Wednesday, October 8, 2014

PINTURA : PALABRA poetas en CALIFAS: The Roster

Zoot Suit

Ignacio Gomez, 2002 

Smithsonian American Art Museum, 
Gift of Ricardo and Harriett Romo, 2011.51.1

 © 1978, Ignacio Gomez
October 10-12, 2015
Sacramento, CA
Crocker Art Museum
The Sacramento Poetry Center

Francisco X. Alarcón (workshop facilitator) is the author of ten volumes of poetry, including, Ce•Uno•One: Poemas para el Nuevo Sol / Poems for the New Sun (Swan Scythe Press 2010), From the Other Side of Night / Del otro lado de la noche: New and Selected Poems (University of Arizona Press 2002), Sonetos a la locura y otras penas / Sonnets to Madness and Other Misfortunes (Creative Arts Book Company 2001), No Golden Gate for Us (Pennywhistle Press 1993), Snake Poems: An Aztec Invocation (Chronicle Books 1992), De amor oscuro / Of Dark Love (Moving Parts Press 1991, and 2001), Body in Flames / Cuerpo en llamas (Chronicle Books l990). Poetic Matrix Press will publish order Borderless Butterflies / Mariposas sin fronteras at the end of Summer of 2014 and the University of Arizona Press will also publish his bilingual poetry book, Canto hondo / Deep Song at the end of 2014.
He is the recipient of several literary prizes, including the Before Columbus Foundation’s 1993 American Book Award, the 1993 Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and the 1984 Chicano Literary Prize.  In April 2002 he received the Fred Cody Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association (BABRA) in San Francisco. 
He is also the co-founder of Los Escritores del Nuevo Sol, a collective of poets and writers based in Sacramento, CA. 
In 2010, he created "Poets Responding to SB 1070" on Facebook, which has close to 8000 members, 600,000 visits, 3,200 poems posted, thousands of comments, daily and weekly hits:
 JoAnn Anglin has been active with and inspired by Los Escritores del Nuevo Sol/Writers of the New Sun since its beginnings 20 years ago.  She has had poems published in several anthologies and literary journals, and has been a featured reader at many poetry venues, e.g., libraries, nature centers, clubs, churches, cafés, and museums.  A member of California Poets in the Schools and the Sacramento Poetry Center, she has taught poetry writing in schools, at a Senior Home, and currently at Folsom State Prison. A coach for the Poetry Out Loud program and the current coordinator of the Writers of the New Sun, JoAnn has received District Arts Awards from Sacramento City and County.
Paul Aponte is a Chicano poet born in San Jose, California USA, and now a proud citizen of Sacramento.   Paul, was a member of the performance poetry group "Poetas Of The Obsidian Tongue" in the 90's, and now is a member of "Escritores del Nuevo Sol".  He writes poetry in Spanish, English, and Spanglish, and enjoys breaking writing rules to communicate a truth in expression that can be seen in his writings.
 Born in Ecuador and raised in the Bronx, Oscar Bermeo is the author of four poetry chapbooks, most recently, To the Break of Dawn.  He has taught creative writing workshops to inmates in Rikers Island Penitentiary, at-risk youth in the Bronx, foster teens in San Jose, bilingual elementary students in East Oakland, and to adults through the Oakland Public Library's Oakland Word program.  He is a Bronx Recognizes Its Own, CantoMundo, San Francisco Intergenerational Writers Lab, and VONA: Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation poetry fellow. Oscar makes his home in Oakland, with his wife, poeta Barbara Jane Reyes.  For more information, please visit:
 Maya Chinchilla, the author of The Cha Cha Files: A Chapina Poética (Korima Press, 2014) is a Guatemalan, Bay Area-based writer, video artist, and educator with an MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College. She writes and performs poetry that explores themes of historical memory, heartbreak, tenderness, sexuality, and alternative futures. Her work —sassy, witty, performative, and self-aware— draws on a tradition of truth-telling and poking fun at the wounds we carry.  

Born and raised in Long Beach, CA, by a mixed class, mixed race, immigrant activist extended family, Maya has lived and loved in the Bay Area for the second half of her life. Her work has been published in anthologies and journals including: Mujeres de Maíz, Sinister Wisdom, Americas y Latinas: A Stanford Journal of Latin American Studies, Cipactli Journal, and The Lunada Literary Anthology, and is quoted (and misquoted) in essays, presentations and books on U.S.-Central American poetics; Chicana/Latina literature; and identity, gender, and sexuality.

