Friday, April 25, 2008


an·thol·o·gy: a collection of selected literary pieces or passages or works of art or music

The Latino Cultural Center (LCC), Dallas, in collaboration with the Writer’s Garrett
and Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, presents a literary and music ensemble performance with music by Santiago Jiménez y su Conjunto, David Garza and Joel Garza. Readings from the acclaimed Texas anthology Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature, Dagoberto Gilb, editor, (University of New Mexico Press, 2006) by Tony Díaz, Christine Granados, Dagoberto Gilb, Macarena Hernández, Tammy Gomez, Diana López and Rolando Hinojosa-Smith.

Where: LCC Oak Farms Dairy Performance Hall
When: 7:30pm, May 3
Admission: $15 adults, $10 seniors & $8 students

Contact Phone: 214-671-0045

Fresh from the printer: Open Windows III is an anthology of poetry, fiction and essays compiled by the editors at Ghost Road Press (Denver, 2008). The 2007 edition won the Colorado Book Award and the 2005 edition was a finalist in that contest. Included in the third edition are the First, Second and Third prize winners in Ghost Road's annual creative writing contest as well as several other invited contributors. Among the writers are Juliana Aragón Fatula, Carol Guerrero-Murphy, Katie Gutierrez, and yours truly (represented by my poem, This Mestizo Thing Has Me All Mixed Up, which some La Bloga readers may remember. You can get more information including an order form on the Ghost Road website.

The following recently came across my desk:

This is a call for submissions for The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Latino Issues Today for Greenwood Press. This two volume set will offer a broad and succinct overview of current issues in U.S. Latino Communities through topical essays organized alphabetically. This valuable resource, targeting high
school and university students on to the general public, will include approximately one hundred essays focusing on different aspects of the Latino experience in the U.S. such as: education, health, lifestyles, history, politics, immigration and the arts. Numerous sidebars will also appear with bios, profiles, documents, snippets and the like. This will truly be a collection of crucial Latino Issues of the day.


The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Latino Issues & Trends Today will feature short articles (2,500-4,500 words) authored by leading experts and emerging scholars offering an in-depth description of key issues, concepts, terms and trends facing Latinos today. In addition, the encyclopedia will provide a compendium of terms, definitions and explanations of concepts, models, and acronyms.

Invited Submissions

To ensure that this publication has the most current and relevant information possible, we are asking experts, practitioners and scholars for their particular area of research, to contribute short articles on suggested topics or other related topics in their area of interest. Individuals interested in submitting short articles on
suggested topics (This is quite a list that I won't reproduce here -- contact the editors for more information - MR) or other related topics in the area of Latino issues should submit an email with a proposal for an encyclopedia entry by May 14th, 2008. The proposal, not exceeding 3 pages, should include the possible title of the article, authors names and affiliations, one or more topics on which the short article could be contributed, background information and a brief description of the suggested article. We encourage potential contributors to also consider topics not included in our list of topics, especially if the topic is related to the area of their special expertise. This also provides an excellent opportunity in building a publication record for emerging scholars and graduate students. Proposals will be accepted based on pertinent criteria and topic balancing needs.

Please forward your e-mail with the proposal to Dr. Juan M. Benitez and Dr. Jose F. Moreno and no later than May 14th, 2008. You will be notified about the status of your proposed entry by May 30th, 2008. First drafts of entries will be due to the editors by July 14th, 2008. Final drafts will be submitted to the publisher August 1, 2008. This book is tentatively
scheduled for publishing by Greenwood Publishing Group,, in 2008.

Upon acceptance of your proposal, you will have two months to prepare your article (2,500-4,500 words). Guidelines for preparing your short piece as well as a sample article will be sent to you upon acceptance of your proposal.

Important Dates for Contributors:
May 14th, 2008 Deadline for submitting proposals of encyclopedia entries (3 pgs)
May 30th, 2008 Notification of Authors regarding the acceptance of proposals
July 14th, 2008 Deadline for submitting first drafts of articles of the accepted proposals
August 1, 2008 Deadline for submitting final/approved drafts of articles to publisher


April 25: Latin Nights -- La Ley Scholarship Foundation sponsors Mariachi Vasquez, Mundo de Sol, Orquesta la Salsa, and others ... $30 tickets can be purchased at Tonalli, 3810 Pecos, Denver; 720-434-3164. 7 p.m. to midnight; Kiva: 3090 Downing, Denver.

April 26: artEXPOsed -- Free family event. Dance, performance art, culinary art, visual art; students of
artEXPOsed showc
ase their talent at the Thornton Community Center, 2211 Eppinger Blvd., Thornton, CO, 1 - 4 p.m. More info at 720-977-5817. Participants in the artEXPOsed program are between 11 and 16 years old, and over the past 8 weeks have studied in one of four areas: Visual Arts - features mediums such as watercolors, pastels and acrylic oil paints; Performance Arts - involves stage performance, dramatic interpretation and comic sketches; Culinary Arts - introduce kids to cooking and artistic food presentations; Dance - create and perform their choreography.

April 29: Zapatista -- a bilingual play, written by written by Dañel Malán, performed by Teatro Milagro, at El Centro Su Teatro, 8:05 p.m. Teatro Milagro’s new work, Zapatista, shares the struggle of the man behind the mask, Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos of the Zapatista National Liberation Army. Join Teatro Milagro on the intriguing journey exploring the myth behind the man who, in his fight for human rights, proves that the spoken word is a powerful implement for social change. Zapatista opened at El Centro Milagro, in Portland, Oregon on January 11, 2008, before beginning its national tour that will continue through November of 2008.

May 1: Un Toque de Mexico -- 6th annual Cinco de Mayo concert presented by Newsed CDC, the Mexican Cultural Center, the Consulate General of Mexico and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Jeffrey Kahane, music director; Robert Alvarado Switala, violin; José Medina, tenor; Jeff Nevin, arranger & trumpet; Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra, Juventino Romero, director; Bryant Webster School Mariachi Juvenil; Fiesta Colorado Dance Company, Jeanette Trujillo, artistic director. Boettcher Concert Hall, where you can pick up free tickets. 7:00 p.m., Performing Arts Complex, Denver.

May 1 - May 31: Return of the Corn Mothers -- A show about the sacred bounties of the earth; honoring women, art, music, dance, poetry, and the "divine creative energy in us all." Artists include Meggan De Anza, Renee Fajardo, Li Hardison, Santiago Jaramillo, Arlette Lucero, Mike Penny, Todd Pierson, Carl Ruby, Evelyn Valdez Martinez, Suzanna Vega, Rita Wallace, Holly Wasinger, Robert Lopez Dussart (in memorial). Opening night extravaganza on May 2, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. CHAC, 774 Santa Fe Drive, Denver.

And speaking of anthologies: Rudy G. and I host a reading and celebration of Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Southern California Literature, edited by Daniel Olivas (Bilingual Press, 2008), at the Tattered Cover, East Colfax and Elizabeth, Denver, on May 21 at 7:30 p.m. I'm thinking our topic might be What Are Two Illiterate Peasants From Denver Doing in a Book About Southern California? Stay tuned for more details about this and other Lotusland events.


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