It takes all kinds to populate Northern New Mexico, and this book has every one: from gypsies and gamblers to ranchers and criminals. Noted author Nasario García introduces us to some of these people and the challenges they face. The title character, Adelfa, flirts with the glamour of casinos and finds herself addicted to gambling. Sam “Spam” Austin, an inmate serving a long sentence for murder, is paroled, attends medical school, and becomes a doctor. The affable grandfather in “Yo Quiero Hacer un Lie ’Way,” a hard-working and honorable rancher, stuns the proprietor of a mortuary with his request to put a coffin on layaway.
This book will be available September 1, 2018.
This will be out in October 2018 and looks to be a promising read…
Cutting the Wire, a masterful collaboration between photographer Bruce Berman and poets Ray Gonzalez and Lawrence Welsh, offers us a way to look again, to really look, at the border between Mexico and the United States. Berman, who has photographed and lived in El Paso for decades, is a documentarian who uses his camera to record what’s in front of him rather than for, as he puts it, “mere self-expression.” Berman’s visual investigations of the everyday realities of the border—detention centers, smeltertown cemeteries, kids playing along a river levee, descanso crosses on telephone poles for the disappeared—are exactly the stuff the poetry of Gonzalez and Welsh is made of. The multilayered histories of the border landscape provide an inexhaustible supply of rich and fertile raw material for both Gonzalez and Welsh. But their poetic visions allow them to capture elements of a personal and collective past that historians have often failed to record.
This looks like an interesting talk if you’re in the LA area.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
CSRC Library – 144 Haines Hall
This panel reunites emerging scholars and experts specializing in U.S.-Mexico transborder citizenships and experiences. Through cutting-edge ethnographies, surveys and theoretical papers, this panel raises recognition, respect, and dignity of transfronteriza/os, or, transborder citizens and families who travel routinely across U.S. and Mexican borders and live on both sides of the geopolitical divide. Join us and learn more about what it means to live, learn, leisure, and labor in between the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.
Panelists (in order of presentation):
Estefanía Castañeda, doctoral student, UCLA, Political Science
Kendy Rivera Cárdenas, doctoral candidate, UCLA, Chicana/o Studies
Vannessa Falcón, doctoral student, SDSU/ CGU, Education
Yolanda Guerrero, doctoral candidate, Universidad Iberoamericana, Education
Dr. Heidy Sarabia, CSU Sacramento, Sociology
Is anyone going to be in NYC on May 24th? There appears to be a promising event featuring some of the best Latin@ writers who live in the USA and write in Spanish. Could be of interest. Here are the details:
When:Thursday, May 24th, 7 PM to 9 PM EST
Where: ID Studio Theater, 311 East 140 Street, Bronx, NY 10454
What/Who: Encuentro de Escritoras Latinas – Naida Saavedra, Keila Vall de la Ville, Melanie Marquez Adamss y Raquel Abend van Dalen compartirán lecturas de sus cuentos y poemas en una noche que celebra la voz de la mujer dentro del movimiento literario conocido como el New Latino Boom (literatura en español creada y publicada dentro de Estados Unidos).
Aunque las biografías de estas autoras contrastan diversas experiencias y carreras literarias, sus textos comparten una urgencia por la inclusión de la voz de la mujer y sus historias como parte integral de todo movimiento literario