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Released: 8/10/2012 8:00 AM EDTNewswise — Childhood obesity is an epidemic, felt dramatically in the Latino population. The University of Houston’s Arte Público Press (APP) has used its greatest strength to combat this issue—literacy. Arte Público Press is the recipient of an additional $400,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to continue to fund the ¡Salud, familia! Project, a multi-pronged effort to use bilingual literature and media to impact Latino health and health policy.
Source: University of Houston
Source: University of Houston
“As the largest Latino publisher, it has always been a dream to be able to reach families who often don’t have access to books and their messages,” said Professor Nicolás Kanellos, director of APP. “As that dream becomes a reality, it’s our responsibility to convey messages that are life-changing ones.”
One successful aspect of ¡Salud, familia! is a series of bilingual books that feature young protagonists who make good choices about food, exercise and healthy living. More than 200,000 copies of the first publication, “I Kick the Ball/Pateo el balon” by Houstonian Gwendolyn Zepeda were distributed nationally to health clinics and nonprofit organizations for children and their families. Other books include “Adelita and the Veggie Cousins/Adelita y las primas verduritas,” and “Sofía and the Purple Dress/Sofía y el vestio morado.”
The effort also includes a public-service web and Spanish-language television campaign, as well as the publication of “At Risk: Latino Children’s Health,” a collection of public policy essays written by physicians and researchers who make up the project’s advisory board.
Future projects include the publications, “A Day without Sugar/Un día sin azúcar,” “Level Up/Paso de nivel” and “The Patchwork Garden.”
The W. K. Kellogg Foundation was one of the original supporters that made the ¡Salud, familia! project possible.
Arte Público Press is the largest publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by Hispanic authors.
For more information on Arte Público Press visit http://www.latinoteca.com/arte-publico-press
UHV/ABR Fall Reading Series
• DATE: Sept. 13, Sept. 27, Oct. 10, Nov. 8, Nov. 29
• TIME: Noon
• WHERE: Alcorn Auditorium of UHV University West, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St., Houston
• COST: Free
• INFO: American Book Review website
The authors chosen for the upcoming season will focus on themes such as racism, culture and contemporary issues.
"Each year, we try to choose authors who experiment and push the literary boundaries," said Jeffrey Di Leo, ABR editor/publisher and dean of the UHV School of Arts & Science.
The first guest in the series is Steve Tomasula, who will come Sept. 13 to UHV. He is the author of the novels "The Book of Portraiture," "IN & OZ," "VAS: An Opera in Flatland" and "TOC: A New Media Novel."
Known for pushing the envelope with his various styles, Tomasula's writing has been called a 're-invention of the novel,' crossing visual as well as written genres.
Tomasula is an associate professor at the University of Notre Dame. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Mary Shelley Award for Outstanding Fictional Work as well as a fellowship from the Howard Foundation.
Other writers for the UHV/ABR fall reading series will be:
• Paisley Rekdal, Sept. 27 - Rekdal is an award-winning author of poetry and essays who often explores the topic of biracialism. Paisley Rekdal, Sept. 27 - Rekdal is an award-winning author of poetry and essays who often explores the topic of biracialism. She has written four books of poetry, "Animal Eye," "The Invention of the Kaleidoscope," "Six Girls Without Pants" and "A Crash of Rhinos," and two collections of essays, "Intimate: A Hybrid Memoir" and "The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee."
Rekdal is an associate professor of English at the University of Utah. She has won numerous awards, including the Amy Lowell Travelling Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship and many more.
• Mat Johnson, Oct. 10 - Johnson is author of the novels "Pym," "Drop" and "Hunting in Harlem," the nonfiction novella "The Great Negro Plot" and the comic books "Incognegro" and "Dark Rain."Mat Johnson, Oct. 10 - Johnson is author of the novels "Pym," "Drop" and "Hunting in Harlem," the nonfiction novella "The Great Negro Plot" and the comic books "Incognegro" and "Dark Rain."
He also writes about race and culture issues. Johnson is an assistant professor for the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. He is a recipient of the U.S. Artist James Baldwin Fellowship, Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and John Dos Passos Prize for Literature.
• Norma Cantú, Nov. 8 - Cantú publishes pieces about a number of academic subjects as well as poetry and fiction. She specializes in Latina and Latino literatures, Chicana and Chicano literatures, border studies, folklore, women's studies and creative writing. Norma Cantú, Nov. 8 - Cantú publishes pieces about a number of academic subjects as well as poetry and fiction. She specializes in Latina and Latino literatures, Chicana and Chicano literatures, border studies, folklore, women's studies and creative writing.
The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, Cantú's "Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera" chronicles her childhood experiences on the border.
Cantú is a professor of English and U.S. Hispanic literature at the University of Texas-San Antonio. She has co-edited four books and edited a collection of testimonials by Chicana scientists, mathematicians and engineers.
• Jake Adam York, Nov. 29 - York is the author of three books of poems: "Murder Ballads," winner of the 2005 Elixir Press Prize in Poetry; "A Murmuration of Starlings," winner of the 2009 Colorado Book Award in Poetry; and "Persons Unknown." Jake Adam York, Nov. 29 - York is the author of three books of poems: "Murder Ballads," winner of the 2005 Elixir Press Prize in Poetry; "A Murmuration of Starlings," winner of the 2009 Colorado Book Award in Poetry; and "Persons Unknown."
York is an associate professor of English and director of creative writing at the University of Colorado Denver, where he co-edits "Copper Nickel," a journal of art and literature. He was a 2011-12 Visiting Faculty Fellow at Emory University's James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, where he worked on a study about the civil rights movement in sculpture, painting, music and literature.
Authors will be available after each reading to sign copies of their books, which can be purchased at the events.
Posted: 08/16/2012 12:00:00 AM MDT
"When you hear her voice, you will never forget her," said Byrd, the city representative whose parents are writers and owners of a local independent publishing company, Cinco Puntos Press.
"She's marvelous," Byrd said about Ultima, the elderly curandera, or medicine woman, portrayed in what has become one of the best-selling Chicano novels of all time.
The coming-of-age story is at the center of El Paso READS, a six-week citywide reading challenge launched Wednesday that encourages people to read the novel before its film adaptation premieres at El Paso's Plaza Theatre on Sept. 17. The film will be released at various El Paso movie theaters Sept. 21.
"It should be like 'Harry Potter,' which everyone reads vigorously before the movie comes out," Byrd said.
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Written by News Release Tuesday, 14 August 2012 12:38
Guam News - Community Events
Themes within the authorʼs works are linked to the exhibitionsʼ subject of fences, which are a dominant feature in our lives and in our history, and are more than functional objects, but are powerful symbols of security, industry, agriculture, and land ownership. Mr. Bacaʼs themes include the American Southwest, addiction, injustice, education, community, incarceration, love and beyond.
He will be on island Monday, August 27.
For more information about the local tour and exhibit, contact the Council at 472- 4461/0 or email Monaeka at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Museum on Main Street and Between Fences check out www.museumonmainstreet.org. To learn more about the I Kelat exhibit and programs visit guamhumanitiescouncil.org