THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: LATINOS AND THE AMERICAN LITERARY CANON: CARMEN TAFOLLA, SERGIO TRONCOSO AND DAVID BOWLES SPEAK OUT! ALSO, MIS PENSAMIENTOS with ALFREDO SANTOS OF LA VOZ, AND RICHARD MONTOYA ON “WHAT IS THE GREATEST CHICANO POEM?”
Hola mi gente! This week we have a Latinopia special: three outstanding Latino authors share their view on the American literary canon and why Latinos have been overlooked. For those of you who don’t know, the American literary canon are those authors and works that have gained national and international recognition and are considered the very best of American writings. These are familiar name such as Herman Melville, Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, etc. And yet, Latinos remain largely unrecognized in spite of their accomplishments. Is the system rigged? What’s going on here? Check out these Latinopia video interviews with three awesome Latino writers who reflect on the American canon, why Latinos have been overlooked, and what can be done about it.
And while we’re talking about what makes for a great literature, check out Richard Montoya’s insightful remembrance of when his father poet and artist José Montoya met Nuyorican poet Miguel Piñero and they discussed the question of what is the best Chicano poem ever written?
Also this week, our regular blogger Alfredo Santos returns with his monthly La Voz magazine blog. Be sure to check out the link to the magazine to read the entire issue, it’s free and on-line: http://www.lavoznewspapers.com/la_voz_de_austin.html
Enjoy your week on Latinopia!