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Latino/a Poets Expressing Rebellion,
Pain, Beauty will Read Works Feb. 2

January 10, 2008

By Jan Jennings

An evening of politically charged poetry on issues that effect the Latino/a community will be presented by seven Latino/a poets at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 in the auditorium of the downtown San Diego Central Library, 820 E. St.

The event is sponsored by the Chicano/Latino Arts and Humanities Program (CLAH) at the University of California, San Diego, and the UCSD Center for the Humanities, in collaboration with the San Diego Central Library. It is free and open to the public.

Entitled Palabras de Poder (Words of Power): Rebel Writers from the New Latino/a America, the event will feature “rebellious words” by “political poets who are reacting to the strong anti-immigrant wave in recent months,” according to UCSD literature professor and CLAH director, Jorge Mariscal.

Palabras de Poder is a major event in the cultural history of Latinos in California,” Mariscal says. “For the first time in a generation, a group of working class poets and writers from the barrios and neighborhoods of our state will collaborate with the University of California to offer the public a powerful artistic message about the hopes and fears of Latino communities in the first decade of the 21st century.”

Palabras de Poder is being organized by the Red CalacArts Collective, a group of Chicano and Latino artists from the San Diego and National City area. “The name is a play on the word ‘calaca’ which means skull in Spanish,” says Mariscal.

Poets who will be reading and the title of their works include tatiana de la tierra, For the Hard Ones: A Lesbian Phenomenology; Sara R. Eslava, Machetes y Mariposas: Poems to My Chicana Sisters; Paul S. Flores, Along the Border Lies; Olga A. García Echeverría, Falling Angels: Cuentos y Poemas; Leticia Hernández-Linares, Razor Edges of My Tongue; Cesar A. Preciado-Cruz, Revenge of the Illegal Alien, and Irene Castruita, formerly of Los Able Minded Poets.

The downtown San Diego Central Library provides a venue “accessible to working class Latino communities south of I-8,” Mariscal points out, adding the invitation to the entire San Diego community to “come hear, see and feel the power, beauty and pain of those whose cultural identity and existence is under attack.”

The Red CalacArts Collective is a project of Calaca Press. For further information, call (619) 920-1713 or e-mail calacapress@cox.net.


Media Contact: Jan Jennings, 858-822-1684

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