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Next Sunday, January 14, I'll be reading with other amazing writers for "Writers Resist Los Angeles," addressing the issue of climate change. Goes from 1 to 4 pm at Beyond Baroque Literary Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. Other writers include Viet Thanh Nguyen, Suzanne Lummis, Marsha de la O, David Ulin, Lynne Thompson, and more. Please come.
Yesterday, Tia Chucha's youth program, The Young Warriors, held an award ceremony and dinner with youth, parents, mentors, and Tia Chucha staff at the Odyssey Restaurant in Granada Hills. What a tear-filled night it was. YW has been around 10 years, founded by then 16-year-old Mayra Zaragoza. