Con Tinta believes in affirming a pro-active presence in American literature. We come together in the spirit of intellectual/artistic dialogue and of recognizing our literary/social histories. Con Tinta's mission is to create awareness through cultivating emerging talent, through promoting creative expression, and through establishing alliances with other cultural/political organizations.
CON TINTA GOALS & VISION:
· Increase awareness of the Chicano/Latino literary community
· Celebrate the voices of our elders
· Cultivate emerging talent
· Promote presentations of artistic expression
· Support the current work & efforts of our members
ADVISORY CIRCLE MEMBERS: Lisa Alvarado, Blas Falconer, Rigoberto González, Maria Melendez, Juan J. Morales, Daniel A. Olivas, Michelle Otero, Richard Yañez
EX-OFICIO CIRCLE MEMBERS: Kathleen Alcalá, Brenda Cárdenas, Lisa D. Chávez, Lorraine M. López
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS:
2006 (Austin) – raúlrsalinas and Rolando Hinjosa-Smith
2007 (Atlanta) – Judith Ortiz Cofer
2008 (New York City) – Sandra María Esteves and Tato Laviera
2009 (Chicago) – Carlos Cortez
2010 (Denver) – Abelardo “Lalo” Delgado and Dr. Alicia Gaspar de Alba
PLEASE JOIN AND SUPPORT CON TINTA AT THIS YEAR'S AWP CONFERENCE IN DENVER:
Date/Time: Thursday, April 8, 2010, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Laguna's Mexican Bar & Grill
Address: 1543 Champa St., Denver, CO 80202 / Phone: (303) 623-5321
Cost: Free Buffet / Cash Bar
Please join us at the 5th Annual Pachanga for the Chicano/Latino Literary community and its allies at AWP. The event will feature special recognition of our literary antepasados, presentation of Achievement Awards, and short readings/tributes by members of our communities. The recipients of this year's Achievement Awards are Abelardo "Lalo" Delgado AND Dr. Alicia Gaspar de Alba.
Con Tinta's celebration is held in conjunction with The Association of Writers and Writing Programs annual conference. Click here for full schedule of events. For more information, e-mail Richard Yañez.
Donations for cost of the Con Tinta celebration may be sent to the following address:
El Paso Community College
P. O. BOX 20500
El Paso, TX 79998-0500
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◙ POETRY READING WITH MELINDA PALACIO: Come join poet Melinda Palacio at Tía Chucha's, 13197-A Gladstone Ave., Sylmar, as she reads from her new collection, Folsom Lockdown (Kulupi Press), on Saturday, March 27th, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
"Folsom Lockdown is that rare literary song that jars the heart, the memories, the pains, as well as what's good in all of us." --Luis J. Rodriguez, award-winning author and founder/editor of Tía Chucha Press
◙ ONWARD, TUCSON: Tucson Poetry Festival is just around the corner: April 2 and 3. The festival celebrates its 28th year with the theme "Poetry Where You Are." The featured poets include Manuel Paul Lopez, author of the collection, Death of a Mexican and other Poems (Bear Star Press). For a full schedule of events, visit here.
◙ GOING DOWN MEMORY LANE: I majored in English lit at Stanford University, class of 1981. That's a long time ago. Well, I recently did a book reading at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park near the campus and got to visit the old stomping grounds the next day (my poor wife had to listen to such profound exclamations as: "I used to buy coffee right here and read!"). A few weeks after the visit, I went through a very pleasant and interesting interview with Anneke Nelson (pictured), a senior at Stanford University and a contributor to the English Department’s blog, Cellar Door. We discussed many things including multiculturalism in literature, my old days back at the Farm, La Bloga, among other things. Check it out here.
◙ That’s all for this Monday. In the meantime, enjoy the intervening posts from mis compadres y comadres here on La Bloga. And remember: ¡Lea un libro!