Friday, April 08, 2011

Ernesto Cardenal Visits Denver - XicanIndie XIII - Book Awards

Good stuff this edition and it's a long one - Ernesto Cardenal makes a rare visit to Denver for a celebration of his new book. XicanIndie XIII is up and running - my post, thanks to Tanya over at Su Teatro, includes a schedule, summaries of the films, trailers, and details about the festival, now a mainstay of the Denver cultural scene. Finally, two close friends of La Bloga are up for a book award - how cool is that?


The Origin of Species and Other Poems
Ernesto Cardenal

translated and introduced by John Lyons
foreword by Anne Waldman
Texas Tech University Press, April, 2011
[publisher's website text]

Ernesto Cardenal, widely acknowledged as Latin America's greatest living poet, continues to craft works of striking beauty, as demonstrated in this collection’s title poem, an exquisite meditation on Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Among the twenty new poems included here are many appearing for the first time in English, some for the first time anywhere. Cardenal has also added new cantigas, or cantos, to supplement his book-length masterpiece, Cosmic Canticle. “There is order even in the foam of a torrent,” affirms Cardenal. Evolution, natural selection, existence, and purpose figure into this complex symphony. In his characteristic blend of poetry, politics, and prayer, he grapples with elemental questions of life, delivering a thought-provoking, joyous vision of an earthly paradise in which humanity must find its role and calling.

Cardenal epitomizes what makes literature live in Central America today. —Booklist
One of the world’s major poets. —Choice
Cardenal is a major epic-histocial poet, in the grand lineage of Central American prophet Rubén Dario. —Allen Ginsberg
One of the most influential (and controversial) poets of his generation. —Robert Hass

Praise for The Origin of Species and Other Poems
The crowning work in the long career of this well-known Latin American poet . . . [whose] revolutionary fire is still evident, but it's subsumed in the subjects of the poems rather than manifest[ed] in slogans. —Ed Ochester
A Whitmanic embrace and . . . a timely political resonance with a particularly difficult and broken-hearted new century. —Anne Waldman, from the foreword

The author of more than thirty-five books, many translated into multiple languages, Nicaraguan poet Ernesto Cardenal was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1965. His studies with Trappist monk Thomas Merton and his involvement with the Sandinista movement in his home country have informed his writing and political activism. He lives in Managua, Nicaragua, where he is vice president of Casa de los Tres Mundos, a literary and cultural organization.

Poet, journalist, and musician John Lyons has translated previous works of Ernesto Cardenal and other Spanish-language poets. He lives in São Carlos, Brazil.

The author of more than forty books of poetry, Anne Waldman lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Ernesto Cardenal will read from his new book, The Origin of Species and Other Stories on April 22 at the Museo de las Amerícas, 861 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO, at 6:00 PM. The event is free and is hosted by the Colorado Center for the Book.

A visit by this world-renown poet and revolutionary is a rare occurrence - avoid the self-recriminations and plan to attend. Support the Colorado Center for the Book and its new initiatives to expand and illuminate the Denver cultural scene.

One of the new faces over at the Colorado Center for the Book, and one of the primary organizers of the Cardenal event, is Tim Z. Hernandez, well-known poet and debut novelist with his book Breathing, In Dust, which I reviewed for La Bloga back here. I've learned that Tim's book is a finalist for a California Book Award in the category of First Work of Fiction - I believe the awards will be announced the week of April 11. Good luck, Tim!

Meanwhile, fellow bloguero, René Colato Laínez, is also nominated for a California Book Award in the Children's Book category for From North to South/Del Norte Al Sur, illustrations by Joe Cepeda. Published by Children's Book Press. Buena suerte, René!

