Speculative Existence, continued
The panel discussion at Weekend of Words continued for another hour at Somos en escrito. Hear about Chicano scifi books, the use of Spanish in publishing, tejas, magical realism, heritages, and upcoming books by the writers. Panel included Ernest Hogan, Rios de la Luz, Rudy Ch. Garcia, Kathleen Alcalá and David Bowles and was moderated by Armando Rendon and Scott Duncan-Fernandez.
DAVID BOWLES is a Mexican-American author from south Texas, where he teaches at the University of Texas Río Grande Valley. He has written several titles, most notably The Smoking Mirror (Pura Belpré Honor Book) and They Call Me Güero (Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, Claudia Lewis Award for Excellence in Poetry, Pura Belpré Honor Book, Walter Dean Myers Honor Book).
His work has also been published in multiple anthologies, plus venues such as Asymptote, Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine, Metamorphoses, Rattle, Translation Review, and the Journal of Children’s Literature.
In 2017, David was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters.
ERNEST HOGAN is a recombocultural Chicano mutant, known for committing outrageous acts of science fiction, cartooning, and other questionable pursuits. He can’t help but be controversial. Everything he does offends or causes psychic harm. Rumor has it he’s doing it on purpose. Some people think he’s funny. Read on at your own risk . . . His novels are CORTEZ ON JUPITER, HIGH AZTECH, and SMOKING MIRROR BLUES. His short fiction has appeared in AMAZING STORIES, ANALOG, SCIENCE FICTION AGE, SEMIOTEXT(E)SF, SUPER STORIES OF HEROES & VILLAINS, WE SEE A DIFFERENT FRONTIER, and MOTHERSHIP: TALES FROM AFROFUTURISM AND BEYOND
RIOS DE LA LUZ, of El Paso, Texas, is the author of the novella, Itzá (Broken River Books) from which the excerpts are taken, and of the short story collection, The Pulse between Dimensions and the Desert (Ladybox Books). A "proud queer xicana and chapina" (Guatemalteca) as she says, her work has also appeared in Corporeal Clamor, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Entropy, Luna Luna Magazine, and St. Sucia.
RUDY CH. GARCIA's alternate-world fantasy novel, The Closet of Discarded Dreams, was honored by the International Latino Book Awards, in the SF/F genre. With a dozen speculative fiction published works--from his first magic realism detective story to a children's fable in Spanish--Garcia now follows Paolo Bacigalupi's advice, "Give up on the adults," and focuses on middle-grade and YA F/SF.
KATLEEN ALCALÁ is the author of “The Deepest Roots,” a work of speculative nonfiction on sustainability and island living. Her work has received the Governor’s Writers Award, the Western States Book Award, and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, among others. A graduate of the MFA Program at the University of New Orleans and the Clarion West Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshop, Kathleen teaches creative writing. She is editing an anthology on La Llorona, the Crying Woman of Mexican mythology, with Norma Elias Cantú. Her novel, “Spirits of the Ordinary” will be republished in 2021 by Raven Chronicles Press.
Somos en escrito editors Armando Rendón, Scott Duncan-Fernandez, and Jenny Irizary interview poet Ivan Argüelles on his life in Michigan and Mexico, family, libraries, Beat Poets and surrealism in his work.
Ivan Argüelles also performs his two poems "Pachuco" and "Olvidos de mi padre"
Ivan Argüelles is an American innovative poet whose work moves from early Beat and surrealist-influenced forms to later epic-length poems. He received the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award in 1989 as well as the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award in 2010. In 2013, Argüelles received the Before Columbus Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. For Argüelles the turning point came with his discovery of the poetry of Philip Lamantia. Argüelles writes, “Lamantia’s mad, Beat-tinged American idiom surrealism had a very strong impact on me. Both intellectual and uninhibited, this was the dose for me.” While Argüelles’s early writings were rooted in neo-Beat bohemianism, surrealism, and Chicano culture, in the nineties he developed longer, epic-length forms rooted in Pound’s Cantos and Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. He eventually returned, after the first decade of the new millennium, to shorter, often elegiac works exemplary of Romantic Modernism. Ars Poetica is a sequence of exquisitely-honed short poems that range widely, though many mourn the death of the poet’s celebrated brother, José.
Interview with Jesús J. Barquet