Monday, June 05, 2006


Monday's post by Daniel Olivas...

An announcement from Laura Molina, Publisher of Chican@ Art Magazine:

The first quarterly print edition of Chican@ Art Magazine is scheduled for June 2006. The featured artist is Jaime "GERMS" Zacarias. It also features an article on "Project MASA", an annual outer space themed Chicano art exihibition in San Antonio, Texas, curated by Luis Valderas. Other articles include the art of Gloria Osuna Perez and Carlota Espinoza, Gilbert "MAGU" Lujon - Cultural Vehicles & "Keep On Crossin'." Regular features will include reviews, events, media and culture. The mission of Chican@ Art Magazine is to disseminate information about Chican@ Art , the artists, the history and the Movement itself. Chica@na Art will be--and is--the most important school of American art in the 21st century. If the artists do not make art, then the museum curators, The board members who run art organizations, the critics, the gallery owners, the academics who study and write about us, would be without jobs. My goal as publisher is to let the artists take destiny into their own hands. (Artwork shown above: "El Muerto" by Jaime "GERMS" Zacarias for Self-Help Graphics' 2005 Day of the Dead.)

You may also visit Chican@ Art Magazine's blog for more artwork and news.

CHICANO ARCHIVES BOOK RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD: Self-Help Graphics and Art, Inc.: Art in the Heart of East Los Angeles (2005), published by the Chicano Studies Research Center of UCLA (“CSRC”), received the International Latino Book Award for Best Reference Book in English. The award was presented by Latino Literary Now, a non-profit organization supporting literacy and literary excellence within the Latino community, in conjunction with BookExpoAmerica. The author, Kristen Guzmán, is a recent PhD from UCLA and an assistant professor of history at Santa Ana College. The editor, Colin Gunckel, is a doctoral student at UCLA and a CSRC graduate research associate. The book is the first volume in the Chicano Archive series and was published in collaboration with Self-Help Graphics and the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (UC Santa Barbara) and with support from the UCLA Center for Community Partnerships and UCMEXUS.

CALIFORNIA WRITERS EXCHANGE CONTEST: Poets & Writers is pleased to announce the 2007 California Writers Exchange Contest. The winners of the contest, one poet and one fiction writer from California, will receive a $500 honorarium and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City, where they will meet with agents, editors, and prominent writers, and give a public reading of their work in Spring 2007. The winners will be selected by Cristina Garcia (fiction) and Charles Harper Webb (poetry). The contest is open to poets and fiction writers who:

Have never published a book, or have published no more than one full-length book in the genre in which they are applying, and have resided in California for at least two consecutive years prior to the date they submit their manuscripts.

An application must accompany all manuscripts. For complete guidelines and an application, click here. Or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Poets & Writers, Inc.
California Writers Exchange
2035 Westwood Blvd., Suite 211
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Completed applications must be postmarked no later than August 31, 2006. If you have questions, please contact (310) 481-7195 or

YO ♥ LILA DOWNS: I just bought (and can’t stop listening to) La Cantina, the new CD by Lila Downs which is her tribute to canciones rancheras. It’s crazy and beautiful and funny and fresh. Como Lila. ¿No? Anyway, if you want to sample some of her music and take a wild virtual ride through her life, visit her official website by clicking here.

SUBMISSIONS: Scholars planning their summer writing schedule should remember that Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies welcomes submissions on any aspect of Chicano studies. Aztlán accepts research articles (which are substantive, scholarly, original contributions to the field, less than 10,000 words); dossier articles (which are journalistic pieces or personal views on timely topics, less than 5,000 words); and review articles (which are shorter pieces on books, movies, recordings, events, conferences, exhibitions, and so on). The editors would especially like to see more essays submitted from the social sciences. Articles may be in either English or Spanish. Submission guidelines are posted online, along with descriptions for junior scholars of what happens at each stage of the publication process.

BLOGGING IS LIKE EATING OREOS: I warned our friend, the writer C. M. Mayo, that blogging is like, well, eating Oreos. It’s addictive. Madam Mayo, indeed, is blogging away and just posted a piece on Luis Alberto Urrea and his views on writing. She also links to one of my Urrea interviews upon the occasion of the publication of Urrea's magnificent novel, The Hummingbird’s Daughter.

SPEAKING OF BLOGGING: La Bloga welcomes Yvette Doss, managing editor of Tu Ciudad, to the world of blogging. Visit her new venture here. Lookin' good, chica!

NEW POETRY: In the latest issue of the literary journal Gulf Coast, David Hernandez has two fine and (in my opinion) funny poems: "Proof" and "Why Maggots." Hernandez is one of the sharpest poetic voices around today.

EPT REVIEW: Benjamin Alire Sáenz, whose latest book is a collection of poems entitled Dreaming the End of War published by Copper Canyon Press, gives a rave review to Riley's Fire (Algonquin Books ), a novel by Lee Merrill Byd. Byrd, of course, is co-founder of Cinco Puntos Press. I've just read Byrd's novel...beautiful and heartbreaking. I highly recommend it.

CARLOS FUENTES: Just got word...Carlos Fuentes just got added for a reading and book signing of his latest novel, The Eagle's Throne (Random House), Tuesday, June 6th, 7 p.m., Dutton’s Beverly Hills Books, 447 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Phone: (310) 281-0997. Or visit for more information.

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

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