Tuesday, June 28, 2011



This George Yepes (print) hangs over my desk now. Some kind of muse.

Monday, June 27, 2011

I/m happy to share that I/ll be participating at this year/s San Diego City College Intl. Book Fair in October. The highlight for me will undoubtedly be sitting on the same panel as Leroy V. Quintana. I/ve been a long time admirer of his work. I/ll have more info. as the event draws nearer.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

CantoMundo Is Around the Corner

For immediate release

Nationally recognized Latino Poets from across the U.S. offer a free public reading in Austin, Texas.

Friday, July 8, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Free. Open to the public.
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Arts Center
600 River Street Austin, TX 78701
More than 20 nationally recognized Latino poets from across the U.S. will gather in Austin, Texas, for CantoMundo, a national poetry workshop dedicated to supporting and developing Latina/o poetics.

On Friday, July 8, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., these poets will present a free poetry reading that will be open to the public at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Arts Center. A reception will follow the reading.

These participants in CantoMundo represent the best of Latina/o poetry in the United States. Some of the featured award-winning and nationally recognized poets include: Millicent Borges Acardi (New York City), Francisco Aragón (Washington D.C.), Oscar Bermeo (California), Eduardo Corral (Arizona), Carolina Ebeid (Austin, Texas), Amalia Ortíz (Texas/California), Luivette Resto (California), and ire’ne lara silva (Austin, Texas), among others.

CantoMundo provides a space where Latina/o poets can nurture and enhance their poetics; lecture and learn about aspects of Latina/o poetics currently not being discussed by the mainstream publishers and critics; and network with peer poets to enrich and further disseminate Latina/o poetry. For the complete list of CantoMundo poets, please visit www.cantomundo.org.

Biographies

Millicent Borges Accardi, a Portuguese-American poet, is the author of three books: Injuring Eternity, Woman on a Shaky Bridge (chapbook), and Only More So (forthcoming Salmon Press, Ireland). She has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, Barbara Deming (Money for Women), the Formby Foundation at Texas Tech as well as residencies at Yaddo, Jentel, Vermont Studio, Fundación Valparaíso in Mojacar, and Milkwood in Cesky Krumlov.

Francisco Aragón is the author of Puerta del Sol and Glow of Our Sweat, as well as editor of The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry. He directs Letras Latinas—the literary program of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is also the editor of “Canto Cosas,” a book series from Bilingual Press featuring new Latino and Latina poets. For more information, visit: http://franciscoaragon.net.

Born in Ecuador and raised in the Bronx, Oscar Bermeo is the author of the chapbooks Anywhere Avenue, Palimpsest, Heaven Below and To the Break of Dawn. He lives in Oakland, where he teaches creative writing to elementary school students, co-edits Doveglion Press and blogs.

Eduardo C. Corral won the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. His first book will be published in April 2012.

Carolina Ebeid was born in West New York, NJ and now lives in Austin, TX where she is a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers and the poetry editor of the Bat City Review. Her poems appear in Agni, Poetry, West Branch, Gulf Coast, 32 Poems, Anti-, Memorious, and many other journals.

Amalia Ortíz is a performance poet and a playwright. After living in Los Angeles for almost five years, she is moving back to Texas this summer.

Luivette Resto was born in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico but proudly raised in the Bronx. Her first book of poetry, Unfinished Portrait, was published in 2008 by Tia Chucha Press and was named a finalist for the 2009 Paterson Poetry Prize.

ire’ne lara silva is the author of furia, a collection of poetry, and two chapbooks: ani’mal and INDíGENA. She is the 2008 recipient of the Gloria Anzaldua Milagro Award and an inaugural CantoMundo fellow.  Website: www.irenelarasilva.webs.com.

For more information about the event, contact Celeste Mendoza at cmendoza@cantomundo.org or Deborah Paredez at dparedez@cantomundo.org.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Student Art Exhibition

As a semester-long project with a group of 43 high school juniors, we explored several social/cultural movements that rose hard against oppressive institutional powers in 20th/21st century America (U.S.). Students were asked to conduct research, study and write original (historical) micro-fiction, write personal narratives, and create a piece of art in the spirit of Ken Kesey's Jail Journals. In addition, students were asked to consider some of the iconic figures and/or images associated with these movements and how their meanings have morphed or remained intact since their inception. These efforts culminated with an exhibition at the Centro Cultural de la Raza at San Diego's Balboa Park where students shared their art and read from their very own chapbooks. Yes, that's right, each student created multiple copies of hand-made chapbooks with original writings and art which graced the covers.

Rarely do I comment on my life as a high school teacher here, but I wanted to share that the student exhibit will be on display at the Centro through June 15th. If possible, please try and check it out.

My teaching partner and I are proud of their work. Eventually, I would like to link some photos of the opening. Lots of food, music, and righteousness.

Below are some samples of the work. Anyone interested in a student chapbook, please hit me up, and I can see what I can do. The writings incorporated in the art pieces are both original and primary source materials.

In closing, we are grateful for having had the opportunity to collaborate with the Centro on this endeavor.

*Note, each art piece is approx. 16 X 18in.