LATINOPIA WORD RICHARD YAÑEZ READS “HYMN TO VATOS…”

The Librotraficante Banned Book Caravan swept through Southwest cities in March of 2012.  The caravan was bringing banned books to the high school students of Tucson, Arizona. It was there that local school authorities had banned books by many Latino authors  from school classrooms.  On their stop-over in El Paso, Texas, local poets and community activists welcomed the group. Among those were Richard Yañez and Vincent Emery Jr. who read Pulitzer Prize nominee and banned author Luís Alberto Urrea’s poem, “Hymn for Vatos Who Will Never Be in the Poem.”

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