Barrio Logan, Califas 92113

No Cover!

Free chapbook to the first 50 people through the door!

Praise and props for Joe Montoya:
“In language that is unadorned with fanciful literary conventions yet conjures up a hauntingly beautiful, gritty, and honest portrayal of life on the rez, Montoya’s debut is most welcome, leaves his readers wanting more, and is a powerful tribute to the life’s work of our ever present maestro and friend raúlrsalinas.”
- Louis G. Mendoza, Ph.D., editor of raúlrsalinas and the Jail Machine: My Weapon is My Pen

“Un homeboy y poeta de aquellas who gifts humanity with words of hope and compassion. A humble yet evocative offering that deeply resonates with the struggles and writings of East Austin veterano raúlrsalinas.”
- Rene Valdez, Executive Director of Red Salmon Arts and Resistencia Bookstore

“Joe Montoya’s words are Native reflections that bring to light the hurt and hope of a mostly forgotten people. He is an honest voice illuminating the darkness of life on the rez; worthy of helping carry on the legacy of raúlrsalinas.”
- Brent E. Beltrán, co-owner of Calaca Press

Vernon “Joe” Montoya is a Native American poet and short story writer born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised on the Santa Ana and San Felipe Pueblos. As a young adult he was incarcerated on drug offenses and used his time in prison to read and write poetry. He is a proud father of two daughters and two sons. Joe has won several poetry slam competitions and is currently working on his first full book of poetry. He reads, lectures and facilitates literary workshops in jails, prisons, juvenile facilities, middle and high schools. He also is a full-time undergraduate student in Criminology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and a full time employee at Five Sandoval Indian Pueblos, Inc., part of their Behavioral Health Team as a Certified Prevention Specialist that focuses on alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse prevention among adolescents in his community.

For more info:

Organized by the Red CalacArts Collective -
Supported by Calaca Press -
Hosted by Voz Alta -

The raúlrsalinas Guerrilla Chapbook Poetry Contest and the Children of the Desert Mountains Chapbook Release Reading are supported in part by the Ford Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, and Southwest Airlines through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts. For more info


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