¡Wáchale! Film Fest in Phoenix

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Running from August 14 – October 27, 2018, ¡Wáchale! FilmFest brings new and classic Latin American films to Latinx neighborhoods in Phoenix.

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Saturday, September 1st @ 6pm
Trans Queer Pueblo, 1726 E Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006.

We believe in the power of seeing people who look like us on the big screen, so we center the narratives of queer/trans people of color from the Third World. For the most up-to-date festival info, follow us on Instagram at @WachaleFilmFest

#ConSaborAJusticia is selling Mexican street food at all screenings to support LGBTQ folks recently released from detention.

“You are what you wacha, so ¡Wachale!” – Guillermo del Toro


Trans Queer Pueblo x FilmBar presentan el CineFest ¡Wáchale!

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El sábado 1 de septiembre @ 6pm
Trans Queer Pueblo 1726 E Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006.

Nosotrxs en Trans Queer Pueblo, creamos el @WáchaleFilmFest porque creemos en el poder de vernxs reflejadxs en la pantalla grande. Viajamos más allá de Hollywood para centrar las historias de las personas LGBT+ de color del tercer mundo. Para más detalles de los próximos estrenos, sintonízate al @WáchaleFilmFest

#ConSaborAJusticia tendrá a la venta antojitos mexicanos para apoyar a personas LGBT+ liberadas de los centros de detención.

“Eres lo que wachas, así que ¡Wáchale!” – Guillermo del Toro



CfP: Latin American Studies Association

We’re running out of time to get our abstracts in! And yes, they do have a growing Latinx Studies section no matter what anyone tells you!


Congress Theme

Nuestra América: Justice and Inclusion

José Martí’s essay “Nuestra América” was published in 1891 in New York and Mexico City in response to the first Pan-American conference in 1890, which proposed Pan-Americanism as a way to connect North and South America. We invoke and expand the message of “Nuestra América” to promote a hemispheric vision of justice and inclusion in an era when global politics is too often built around walls and securing borders and not on fostering social justice and democracy. Our congress takes place in Boston, Massachusetts, the site of key events in the revolution that resulted in U.S. independence and—along with other momentous episodes in the “age of revolutions,” including the Haitian revolution that abolished slavery— laid the basis for contemporary ideas of democracy and justice.

“Nuestra América: Justice and Inclusion” signals the challenges of social, economic, racial, ethnic, gendered, sexuality-based, and other forms of inequality; the need to promote creative solutions for overcoming them; the importance of scholarship, activism, and policy in this regard; the relevance of changed demographics that make historically marginalized peoples a majority in the continent and recognition of their wide-ranging cultural, linguistic, political, social, and economic contributions; an inclusive definition of justice that relies on truth and facts and incorporates respect and dignity for all peoples; and a broad understanding of rights, both collective and individual.

Hemispheric interactions and cooperation also inform our efforts to connect the 2019 LASA congress to the Latin American and Latino communities in Boston and the Northeast as well as to the rich mix of academic, creative, community, and policy institutions and organizations found there. In the same vein, we want our 2019 congress to be seen, and function as, a bridge to LASA 2020 in Mexico, thus symbolizing the unity and mutual dependence between the different parts of our America. From Mexico, LASA will continue to meet outside the U.S. until a significant shift in climate occurs for immigrants and international visitors and scholars. In submitting proposals for sessions (panels, roundtables, and workshops) LASA members are strongly encouraged to assure diverse representation through the inclusion of minorities, women, graduate students, and to reflect the regional and disciplinary diversity of LASA’s membership. Track co-chairs will use diversity and inclusion as important criteria when evaluating session proposals.

MexAmeriCon in Austin! 9/1


Austin’s first Latino comics and culture convention is here!  This convention features up-and-coming Mexican American and Latino comic book artists and creators showcasing their work, as well as Latino ‘zine artists, filmmakers and cosplay enthusiasts.

