Host Armando Rendon and Assistant Editor Scott Russell Duncan, speak with Sci-fi writer Frank Lechuga on his work and Latino Sci-fi.
Frank S. Lechuga, born in Los Angeles, California, is a veteran of the early Chicano Movement. As a young man he attended the historic Crusade for Justice’s National Youth Conference in Denver, Colorado, in 1969 and participated in numerous demonstrations throughout the early ‘70s. One of the student-founders of the Chicano/a Studies Department at California State University, Northridge, he has also been an English teacher and university counselor. Frank studied Hwarang Do, the martial art that figures centrally in his sci-fi novel, LOM, under his brother, Master Instructor Jesse Lechuga, who still teaches martial arts.
Host Armando Rendon discusses Chicano Renaissance past and present, the Mexican American presence, and Chicano publishing with the first Chicano scholar of Chicano literary criticism, Felipe Ortego y Gasca.
Felipe de Ortego y Gasca (1926-2018) was Scholar in Residence (Cultural Studies, Critical Theory and Public Policy, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English, Texas State University System—Sul Ross. Felipe is especially recognized as the earliest proponent of what he called, The Chicano Renaissance, based on his seminal studies of Chicano literature.
Host Armando Rendon discuss Latino publishing and writing with the poet Lucha Corpi and the writer Rosa Martha Villarreal.
Lucha Corpi, Born in México, Lucha Corpi came to Berkeley as a student wife in 1964. She is the author of two collections of poetry, two bilingual children’s books, six novels, four of which feature Chicana detective Gloria Damasco, and her latest, Confessions of a Book Burner: Personal Essays and Stories issued in 2014. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts, an Oakland Cultural Arts fellowship, and thePEN-Oakland Josephine Miles and Multicultural Publishers Exchange Literary Award. A retired teacher, she resides in Oakland, California.
Rosa Martha Villarreal, a Chicana novelist and essayist, is a descendant of the 16th century Spanish and Tlaxcatecan settlers of Nuevo Leon. She drew upon her family history in her critically acclaimed novels Doctor Magdalena, Chronicles of Air and Dreams: A Novel of Mexico, and The Stillness of Love and Exile, the latter a recipient of the Josephine Miles PEN Literary Award and a Silver Medalist in the Independent Publishers Book Award (2008). She currently writes a column, “Tertullian’s Corner,” for the Latino literary magazine “Somos en Escrito.” She lives near Sacramento, California.