LATINOPIA SHOWCASE “ALBUQUERQUE POETS 1”

When Professor Emeritus John Crawford of the University of New Mexico heard that the Arizona state legislature had passed a law banning the teaching of ethnic studies in public schools, he was shocked. When he heard that to comply the Tucson Unified School District had removed book written by Latinos from the school libraries, he was even more outraged.  Then he heard about a  Texas caravan bringing the banned books to the children of Tucson and decided that he had to act. On March 4, 2012 he and others organized a benefiit poetry reading for the Caravan which involved leading Albuquerque poets. Filmmaker Daniel Sonis filmed the event and shares the reading here with Latinopia. The poets are, in order of appearance,  Richard Vargas, Andrea Serrano, Jessica Helen López and Levi Romero, Centennial Poet of New Mexico.