Last week, Juan Felipe Herrera was appointed California poet laureate by Gov. Jerry Brown. If this is confirmed by the California Senate, Herrera will become the first Chicano to ever receive this recognition.
You can go here to read about it, here to read more about him, and you can send him felicidades via E-mail to juan.herreraATucr.edu.
La Bloga can only say: Era tiempo!
Last Call for Ice Cream?
Not as significant as Herrrera's achivement, this zany story of mine was accepted by Rudy Rucker (of cyberpunk fame) for his Ezine Flurb #13. You can access a copy for FREE to see what at least one Chicano is doing to widen our presence in the spec fiction world. You can get Flurb #13 as an ebook that can be read on any e-reading device---Kindles, iPhones, Androids, NOOKs, Windows laptops, iPads, whatever. Mobi (for Kindle) and Epub (for the others) available for download at http://www.flurb.net/ebook/
Please leave comments there.
Chicano summer arts camp
Denver's Museo de las Americas is proud to present the 2012 summer camp program, "Animales." Students will have the opportunity to discover the wild world of animals through this multidisciplinary summer arts camp.
For three consecutive weeks, participants will immerse themselves in visual arts, dance, music, and theater classes to better understand the bond between animals, humans, and the environment. Each class is conducted by a trained teacher who is committed to advancing the students' understanding of animals through arts integration techniques and cultural competencies.
Dates: June 25th -July 13, 2012
July 4th: No Camp
July 13th: Final Performance
Hours: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, snack provided
Ages: K through 6th grade
Cost: Scholarships available to DPS students on a first-come, first serve basis
If interested, contact Christina Gese, our Education Director at email@example.com, (303) 571-4401, ext. 28, or in person at 861 Santa Fe Dr., Denver.
Space limited; request registration form today. Deadline May 1st, 2012.
Obama gave us . . .
"There are more African American adults under correctional control today -- in prison or jail, on probation or parole -- than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began.
"As of 2004, more African American men were disenfranchised (due to felon disenfranchisement laws) than in 1870, the year the Fifteenth Amendment was ratified, prohibiting laws that explicitly deny the right to vote on the basis of race.
"A black child born today is less likely to be raised by both parents than a black child born during slavery. The recent disintegration of the African American family is due in large part to the mass imprisonment of black fathers.
If you're still reluctant to let loose of your belief that minorities have never had it so good as under Obama, go here.
[This in no way implies we've had it much better, nor will from the next election, under anyone else, of whatever color.]
Es todo, hoy, RudyG