Hola Mis Queridos! Dan Guerrero is back! Yes, our media, entertainment and cultura blogger has returned from New York, so check out his bloga and find out all about his aventuras! And speaking of adventuras, check out Latinopia’s on-going report on the Librotraficante Banned Book Caravan. Latinopia’s own Jesús Treviño embedded himself on the caravan for a good portion of the trip from Houston to Tucson and, with the help of blogger Michael Sedano (labloga.blogspot.com ), was able to capture the spirit of the expedition and the amazing poetry readings along the way. Check out the 2012 Libreotraficantes 2 report, the second in an on-going series!
Also this week, we feature El Paso poets Richard Yañez and Vincent Emery Jr. reading the works of one of the authors banned by the Tucson Unified School District. I’m talking about Pulitzer Prize nominee Luis Alberto Urrea’s poem, “Hymn To Vatos Who Will Never Be in a Poem.” Scope out the reading of this pesao poem as read by Ricardo y el Vince!
Hay, esta semana llena de literary events! Ojo! While the Tucson Unified School District is busy banning and censoring our books, Governor Jerry Brown has named Chicano poet Juan Felipe Herrera as the Poet Laureate of the state of California! And in San Antonio, Mayor Julian Castro has named multi-talented Chicana poet, author, playwright and actress Carmen Tafaolla as the first Poet Laureate of San Antonio! Your Tia Tenopia sends out kudos to both of these pioneering and gifted poets.
And last but not least, this week we feature the first of our political book review. This is a review of Dr. Armando Navarro’s economic blockbuster, “Capitalist Global Crisis,” reviewed by Dr. José Calderon, Profesor Emeritus of Sociology, Pitzer College. Your Tia doesn’t pretend to be able to figure out all the wheres and whys and hows of this brainy book, but she’s happy that there are Chicano scholars out there who can analyze all the economics and politics of our world order and make some sense of it–hay, pues!
Enjoy this week’s postings and hey, what do you think of my new look with my new Barrio Dog baseball cap?
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