THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: JUAN FELÍPE HERRERA, THE NEW POET LAUREATE OF THE UNITED STATES, READS HIS POEMS, JULIE CARMEN ON DAWN PATROL, GRONK ON THE MORATORIUM MURAL, DON FELÍPE ON LANGUAGE AND WRITING AND ANGELA ORTIZ’S VIEWS OF DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES.
Hola Latinopians! Your Tia Tenopia is bursting with pride about Juan Felípe Herrera being named by the Library of Congress as the new poet laureate of the United States of America! What an awesome and muchly deserved honor! Juan is the first Latino to be named poet laureate since the position was created in 1986 and Latinopia congratulates him and all the poets whom he represents.
Also this week, director Daniel Petri’s movie Dawn Patrol was released in theaters nationally and Latinopia is happy to present an interview with one of the stars ,Julie Carmen. Julie gives us a unique take on the film and on what attracted her to the role of Laura Rivera. Go to your local theater and check out this important film!
And don’t miss the thoughtful comments of acclaimed Chicano artist Gronk as he explains how he and Willie Herron, came to paint one of the most recognized murals in East Los Angfeles, the “Black and White Mural” which is also known as “The Moratorium Mural.” You’ll recall that Gronk and Willie Herron, along with Harry Gamboa, Jr., and Patssi Valdez were co-founders of the celebrated art collective ASCO.
Don Felípe returns with his monthly blog, “Bravo Road.” This week he takes an in-depth look at human language and how it morphed into writing and how that evolution continues to the present.
As always Angela Ortiz brings us another visual treat, this time it is several unique images of downtown Los Angeles.
Enjoy your week on Latinopia!