Monday, February 19, 2007


The following is an open letter from Lorraine M. López, author and member of Con Tinta.


I am writing to extend warm wishes for the New Year and on behalf of Con Tinta, an organization in support of the Chicano/Latino literary community. Con Tinta is hosting an event during the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Atlanta, Georgia on March 2, 2007. This annual event provides a critical opportunity for our writing community to share time with colleagues and supporters. In addition to celebrating of our growing community, Con Tinta sponsors this get-together during the conference as a way to introduce our organization to a community at large.

La Mitra, a restaurant located nearby the conference hotels, has agreed to host our event from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Friday, March 2. For more details about this space, please visit their web site:

This celebration will feature an award presentation, readings, and a tapas buffet/cash bar. This year’s recipient of Con Tinta award will be Judith Ortiz Cofer. A longtime resident in Georgia, Judith Ortiz Cofer is being recognized in her home state for her remarkable and prolific contribution to Latino literature in all genres and her tireless support and advocacy of emerging writers. The event will include a celebration to mark the publication of The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry—a new Camino del Sol title from the University of Arizona Press. Brenda Cárdenas, a contributor to the anthology and Con Tinta Advisory Circle member, will MC a collective reading featuring a number of the twenty-five poets in the anthology—poets who, at the time of selection, had no more than one book in print.

At this time, Con Tinta is accepting donations to offset costs for this event. We ask your help in fundraising. While your private donations are welcome, we are also looking to approach others who would be able to lend their financial support. Please feel free to circulate the details of this event to potential donors or send me their information. Rich Yañez is collecting funds on behalf of Con Tinta. His contact information follows.

Please consider yourself invited to the second of what we hope are many Con Tinta celebrations. We look forward to sharing this special evening with you.

Prospero año nuevo,

Lorraine M. López
Contact inoformation:
Rich Yañez
P.O. Box 1025
Santa Teresa, New Mexico
Phone #: 915-831-2630

CON TINTA is a coalition of cultural activists (Chicano/Latino poets and writers) who believe in affirming a positive and pro-active presence in American literature. We come together in the spirit of intellectual exchange, of creating dialogue with our communities and beyond, of recognizing our literary and social histories, and of establishing alliances with other cultural and political organizations. Our mission is to create awareness through the cultivation of emerging talent, through the promotion and presentation of artistic expression, and through the collective voice of support to our members, our communities, and our allies.

Con Tinta Advisory Circle:
Kathleen Alcalá
Brenda Cárdenas
Lisa Chávez
Rigoberto González
Lorraine López
Daniel A. Olivas
Richard Yañez

◙ Alex Espinoza continues to get some great ink for his beautiful and potent debut novel, Still Water Saints (Random House). Rigoberto González profiles Espinoza in the latest issue of Poets & Writers (sadly, the article itself is not online but you can pick it up at most bookstores). And in the Daily News, Richard Irwin offers his take on Espinoza in a piece that begins:

ALEX ESPINOZA never planned on becoming a writer. He sort of fell into it because of some very special teachers. Espinoza is the youngest in a family of 11 children who grew up in La Puente. He was born in Tijuana, Mexico, and moved to the San Gabriel Valley suburb when he was 2 years old. The 35-year-old author recently had his first novel, "Still Water Saints," published by Random House. And Espinoza is already working on a second book.

Read the entire Irwin article here. Espinoza will discuss and sign his book at 7:00 p.m. this Thursday at Borders, 8852 Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera. (562) 942-9919.

◙ An essay of mine was published online with CaliforniaAuthors concerning my leap from short story writer to (attempted) novelist. Take a peek.

◙ It’s a short post today…trying to catch up with life. Hasta. --DAO

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