THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: LATINO SCIENCE FICTION, FANNY GARCIA, ARNIE AND PORFI CUCARACHAS, HARRY GAMBOA JR., ANGELA ORTIZ AND ZOMBIES AT AMBOY, CALIFORNIA!
Que Hubo, what up, and whas happenin’ from your Tia Tenopia. This week an important event is taking place at the University of California at Riverside–what is arguably the first conference on Latino Science Fiction in the United States. The all day event will include a morning panel of Latino AND Latina science fiction and fantasy writers talking about their work and the future as envisioned by Latino writers. An afternoon panel will look at the future of films, television and internet science fiction productions by Latinos.
And what does Latino science fiction literature look like? This week we post interviews with two Latino science fiction writers, Dan Ch. Garcia reading from his parallel universe novel “The Closet of Discarded Dreams,” and Ernesto “Ernie” Hogan talking about his futuristic novel “High Aztech.” Check out these forward thinking vatos. Latinopia will be documenting the panel and will be posting excerpts in weeks to come.
Also this week, there is a two day conference on the works of Chicano author Rudy Anaya to be held at California State University at Los Angeles. This is a landmark event with people coming from as far away as Germany to present papers on Rudy and his works. To this end we are reposting our interview with Rudy Anaya on his classic work “Bless Me Ultima” as well as his acceptance speech on winning the Los Angeles Times Robert Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award.
In this week’s blogs Fanny Garcia returns with her Who You Talkin’ To Fanny? This week she profiles Argentine American and Iraq veteran Ivan Krimker. Ivan’s story is emblematic of the struggles immigrants face in trying to contribute to our society. Check out this interview!
Also this week, wordsmith Harry Gamboa Jr. returns with an original poem., “Annihilate.” We warn you a somber but provocative look at genocide in the modern age.
Sergio Hernández returns with the Arnie and Porfi cartoon strip, this time the boys are taking on Cucarachas! Angela Ortiz has a new photo for us in Angela’s Photo of the Week. This week it’s titled “Painted Sky.” And this week Pearl Gonzalez goes undercover to find out the mysteries of the Oñate zombie compound at Amboy, California.
Enjoy this week on Latinopia!