Maya is a founding member of the performance group Las Manas, a former artist-in-residence at Galería de La Raza in San Francisco, CA, and La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, CA, and is a VONA Voices and Dos Brujas workshop alum. She is the co-editor of Desde El Epicentro: An anthology of Central American Poetry and Art and is a lecturer at San Francisco State University and UC Davis

Born in Jáltipan, Veracruz, México, Lucha Corpi was nineteen when she came to Berkeley as a student wife in 1964. Corpi is the author of two collections of poetry: Palabras de mediodía/Noon Words and Variaciones sobre una tempestad/Variations on a Storm (Spanish with English translations by Catherine Rodríguez Nieto), two bilingual children’s books: Where Fireflies Dance/Ahí, donde bailan las luciérnagas and The Triple Banana Split Boy/El niño goloso. She is also the author of six novels, four of which feature Chicana detective Gloria Damasco: Eulogy for a Brown Angel, Cactus Blood, Black Widow’s Wardrobe, and Death at Solstice.  Her newest book, Confessions of a Book Burner: Personal Essays and Stories, was published by Arte Publico Press in April, 2014. Corpi has been the recipient of numerous awards and citations, including a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry, an Oakland Cultural Arts fellowship in fiction, the PEN-Oakland Josephine Miles Award and the Multicultural Publishers Exchange Literary Award for fiction, and two International Latino Book Awards for her mystery fiction. Until 2005, she was a tenured teacher in the Oakland Public Schools Neighborhood Centers.
Nancy Aidé González is a Chicana poet, educator, and activist. She graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. Her work has appeared in Huizache The magazine of  Latino literature, Mujeres De Maiz Zine, DoveTales, Tule Review, Seeds of Resistance Flor y Canto: Tortilla Warrior, La Bloga, and several other literary journals. Her work is featured in the Sacramento Voices: Foam at the Mouth Anthology, Lowriting:Shots Rides & Stories from the Chicano Soul, and Twenty: In Memoriam. She hosts Mosaic of Voices, a poetry series which features multicultural poets in Sacramento. She is a participating member of Escritores del Nuevo Sol.
Xico González is an educator, artist, poet, and a political and cultural activista based in Sacramento, California. He received a MA in Spanish from Sacramento State, and an MFA in Art Studio from UC Davis.  González is member of Sol Collective, a cultural center that promotes art, culture, and activism in Sacramento.  González currently teaches Spanish and Art Studio at the Met Sacramento High School.
Javier O. Huerta is the author of Some Clarifications y otros poemas (Arte Publico 2007), which received the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize from UC Irvine, and American Copia: An Immigrant Epic (Arte Publico 2012). His poems have recently been anthologized in American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011, and Everyman's Library Art and Artists: Poems. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Originally from Mexico, Paco Marquez is a former board member of the Sacramento Poetry Center, a Squaw Valley and Surprise Valley workshops alumnus, and a member of Escritores del Nuevo Sol. He is currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing at NYU, where he is poetry editor of the graduate journal, Washington Square. He is also assistant editor at OccuPoetry, an online progressive journal. His work has appeared in, Late Peaches: Poems by Sacramento Poets, and the 2013 Squaw Valley Review. Paco was on of the poets selected for the Sacramento Metropolitan Art Commission’s Del Paso Words & Walls Project, and he was recently featured as Lo-Writer of the Week in Juan Felipe Herrera’s California Poet Laureate website. 
Gerardo Pacheco Matus, a Mayan Native, was born in Huhi, Yucatan, Mexico.  Pacheco crawled across The United States’ border at age 16. Pacheco’s Mayan and Mexican heritage influences his writing. Pacheco uses their magic and history to bridge these two worlds that have been in conflict. Pacheco’s writing deals with migration's social and cultural hardships. Pacheco’s poems have appeared in Cipactli Magazine, Transfer Magazine, El Tecolote Newspaper, LA BLOGA Online Magazine, The Amistad Howard University Journal and Spillway Magazine. In 2012, The San Francisco Foundation awarded Pacheco the distinguished Joseph Henry Jackson Award. In 2013, The Grantmakers in the Arts awarded Pacheco a stipend to support his writing, and also featured an excerpt of his current book project, The Child of the Grasses. In 2015, Black Lawrence Press will publish Pacheco’s firs literary essay, “Institutionalized: My Influences as an American Poet.” Pacheco’s first poetry collection, This Is Crow Land, is forthcoming from Jambu Press in 2014.
Maceo Montoya is an internationally exhibiting artist and the author of The
 Scoundrel and the Optimist (Bilingual Press, 2010), awarded the 2011 International 
Latino Book Award for “Best First Book,” The Deportation of Wopper Barraza (University of New Mexico Press, 2014), and Letters to the Poet from His Brother (Copilot Press, 2014). In 2013, Latino Stories named him one of its “Top Ten New Latino Writers to Watch.” Montoya is an assistant professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis. He lives in Woodland, CA.