Su Teatro
XicanIndie Film Fest XIII
April 7-10
XIFF logo

Any film: $10 or $7 in advance
Friday XicanIndie Awards Reception plus film: $25
All festival pass (all films and two receptions) $35
Su Teatro @ The Denver Civic Theater
721 Santa Fe Dr.
Denver, CO 80204

Thursday - Opening Night

Thursday, April 7 - 7:30 p.m.
2 Havanas

Vivian Lesnik Weisman 2008 90 min USA / Cuba
Not showing at a theatre near you, THE MAN OF TWO HAVANAS, has no US distributor nor will you see it on PBS anytime soon. The film that many members of Congress don't want you to see exposes what's really behind US - Cuban relations and the double standard on terror. Cuban born, Miami bred Vivian Lesnik Weisman has ruffled feathers befitting her pedigree as daughter of legendary journalist, Max Lesnik. With a childhood filled with bombings, attempts on her father, the filmmaker explores her relationship with him and the Cuba he left behind.
Introduced by Denver Mayor Guillermo (Bill) Vidal

Man Of Two Havanas Trailer + Clips + Director Notes
Man Of Two Havanas Trailer + Clips + Director Notes

Friday - XicanIndie Awards and Films

Friday, April 8

Reception - 6:30 p.m.
Gun Hill Road - 7:30 p.m.- Salon I
POETIC MYTH of Tony Shearer - 7:45 - Salon II

Gun Hill Road | FIRST LOOK clip SUNDANCE 2011
Gun Hill Road | FIRST LOOK clip SUNDANCE 2011

Gun Hill Road - 7:30 p.m.
Rashaad Ernesto Green
2011 88 min. USA
After three years in prison, macho Enrique (Esai Morales) returns home to the Bronx and finds things changed. His wife, Angela (Judy Reyes), is distant, and his son, Michael, has come out as Vanessa, a transgendered woman. Unable to accept his child for who she is now, Enrique clings to his masculine ideals while Angela attempts to hold the family together by fiercely protecting Vanessa.

Tony Shearer
Friday, April 8 7:45 p.m.
The Poetic Myth of Tony Shearer
Daniel Salazar 2011 50 min USA
Beloved CO storyteller, author and activist from questionable background creates a poetic myth about his life, the praying flute and the Aztec calendar through a lifetime of stories, writings and performing which cumulated in a worldwide "harmonic convergence". Tony tells his own story, complemented by interviews with family, friends and collaborators; his artwork, rare videos and publications.

SATURDAY - XicanIndie y Mas!

Chones - XicanIndie Shorts - Saturday April 9 - 4 p.m.

Choke - Michele Latimer 2011 - 11 min Canada
After leaving his First Nations reservation, Jimmy encounters the lost souls of the city and realizes you cannot escape who you are.
COPIA "A" - Pablo Alberto Diaz 2009 5:40 min Argentina - The exhiliration experienced by the projectionist at an old movie theater quickly turns into a nightmare.
Cinderella - Magali Magistry 2011 11 min Brazil/France - Luiza and Rico: love and loss in a Rio de Janeiro nightclub.

In Therapy

Saturday, April 9 - 4:30

In Therapy
Jose Alvarenga Jr. 2010 93 min Brazil
Mercedes, a 40-something, married mother of two, suddenly and without explanation, decides to visit a psychiatrist. What begins as mere curiosity turns into a devastating experience that causes a series of dramatic changes in her daily life. On the couch, she questions her marriage, her professional accomplishments and her seductive prowess as a woman. This is just the beginning.....

Special Fundraising Reception for CAVP

Saturday April 9 - 6 p.m.

For the past 25 years, CAVP has been dedicated to eliminating violence within and against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities in Colorado.
Join us for a reception in CAVP's honor! Enjoy delicious appetizers and your first sangria free, hear about this organization's important work, and support their efforts with a donation.

