Monday, August 22, 2005


Monday’s post from Daniel Olivas

Aldo Alvarez was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University. He is Executive Editor and Publisher of Blithe House Quarterly, which was nominated for the GLAAD Media Award and named by Out magazine as "the central publishing arm of new queer fiction." Alvarez is the author of the short-story collection, Interesting Monsters (Graywolf Press). Of this collection, Helena Maria Viramontes said: "Alvarez has a poet's eye and a confessor's soul. Honesty resides where it isn't welcomed, as each of the stories reaches into the contradiction of what it is we call life. Interesting, yes; incredible, of course; awesome, absolutely."

A LITTLE POETRY: Here is a poem by Maria Garcia Tabor, a very talented writer and teacher:

La Mano (The Hand)

Smooth hands are suspect.
I love the roughness of your touch,
the way your hands snag my silk blouses.
Sandpaper man, angel of the working classes,
your calluses are kisses.

I have tortilla-making hands, but don’t make them.
My fingernails have chipped red polish
from Saturday night, are cut short for typing,
are tattooed with the ink of poems.
my hands touch moonlight on lour cheek while you sleep.

LOS ARTES: The City of Brea invites you to attend Latin American Exploration: The Expression of Identity in Latin American Art:

August 13 – September 23, 2005
Brea Art Gallery
City of Brea ~ Civic & Cultural Center
1 Civic Center Circle
Brea, CA 92821

Featured Latin American Artists:
José Bedia
Raul Corrales
Juan Manuel de la Rosa
Susana Espinosa
José M. Fors
Aimeé García
Flavio Garciandía
Jorge Marín
Lucía Maya
Sebastián Picker
Fernando Rodríguez
Victor Vázquez

Guest Curator:
Eliud Alvarado

Regular Art Gallery Hours:
Wednesday - Thursday, Sunday: 12 - 5 pm
Friday - 12 - 8 pm
Saturday - Please call ahead for hours
CLOSED Mondays, Tuesdays and Holidays
Admission: General Admission $1, Children under 12 FREE

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

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