Monday, September 14, 2009


An announcement from Kulupi Press:

We were very impressed by the immense variety in subject and tone of the 112 entries, and by the high quality of the submissions overall. Narrowing the field to one winner was difficult indeed. The work was well crafted, thoughtful, and inspiring to us as publishers, editors, writers, and readers.

We're pleased to announce the winner, selected along with three finalists and four honorable mentions in a blind judging by the editors of Kulupi Press:

Melinda Palacio of Santa Barbara, California: Folsom Lockdown

The finalists, in alphabetical order by author:

Yahya Frederickson of Moorhead, Minnesota: The Yemen Gate

Jonna Laster of Juneau, Alaska: The Place Between

Kristin Stoner of Des Moines, Iowa: Tales from a Nowhere Place

Receiving honorable mention were Isabel de la Rosa of Wichita Falls, Texas for Life on Interior Plains; Phyllis Meshulam of Sebastopol, California for Temple of the Sun; Bart Schneider of Sonoma, California for Sonoma Spring; and Diana Woodcock of Midlothian, Virginia for In the Shade of the Sidra Tree.

After much deliberation, Arthur Dawson and the editors at Kulupi Press chose Folsom Lockdown for its high poetic quality, courageous and consistent voice, the way it developed a sense of place through the poet's family experiences and relationships, and the depth of feeling and strong sense of the person behind the words. Publication is scheduled for spring 2010 and the book will be available on Kulupi's website. Email to pre-order your copy. Signed copies will also be available.

◙ That brilliant loco out of San Diego, William (“Prof. Memo”) Anthony Nericcio, informs us that Amazon is having an amazing sale of the paperback edition of his groundbreaking book, Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America (University of Texas Press). Run, don’t walk, to your nearest PC or Mac and order now!

◙ ANTHOLOGY CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Editors seeking essays for the upcoming anthology, And Then It Shifted: Women Open Up About Leaving Men for Women (Seal Press, 2010). They want a diversity of voices, and welcome submissions from a variety of perspectives. Deadline: December 1. For more information, visit here.

◙ CREATIVE WRITING POSITION AT POMONA COLLEGE: Roy Edward Disney Professorship in Creative Writing. The Department of English at Pomona College seeks a distinguished writer of fiction for appointment to the Roy Edward Disney '51 Professorship in Creative Writing. Responsibility to teach creative writing & literature courses of one's own choosing; load negotiable. The Roy E. Disney Chair is a senior appointment; salary commensurate with rank & accomplishment. Pomona College, the founding member of the Claremont Colleges, is a highly selective liberal arts college, located 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, attracting a diverse, national student body. To be assured full consideration, please send a resume & letter of interest to: Kevin J. H. Dettmar, Chair, Department of English, Pomona College, 140 West Sixth Street, Claremont, California 91711, USA, by September 15, 2009 (so hurry!). EOE.

◙ THE CHOOSING AMERICA PROJECT: We are looking for authentic dramatic anecdotes, short stories (1500-4000 words) that epitomize your experience as immigrants who CHOSE to live in America. Think of something that has happened to you as an immigrant - We are looking for those special moments, encounters, surprises, experiences, disappointments, which vividly convey what it's like to be an immigrant in America. The good, the bad, the sad, the miraculous, the joyful— every anecdote is welcome as long as it's authentic and well told. Send your story to: For more details go to:


Next of Kin: The Family in Chicano/a Cultural Politics (Duke University Press; available in hard cover and paperback). From the publisher:

As both an idea and an institution, the family has been at the heart of Chicano/a cultural politics since the Mexican American civil rights movement emerged in the late 1960s. In Next of Kin, Richard T. Rodríguez explores the competing notions of la familia found in movement-inspired literature, film, video, music, painting, and other forms of cultural expression created by Chicano men. Drawing on cultural studies and feminist and queer theory, he examines representations of the family that reflect and support a patriarchal, heteronormative nationalism as well as those that reconfigure kinship to encompass alternative forms of belonging. Describing how la familia came to be adopted as an organizing strategy for communitarian politics, Rodríguez looks at foundational texts including Rodolfo Gonzales's well-known poem "I Am Joaquín," the Chicano Liberation Youth Conference's manifesto El Plan Espiritual de Aztlán, and José Armas's La Familia de La Raza. Rodríguez analyzes representations of the family in the films I Am Joaquín, Yo Soy Chicano, and Chicana; the Los Angeles public affairs television series ¡Ahora!; the experimental videos of the artist-activist Harry Gamboa Jr.; and the work of hip-hop artists such as Kid Frost and Chicano Brotherhood. He reflects on homophobia in Chicano nationalist thought, and examines how Chicano gay men have responded to it in works including Al Lujan's video S&M in the Hood, the paintings of Eugene Rodríguez, and a poem by the late activist Rodrigo Reyes. Next of Kin is both a wide-ranging assessment of la familia's symbolic power and a hopeful call for a more inclusive cultural politics.

Rigoberto González, an award-winning writer living in New York City, reviews Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s new novel, Last Night I Sang to the Monster (Cinco Puntos Press, $19.95 hardcover). González calls it “Sáenz's most devastating and exquisite novel to date” and the “must-read novel of the year.”

◙ Over at the Los Angeles Times, various writers preview literary events, trends and “happenings.” For her part, the indefatigable Carolyn Kellogg makes note of the upcoming 23rd Guadalajara International Book Fair which will be held from November 28 to December 6. Kellogg reports:

Hosted at the University of Guadalajara, the fair honors a particular place each year with a presentation of its literary culture. Typically, the invitation is extended to a nation, such as Colombia or Italy; L.A. is the first city to be chosen.

The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs is organizing the exchange with the help of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. From Nov. 28 to Dec. 6, four dozen authors will appear.... Salvador Plascencia, born and raised in Guadalajara, will be interviewed by Rubén Martínez on a panel titled "Local Boy Makes Good."

◙ That’s all for now. So, in the meantime, enjoy the intervening posts from mis compadres y comadres here on La Bloga. And remember: ¡Lea un libro!


Viva Liz Vega! said...

Very useful links. Thanx!

William A. Nericcio said...

gracias for the love! abrazos, memo!