Monday, April 17, 2006


Monday’s post from Daniel Olivas

Michelle Otero is a former Fulbright Fellow who lives and works in Oaxaca, México where she conducts creative writing workshops for women survivors of sexual assault. Malinche's Daughter, an essay collection based on her life and work in Oaxaca, was published by Momotombo Press in April 2006. Her work has appeared in Puerto del Sol, BorderSenses, and other journals in the U.S. and México, and she is the recipient of a fellowship from Hedgebrook. She is a committed anti-violence activist, she volunteers with Amigos de las Mujeres de Juarez and is a founding member of The Women Writers’ Collective, an El Paso-based group that showcases the talents of women writers and artists while raising awareness of women’s issues. A graduate of Harvard University, she is currently a student in the low-resident MFA program at Vermont College and is working on Vessels, a memoir of borders based on her grandfather’s service in World War II and her southern New Mexico upbringing. Visit Momotombo Press to order Otero’s chapbook, Malinche’s Daughter.

NUEVO LIBRO: Though I’m often making note of book reviews by Rigoberto González and Sergio Troncoso in the El Paso Times, thanks to the efforts of Sergio and the kind offer from editor Ramón Renteria, I am now a book reviewer for EPT. My first review is of Reyna Grande’s debut novel, Across a Hundred Mountains (Atria Books) which will be released this June. You may read the review here.

NOTICIAS FROM CSRC: The UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center sends us the following important news regarding opportunities and events:

◘ CSRC will host Magdalena Beltran-del Olmo and Frank Sotomayor, editors of Frank del Olmo: Commentaries on His Times, for a reading and book signing on Thursday, April 27, 2006, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., in the CSRC Library, 144 Haines Hall. Otto Santa Ana will serve as moderator, and additional guests will make presentations. A reception will follow. Frank del Olmo, an associate editor and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, was a role model and an inspiration to many Chicana/os. His columns and editorials were often the loudest, clearest, and most articulate voice for the Chicana/o community. He died February 19, 2004. The book is a collection of his columns.

◘ HSF/Pfizer, Inc. Fellowship: A stipend of $10,000 for the first and second year of graduate school is available to ten full-time Hispanic students (one parent must be fully Hispanic or both parents must be half Hispanic). Applicants must be enrolled during the next academic year in a master’s or PhD program and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 at one of the following universities: Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, MIT, NYU, Northwestern, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, UT Austin, or University of Virginia. Deadline: Monday, May 15, 2006. For more information, click here.

BORDER BOOK FESTIVAL: Melinda Palacio offers us a dispatch on the Border Book Festival. Luis Urrea will be a guest author at the festival (see below).

URREA INTERVIEW: Kacey Kowars interviews Luis Urrea. Here are a couple of events Luis has planned:

April 21-23, 2006
Border Book Festival
Mesilla, NM

April 25, 2006
7 p.m.
Reading and Signing
Book Works
Albuquerque, NM

All done. So, until next Monday, enjoy the intervening posts from my compadres y comadre at La Bloga. ¡Lea un libro!

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