Photos of Angie Trailer
Photos of Angie Trailer

Saturday - 7 p.m.
Alan Dominguez 2011 55 min USA
This haunting yet hopeful documentary tells the story of Angie Zapata, a transgender teen who was murdered in rural Greeley, Colorado in 2008. The film moves between the trial of her killer, Angie's brief life and self-discovery told through family and friends, and the fruition of national hate crime legislation with Angie's case very much in the foreground as it was the first time that a transgender murderer was successfully prosecuted under hate crime laws. Told in five movements, one per day of the trial of Angie's killer, the film features a classical score by Mackenzie Gault of the national touring band The Flobots and additional music by L.A.-based band Ozomatli. The film reveals Angie's simple life in the context of a complicated struggle juxtaposed with her violent death at the hands of a man whose true nature is finally revealed.
IN PERSON: Producer/Director Alan Dominguez, Producer David Dominguez

The Dry Land - Official Trailer
The Dry Land - Official Trailer

Saturday, April 9 7:30 p.m.
The Dry Land
Ryan Piers Williams 2009 92 min USA
James (Ryan O'Nan) returns from Iraq to face a new battle-reintegrating into his small-town life in Texas. His wife (America Ferrera), his mother (Melissa Leo), and his friend (Jason Ritter) provide support, but they can't fully understand the pain and suffering he feels since his tour of duty ended.

XicanIndie Sunday

Sunday April 10 2 p.m.

american veteranos
As Long as I Remember: AMERICAN VETERANOS -
Laura Varela 2011 50 min USA
Produced and Directed by San Antonio filmmaker Laura Varela, the documentary chronicles the experiences of three South Texas Vietnam-era veterans who are also artists: visual artist Juan Farías, author Michael Rodríguez and poet/performance artist Eduardo Garza. The film takes the audience through the lives of the artists and their families: growing up in the Mexican American community, their military service in Vietnam, and their lives after the war.

As Long As I Remember: American Veteranos Trailer
As Long As I Remember: American Veteranos Trailer

Sunday, April 10 4 p.m.

Tropico de Sangre
Tropico de Sangre - Juan Delancer 2010 120 min Dominican Republic/USA
Based on a true story. Set in the 1950s, Minerva Mirabal and her sisters are raised in a privileged well-to-do family. But the country is in turmoil under the brutal dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. This is the story of how Minerva and her sisters dared to stand up against the dictator.
Tropico de sangre 2010  (Tropic of blood) Trailer
Tropico de sangre 2010 (Tropic of blood) Trailer

Sunday, April 10 - 6 p.m.

Trailer Espiral
Trailer Espiral
Espiral - Jorge Perez Solano 2009 100 min Mexico
Hoping to better their lives, the men migrate wthout realizing that they are destroying what they want to protect most: their families. The men return to find nothing is the same as the women have taken over. A distinctly Mixteca take on the human condition and how dreams sometimes distract us from the miracles that surround us.



Amanda Burger said...

I wanted to comment on the presentation by Brenda Cardenas. She did a really good job of keeping the audience interested in what she was talking about, especially with her humor, while still conveying a ton of information. Not only did she read some of her comical poetry, but she also shared the work of others. I especially liked the poem "Oh What a nice day to be aqui en Sears, Miss Conception." It showed the importance of code-switching and how using both English and Spanish creates much irony and humor. Rockhurst was extremely lucky to get the opportunity to see her presentation!

Nick Johnson said...

I'd like to comment on what seems like the ever-growing community of Latino writers and artists in the Kansas City area. I think the expansion of this literary area is incredible, and wouldn't be possible without informative medians such as La Bloga and the work of the artists.

Furthermore, it seems that the artists themselves take an impassioned interest in promoting the work of others. Both Xanath and Mr. Faus have worked to grow Latino literature in art in the area by organizing and directing literary and art events. In my limited experience with the LWC the authors have been very willing to share their work and encourage others to do so.

Anonymous said...

As Amanda previously mentioned, the presentation by Brenda Cardenas was completely fascinating in that she not only showed the origins of Latino poetry but also focused on contemporary trends in Latino poetry.

As someone working towards being bilingual in both Spanish and English, I was very interested in the trans-culturalism and trans-nationalism that Brenda mentioned is a key component of Latino poetry today as border lines are crossed and people have a place in more than one culture. As Amanda said, Rockhurst was very fortunate to have Brenda come and talk with us!