There will be workshops, guest speakers and panel discussions, as well as Latino-themed superhero movie screenings all day.  There will be culturally-relevant nerd music on hand as well as raspas and other great food.  We welcome everyone to dress up in their favorite cosplay and join in the fun!

MexAmeriCon 2018 is organized by a group of dedicated volunteers who grew up reading comics books and believe in the value Latinos add to the United States with their beautiful art and culture.  Our focus at MexAmeriCon 2018 is to create a positive and inclusive environment for both artists and attendees to unite and share.

This event will be held in collaboration with the City of Austin at the wonderful Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (esbmacc.org) located on Town Lake near Rainey street.  The event will be held on Saturday September 1, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.  All are welcome at this free event which is open to the public and appropriate for all ages.

Connect with @MexAmeriCon on Facebook and Instagram for updates and more content!

Lone Star Zine Fest 9/2 in Austin


Some good Latinx zines to be had at this event…

Lone Star Zine Fest is back!

We invite you to join us on Sunday, September 2nd, 2018 when we’ll be zineing it up in air-conditioned comfort at the North Door! This year’s exhibition runs from 1pm-6pm, and we invite you to come buy zines directly from the creators, learn about zine libraries and places you can buy zines both locally and online, and even learn to make a mini-zine of your own at our kid-friendly zine making area. Grab a bite and a drink and stick around after we fold up the tables to mix and mingle with zine makers and zine fans at our afterparty (6:30-8:30pm) and zine reading.

Lone Star Zine Fest is a FREE, fun, and engaging event open to the general public and appropriate for all ages. At the heart of the event is an exhibition featuring over three dozen tables featuring Central Texas zine creators, collectives, distributors, retailers, libraries, and small presses sharing their amazing work in one big room and showcasing the diversity of expression made possible by independent- and self-publishing.

The Fest is organized by a local group of zine-loving volunteers who are passionate about creating space for zine creators and zine fans to come together, and is sponsored by the University of Texas Libraries, Town Talk Library, and many fine members of our community who donated to our Indiegogo campaign.

The first Lone Star Zine fest was held in June 2017, and was a huge success with over 400 attendees, more than 30 exhibitors (including 3 zine libraries), 8 volunteers, 2 fabulous door prizes, 8 zine reading performers, and 2 generous sponsors!

Here are some of the things attendees had to say after the event:

“I loved the diversity of the zine artists represented and the general vibe of the event. I walked away with amazing art and a warm, fuzzy feeling in my belly. ❤ ”

“The energy!! Everyone seemed genuinely happy to be there and open to chatting about their work.”

“Great selection/curation of artists, themes, and subject matter.”

“As a zinester, I loved how open all of the vendors were to trading/looking at my zine! It was awesome to have librarians there as well.”

To find out more, please visit facebook.com/lonestarzinefest (where you can RSVP for the Fest), follow us on Instagram, or search for #LSZineFest.

Call for Submissions for Arte Latino Now 2019 Exhibit in Charlotte

An arts competition celebrating Latino artists.

Sponsored by the Center for Latino Studies at Queens University of Charlotte in partnership with artist Edwin Gil, Art Sí and Queens’ Art and World Languages Department, ARTE LATINO NOW 2019 seeks to highlight the exciting cultural and artistic contributions of Latinos in the United States.

We invite artists who self-define as Latino and live and work in the United States to submit an original creative work in their medium of choice. Winners will be exhibited at Queens University of Charlotte in spring 2019.

