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LATINOPIA EVENT 1969 DENVER YOUTH CONFERENCE

Latino identity has always been a vexing question. Should we call ourselves Mexican Americans, Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, Boricuas, Latinos, Hispanics? A historic moment of self-definition took place in … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD PAT MORA “LEGAL ALIEN”

Pat Mora is a poet, novelist and author of children's books. Her writings often reflect the conflictive nature of being bilingual and bi-cultural. Here she reads the poem "Legal Alien," which explores … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD RICHARD MONTOYA ‘WHAT IS GREATEST CHICANO POEM?”

In 1974, Chicano poets José Montoya and José Antonio Burciaga traveled to New York to meet with Puerto Rican poets of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. On a street corner in Loisaida (the Lower East Side of … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD “FROM THIS WICKED PATCH OF DUST”

Texas born Chicano author Sergio Troncoso's autobiographical novel, "From This Wicked Patch of Dust,"  tells the story of a  a multi-generational family from Isleta, Texas that spans decades. The … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD ERNESTO HOGAN “HIGH AZTECH”

Ernest Hogan is a science fiction author of Irish and Mexican descent. His works include the novels "Cortez on Jupiter," "High Aztech," and "Smoking Mirror Blues."  In "High Aztech" he envisions a … [Read more...]

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WHO YOU TALKIN’ TO FANNY? 4.27.14 “IVAN KRIMKER”

IVAN KRIMKER: AS AN IMMIGRANT TO THE U.S., AN IRAQ WAR VETERAN TALKS ABOUT HIS DECISION TO JOIN THE NAVY AND HIS LIFE AFTER WAR. __________________________________________________ Ivan Krimker … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD RUDY CH. GARCÍA “THE CLOSET OF DISCARDED DREAMS”

Rudy Ch. García is a Colorado author whose works range from science fiction and fantasy to the contemporary Chicano reality. In 2012, he published "The Closet of Discarded Dreams" in which the Chicano … [Read more...]

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WORD VISION with HARRY GAMBOA, JR. 4.27.14 “ANNIHILATE”

ANNIHILATE. Genocide is for those who decide There are too many x’s for eyes Bloodstains wash away the memory Bullets bounce from house to house Visiting unannounced Reducing the genetic … [Read more...]

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THINKING LATINA WITH SARA INÉS CALDERÓN 2.02.14 “LATINOS IN THE SCI-FI FUTURE?”

LATINA SCI-FI NERD ASKS: DO LATINOS MAKE IT TO THE FUTURE? I don’t recall, exactly, how it was that I found “Star Trek,” but I remember that it was something I always looked forward to. By the time … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD RUDOLFO ANAYA “BLESS ME ÚLTIMA”

Rudolfo A. Anaya is a pioneering, prolific and renowned Chicano author. His novel, Bless Me Última, is a magical story of a young boy's coming of age in 1940s New Mexico.  Set against a background of … [Read more...]

LATINOPIA WORD ALEJANDRO MURGUÍA “NINETEEN MEN”

Alejandro Murguía is a poet and narrative writer who has won the coveted American Book Award twice for his short story collections Southern Front (1990) and This War Called Love (2002). In 2013 he was … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC CONJUNTO HUEYAPAN “EL AHUALULCO”

Conjunto Hueyapan is a jarocho musical group made up of two generations of the Herrera family.  Founded in 1973 by Fermín Herrera, the group hails from Oxnard, California and are always is in popular … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 2012 ANAYA ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

On April 20, 2012, acclaimed Chicano author Rudolfo Anaya was awarded the Robert Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award by the Los Angeles Times. This award recognizes a lifetime of achievement by a living … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC JOEY’S CHEMISTRY “I WONDER”

Raul Callejo and Daniel Alvarado Jr. are two musicians from El Paso, Texas who perform under the name Joey's Chemistry. Here they render an original song written by Raul Callejo, "I Wonder." … [Read more...]

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ZOMBIE MEX DIARIES 4.07.14 “LAZARO – MIND BLOCK 101″

MIND BLOCK 101. It was almost two months after Mr. Nez announced that it would take only a week or so for Filomino and I to train each Mano Poderosa zombie how to block the intrusion of a Zombie … [Read more...]

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ZOMBIE MEX DIARIES 3.22.14 “PEARL – TOGETHER”

TOGETHER. In my dream I was running through an open desert, running for my life. Instead of my usual jeans and sweatshirt, I was wearing the dress my mother had sewn for me when I was sixteen. My … [Read more...]

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ZOMBIE MEX DIARIES 4.20.14 “LAZARO – MIND BLOCK 401″

MIND BLOCK 401. The next day I began working with Pearl and La Señora Falcón on developing their mind blocking skills. We met above ground at the quiet empty boathouse at Lincoln Park. Situated … [Read more...]

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ZOMBIE MEX DIARIES 4.13.14 “PEARL – MY MISSION”

“Mija, no te voy a mentir,” La Señora Falcón said gravely. “It’s a dangerous assignment.” The matronly woman settled her plump body into the seat across from me in what once had been a lab supply … [Read more...]

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RICKY LUV VIDEO “THESE ROSES FOR YOU”

Ricardo Lira Acuña is an author of three books of poetry and recently published a graphic novel, "The Realm." Ricardo offers Latinopia visitors a monthly video blog "Ricky Luv Video." Here is this … [Read more...]