Congratulations to Amalia Ortiz for winning the American Book Award in Oral Literature for her book, The Canción Cannibal Cabaret & Other Songs!
Kudos to Aztlan Libre Press, the awardee's publisher, and our sister publishing house for Latino literature, based in San Antonio. Purchase the book from them here.
To read an excerpt published by Somos en escrito in July 2019,
Click here or on the video below to hear the author's acceptance speech (at around 1:20) during the Before Columbus Foundation's 41st Annual American Book Awards.
Writers of Somos en escrito
Check out the video of LitCrawl SF 2020 featuring Lucha Corpi and Ivan Argüelles hosted by senior editor Scott Duncan-Fernandez with a Q&A with our executive editor Armando Rendon afterwards. Apologies to Fernando Andres Torres for the technical problems.
As part of Litcrawl SF 2020, Somos en escrito presents three poets and storytellers featured in Somos en escrito that mix the personal and political and exhibit the best in Latina/o/x writing. Featuring Lucha Corpi, Ivan Argüelles and Fernando Andres Torres.
Saturday, October 24, 2020
6:15 - 6:45 p.m. PDT
Details on how to watch the reading here
Invite friends to the event on Facebook
Join the Q&A afterwards at 6:55p.m. here
Ivan Argüelles is a Mexican-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.
Lucha Corpi, an internationally recognized poet, novelist and children's book writer, is the author of the Gloria Damasco Mystery series, which includes Eulogy for a Brown Angel (1992), Cactus Blood (1995), and Death at Solstice (2009). Her first poetry collection, Palabras de mediodía/Noon Words, was reissued by Arte Público Press in 2001. The recipient of numerous awards and citations, she taught in the Oakland Public Schools Neighborhood Centers Program for more than 30 years.
Fernando Andres Torres is a short-story writer, poet, and musician. A graduate journalist of San Francisco State University, he contributes to various Bay Area media. He is associate editor and U.S. correspondent for the web magazine Dilemas.cl. and editor of the blog LatinOpen.wordpress.com. Under the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, Torres joined the Chilean resistance and in 1975 was arrested by the regime's secret police. In prison, he recited poetry and hand-wrote messages with quotes about optimism and hope to pass among fellow prisoners. Torres is a member of the ExposeFacts Advisory Board, member of the Review Panel of the Intrepid News Fund. As a composer and musician, he has worked with various groups of Latin American music and shared the stage with American artists like Pete Seeger and Holly Near.
Deadline now is October 31st!
At a time when weird, abnormal, spacey, bizarre, creepy become everyday words to describe the world, writers are even more challenged to tell a really far-out story. In this extra bizarro realdom, the Somos en escrito Extra-Fiction Contest challenges all submitters to go the extra step.
BEYOND THE USUAL
Any unpublished fiction that conveys this extra element is eligible. That means any genre, Spec-Lit, Horror, Sci-fi, Experimental, Magic Realism, Fantasy, Abstract, Slipstream, etc. We seek manuscripts from writers of Indigenous, Mexican, Chicano, Puerto Rican, other Caribbean, Central or South American origin born or living in the U.S.
Our judge is Ernest Hogan, Father of Chicano Sci-fi and author of Cortez on Jupiter, High Aztech, and Smoking Mirror Blues.
First prize is $100.
Second and Third Place and two honorary finalists will earn publication and will receive a book donated to Somos en escrito from noted Latino authors.
"El Parbulito" by Gloria Delgado
"A Story of the Fourth Crusade" by Rosa Martha Villarreal
Excerpt from When Corn People Wage War by Tania Romero
(read them here)
“Fatherly, dragonly, motherly . . . love, luck and touch” Rudy Ch. García
“The Archivist” Ricardo Tavarez
"Sessions In Augmented Reality" Nicholas Belardes TO SUBMITEmail to email@example.com with “Extra-Fiction 2020” in the Subject Box.
Please format manuscripts in Word format, as .docx or .doc attachments, single-spaced and in 12-point Times New Roman font. Place your name and email address in the upper left hand corner of the first page, and submit a short bio including ethnic background along with an author’s photo in .jpeg format.
We look forward to an even more exciting contest than the previous two years. Good luck to all writers.
—The Editors of Somos en escrito Magazine
Celebrate Latinx/La Raza Heritage Month with Poetry
Please join us at our 7pm Wednesday Oct. 7 reading, as we celebrate Latinx/La Raza Heritage Month, featuring Berkeley Poet Laureate Rafael Jesús González and KPFA talk show host, Nina Serrano. Hosts are Nanette Deetz and Cathy Dana. Following features is our "famously friendly" open mic. Please RSVP to sign up.
peace, passion, poetry, and virtual hugs,
President, Alameda Island Poets
Bios and photos below. Zoom link at the bottom.
Rafael Jesús González, Prof. Emeritus of literature and creative writing, was born and raised biculturally/bilingually in El Paso, Texas/Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, and taught at University of Oregon, Western State College of Colorado, Central Washington State University, University of Texas El Paso (Visiting Professor of Philosophy), and Laney College, Oakland, California where he founded the Dept. of Mexican & Latin-American Studies. Also visual artist, he has exhibited in the Oakland Museum of California, the Mexican Museum of San Francisco, and others in the U.S. and Mexico. Nominated thrice for a Pushcart prize, he was honored by the National Council of Teachers of English and Annenberg CPB for his writing in 2003. In 2013 he received a César E. Chávez Lifetime Award and was honored by the City of Berkeley with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th Annual Berkeley Poetry Festival 2015. He was named the first Poet Laureate of Berkeley in 2017. Visit <http://rjgonzalez.blogspot.com/>
About Nina Serrano: Nina Serrano is a well-known, international prize-winning
inspirational author and poet. With a focus on Latino history and culture, she is also a playwright, filmmaker, KPFA talk show host, a former Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Oakland Magazine’s “best local poet” in 2010, she is a former director of the San Francisco Poetry in the Schools program and the Bay Area’s Storytellers in the Schools program. A Latina activist for social justice, women’s rights, and the arts, Nina Serrano at 85 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity.
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