Categories for consideration include:

  • New Media
  • Visual Arts
  • Performing Arts (including dance, theater, music)
  • Creative Writing

Deadline for Submissions is September 15, 2018

Process for Submission:

  • No more than one submission per artist is permitted
  • Media Submissions should be no more than three minutes in length. Performance pieces such as theater, music, dance and performance art etc. should be submitted digitally and limited to a three minute length. Two-dimensional pieces should be no larger than 44 by 44 inches. These dimensions include frame and any other appendages that are part of the piece. Three-dimensional works should be no larger than three feet square.
  • Please email your submission to artelatinonow@gmail.com Subject line: ARTE LATINO NOW 2019 Submission. Be sure to include contact information: Name of artist, cell number, email and mailing address
  • Include a one paragraph description of your work. Make sure to include as well the date of composition, title, dimensions and media used. Use 12 pt. Times New Roman font
  • Include a one paragraph bio and head shot. Use 12 pt. Times New Roman font
  • Artists selected will be responsible for all shipping costs related to the exhibit. Deadlines for shipping will be discussed with individual artists
  • A 25 percent commission will be deducted from the sales price for all works exhibited in the show at Queens University of Charlotte

CfP: American Literature Association Conference

If you’re in the New Mexico area and/or can get there for this Symposium coming up in November, check it out! Also, the Latina/o/x Literature and Culture Society can organize 1-2 sessions for this symposium, so if interested in doing so or finding out more, please email Cristina Herrera, LLCS current chair of our society and dean of the universe, at cherrera@mail.fresnostate.edu

Sights and Sites:
Vision and Place in American Literature

November 1-3, 2018

Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe
828 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Conference Director:
Alfred Bendixen, Princeton University

Keynote Speaker: Karen Kilcup,
University of North Carolina, at Greensboro

For our 2018 Fall Symposium, the American Literature Association will head to beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Drury Plaza Hotel offers both an excellent location right near the central plaza and excellent rates. Single and double rooms will be available for $129 a night plus taxes; this rate includes not only a free breakfast and wireless access, but also an afternoon “kickback” every evening at 5:30 featuring hot food and cold drinks. Valet parking will be $10 per night.

Sights and Sites: Vision and Place in American Literature: What does it mean to envision the American landscape? What are the philosophical, psychological, and political factors that shape how writers look at a place and transform their perceptions into works of fiction, poetry, drama, travel writing, and autobiography? How does race, class, and gender influence the perception of natural and social sites? These and other related questions should provide for a lively weekend of literary exploration and good conversation. We welcome proposals for individual papers, complete panels, and roundtable discussions on any aspect of this important subject.

Please send all proposals to the conference director at
as soon as possible and no later than September 15, 2018.

Conference Details: Sessions run Friday and Saturday, November 2- 3, 2018. There will be an opening event and welcoming reception on Thursday evening, November 1; The Conference Fee will include at least one lunch as well as the receptions.
Individuals may propose papers or panels by emailing the conference director, Professor Alfred Bendixen (ab23@princeton.edu) no later than September 15, 2018 and preferably earlier. The proposal should include the title of the presentation or panel, an abstract that provides a clear idea of the material that will be covered, a brief vita or description of the presenter’s qualifications and email addresses for all participants. The proposal should be both pasted into an email and sent as an attachment (preferably in WORD). All emails will be acknowledged in a timely manner.
The conference director welcomes proposals for roundtables and panels that deal with the development of important genres, literary movements, themes, and issues related to the symposium topic.
Those proposing papers and/or panels will be informed of acceptances by September and hotel reservations will need to be made before October 1.. Participants will be asked to make their hotel reservations immediately and to pre-register on-line. A program will be placed on the ALA website prior to our meeting, and printed programs will be available at the symposium.
ALA Guidelines: The most common ALA format is a time slot of one hour and twenty minutes with three papers and a chair. This permits time for discussion and three papers of approximately 20 minutes (or nine typed double-spaced pages). Organizers of panels are free to use other formats provided they respect the time limits. Furthermore, the ALA encourages panel organizers to experiment with innovative formats including discussion groups and panels featuring more speakers and briefer papers. Chairs will make sure that the panels start and end on time and that no speaker goes beyond the allotted time limit. We prefer that chairs not present papers on the panels that they are moderating, and no one may present more than one paper at an ALA symposium.
The conference fee covers the costs of the conference. We require all of those who are on the program to pre-register. The conference fee is $125 for all participants. We regret that we are unable to offer a lower rate for graduate students and independent scholars.
ALA Membership: Membership in the ALA is not required in order to propose or present a paper. In fact, technically the members of the American Literature Association are the various author societies. Individuals may keep informed about the activities of the ALA, including our symposia and conferences, by checking our website (www.americanliterature.org).
Please note that the American Literature Association maintains the lowest conference fees of any major scholarly organization because it operates without a paid staff. If you have any questions that are not answered by this announcement, please contact the conference director, Alfred Bendixen, Executive Director of the ALA, at ab23@princeton.edu
Thank you for your interest and your support of the American Literature Association.