Adela Najarro currently teaches at Cabrillo College as the English instructor for the Puente Project, a program designed to support Latinidad in all its aspects, while preparing community college students to transfer to four year colleges and universities. Her extended family’s emigration from Nicaragua to San Francisco began in the 1940’s and concluded in the eighties when the last of the family settled in the Los Angeles area. She holds a doctorate in literature and creative writing from Western Michigan University, as well as an M.F.A. from Vermont College. Her poetry appears in the University of Arizona Press anthology The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, and she has published poems in numerous journals, including Porter Gulch Review, Acentos Review, BorderSenses, Feminist Studies, Puerto del Sol, Nimrod International Journal of Poetry & Prose, Notre Dame Review, Blue Mesa Review, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. She has three forthcoming books in 2015: Twice Told Over, full-length poetry collection from Unsolicited Press, Split Geography, a poetry chapbook from Mouthfeel Press, and Fostering Habits of Mind in Today’s Students: A New Approach to Developmental Education from Stylus Publishing, edited with her colleagues Jennifer Fletcher and Hetty Yelland.
Graciela B. Ramírez, for 25 years, was an instructor in Spanish and Ethnic Studies in California State University, Sacramento. She has published poetry and memoirs in different anthologies, plus a book in poetry titled: Educación, Una Epica Chicana.  For 11 years she was the coordinator of the 20-year-old group: Escritores del Nuevo Sol and helped edit the group’s anthology, Voces del Nuevo Sol.  She has read poetry in different venues in Sacramento, Davis, San Francisco and other places. And she participated in Third World Poetry readings at CSUS where she also organized poetry programs in the Foreign Languages Department.
Joseph Rios was born and raised in the Central San Joaquin Valley. He is the author of the poetry manuscript, "Shadowboxing: Poems and Impersonations," a finalist for a Willow Books Literary award. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming from Huizache, Bozalta, New Border, Poets Responding to SB1070, and Hector Tobar's blog for Los Angeles Times Books. In addition to published work, Joseph has recorded for radio programs such as: Pakatelas, Words on a Wire, and Nuestra Palabra. He has been a featured reader for San Francisco's highly acclaimed LitCrawl, Galeria de la Raza's Lunada, and the Lyrics and Dirges series in Berkeley. This July, he welcomed the first writer to Dona Helen's, a residency for writers at his Grandparents' longtime home in Clovis, CA. He studied literature at UC Berkeley and Fresno City College. He lives in Oakland. 
Sandra Garcia Rivera is an award-winning Nuyorican poet and vocalist, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has captured audiences throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Europe as a solo artist and alongside musical legends. She has published two chapbooks: Shoulder High, and Divination of the Mistress, and published two handmade book art editions of her highly acclaimed poem That Kiss (Ediciones Mixta, NYC). She has been anthologized in Caribbean Erotic, Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2012, Centro Journal, Hostos Review/Revista Hostosiana, and Urban Latino Magazine. She is currently a teaching artist with WritersCorps, and the curator & host of Lunada Literary Lounge at Galería de la Raza. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Antioch University.
Odilia Galván Rodríguez, is an eco-poet/writer, activist, editor, and educator of Chicano-Tinde ancestry. She was born in Galveston, Texas and raised on the south side of Chicago. She is the author of four books of poetry, of which Red Earth Calling ~cantos for the 21st century~, is her latest.  Her writing has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including, Unraveling The Spreading Cloth Of Time: Indigenous Thoughts Concerning The Universe, Peace Is A Haiku Song, ¡Ban This! The Bsp Anthology of Xican@ Literature, ZYZZYVA, Our Spirit, Our Reality ~ Celebrating Our Stories, The En'owkin Journal of First North American Peoples, New Chicana / Chicano Writing: 1& 2, Reinventing the Enemy's Language: Contemporary Native American Women's Writings of North America, Here is my kingdom: Hispanic-American literature and art for young people. Her work has also appeared online in publications such as: Poets United, Road To Ife Magazine, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Heart on a Plate: Recipes and Poetry of Love, and La Bloga. She is also one of the co-founders of Poets Responding to SB1070, a Facebook page dedicated to calling attention to the unjust laws passed in Arizona which target Latinos, and teaches Empowering People Through Creative Writing Workshops nationally.  
Harold Terezón is an educator and poet from Pacoima, CA. He received the San Francisco Foundation's James D. Phelan Literary Award in 2013. Heserved as a teaching artist for WritersCorps from 2011-2013, helping San Francisco youth find their voice through poetry and writing. His work has appeared in  POECOLOGY, Puerto del Sol, PALABRA, Rushing Waters Rising Dreams: How the Arts Are Transforming a Community, and The Acentos Review, among other publications.  He is currently teaching poetry at City College of San Francisco and working on Hunting Izotes, a collection of poems inspired by his family's immigrant experience.
The PINTURA : PALABRA workshops
are made possible thanks, in part,
to the generosity of the Weissberg Foundation
and individual donors.

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