CfP: Pank Magazine

Call for Latinx writing at PANK (more on their wesbite)–
The only thing more vast than our twenty-one sovereign states and territories is the rich diversity of the Latinidad experience. We want to celebrate this beauty in all its manifold forms for our first folio. We are seeking submissions from Latinx / Latina / Latino writers for this special feature. As always, we remain open to all voices and the ways in which they emerge. Fiction, CNF, poetry, hybrid writing, graphic narrative, visual art, and multimedia work are all welcome. Please limit your submission to five pieces combined into one file; feel free to mix genres and modes into a single submission (ex: two poems, two CNF flashes, one short story). Questions can be directed to pankmagazine@gmail.com ATTN Chris Campanioni Latinx Folio.

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One of L.A.’s Most Iconic Chicano Murals Is Being Displayed in a Museum for the First Time Ever

For the original post by Gwynedd Stuart on LA Mag, click here: http://www.lamag.com/culturefiles/la-history-a-mexican-perspective/


On first glance, Chicana artist Barbara Carrasco’s 1981 mural L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective doesn’t look like the stuff of controversy. Originally commissioned for the city’s bicentennial, the mural consists of vignettes representing iconic events, people, and places in Los Angeles’ history, all tangled between the strands of a bronze-skinned woman’s flowing hair. The Hollywood sign jumps out at viewers, as do a bunch of oranges and the arched entryway to the Santa Monica pier. But upon closer inspection, it’s an unflinching look at events that shaped the city—both positive and negative.


As Daniel Hernandez wrote for LA Weekly, “The mural pays homage to slain L.A. journalist Ruben Salazar; playwright Luis Valdez and actor Edward James Olmos; to Biddy Mason, the last freed slave in Los Angeles, who founded the city’s First African Methodist Episcopal Church; and lesser-known figures, like Juan Francisco Reyes…the Spanish colonial town’s first elected alcalde—L.A.’s first-ever mayor chosen by the people was black and Spanish-speaking.

“Carrasco also painted Sandy Koufax alongside Dodger Stadium, reminding viewers of the violent displacement of Mexican-American families that took place in order to build the facility at Chavez Ravine. Hank Leyvas, one of the youth wrongfully accused in the 1942 Sleepy Lagoon trial, also is represented.”

When Carrasco refused to censor the mural’s content to make it a more friendly celebration of civic pride, the project was called off by the city, and Carrasco has since stored the mural in Pasadena at her own expense.

It was briefly displayed at Union Station late last year as part of LA Plaza and the California Historical Society‘s exhibit ¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege, although there were several instances when the mural was shrouded under black cloth at the request of individuals who’d booked private events at the depot.

From March 8, 2018, through April 21, 2019, L.A. History will be viewable in its entirety once again beginning March 8 as the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County presents Sin Censura: A Mural Remembers L.A. According to the museum, it’s the first time the full-length mural will be shown in a museum setting, “presented across three walls of an intimate gallery to bring visitors eye-level with the 80-foot panoramic work.”

“I am thrilled to see my mural on display at a museum where it will be seen by thousands of school children and visitors curious about our world,” Carrasco said in a press release. “I have many memories of my own visits to the museum in my youth and appreciate the ways NHMLA reaches diverse audiences.”



Calling It a ‘Stoner Art Museum,’ a Republican Assembly Candidate Decries Public Funding for Cheech Marin’s Chicano Art Center

The original post by Henri Neuendorf for artnet.com can be found here: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/cheech-marin-chicano-art-museum-1324457

A Republican candidate for California’s 60th Assembly District criticized the state’s $9.7 million funding of Cheech Marin’s Chicano Art Museum in Riverside by denigrating the project as a “stoner art museum,” even though the museum has nothing to do with drugs.

For more than three decades, the comedian has assembled one of the finest Chicano art collections in the world. Last month, the Riverside Art Museum received the multimillion-dollar package to establish a dedicated exhibition space to permanently showcase Marin’s collection.

Nevertheless, on June 29th, local Riverside political hopeful Bill Essayli asked on Twitter “$10 million for a stoner art museum? Is that really the best use of our tax dollars when Californians are struggling to survive in the least affordable state?

Bill Essayli@BillEssayli

$10 million for a stoner art museum. Is that really the best use of our tax dollars when Californians are struggling to survive in the least affordable state? https://pagesix.com/2018/06/28/cheech-marins-chicano-art-museum-gets-9-7m-from-california/ 

Cheech Marin’s Chicano art museum gets $9.7M from California

The money was included in the state’s $139 billion budget for 2018-2019 that Gov. Jerry Brown signed Wednesday.


In a separate statement to local paper the Press Enterprise, the assembly candidate added: “Richard ‘Cheech’ Marin made millions starring in his Cheech and Chong comedy movies glorifying illicit drug use.” He also criticized his opponent, incumbent Democrat Sabrina Cervantes, for “handing [Marin] nearly $10 million of our tax money for a museum” while Californians struggle to make ends meet. “I join in celebrating Chicano culture,” he insisted. “However, I believe we must find ways to do so with private funding.”

But according to Cervantes’s campaign consultant Derek Humphrey, the Assemblywoman had nothing to do with the grant aside from voting to approve California Governor Jerry Brown’s $139 million budget bill for 2018–19. 

The grant was in fact supported by fellow Democrat and Riverside Assemblyman Jose Medina, whose spokesman Josh Pulliam vigorously defended the funding. “This Trump-ish tweet comes from a politician who’s either completely ignorant, overly divisive, or both,” he told the Riverside newspaper. “Why should the Bay Area or LA suck up all of the state’s resources for the arts?”

Meanwhile, executive director of the Riverside Art Museum Drew Oberjuerge said the quality of Marin’s collection is unrivaled, and that the comedian-turned-collector has lent works to major institutions all around America. “I Imagine it’s easy to dismiss something they haven’t seen or known, but the track record for the Cheech collection speaks for itself.”

CfP: Boricua en la luna

As an addendum to their previous call for submissions [see our previous post Call for Submissions: Boricua en la luna], co-editors Elena Aponte and Abigail Cloud are now considering visual art and comic (comic essays, comic strips, or single panel cartoons) submissions, in addition to fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Work may be on any subject, but should reference or relate to Puerto Rican identity. The deadline for submissions is September 30.

Work may be in Spanish or English, or both. All proceeds from this anthology will help fund Hurricane Maria recovery relief via the Hispanic Federation. Submit .pdf or .doc/.docx attachment of 1-6 poems, 1-3 flash fiction or nonfiction, or short story or essay up to 3000 words to LunaBoricuas@gmail.com by September 30. Please include a brief biographical note of up to 50 words. Please place title(s) of work in a list within the email, and include name and contact information on the first page of your submission.

Visual artwork should be submitted in either .pdf or .tiff format.

Acceptance decisions will be made by December 31st, with release of anthology in mid-2019.

For more details or inquiries, go to Boricua en la Luna: An Anthology of Puerto Rican Voices on Facebook.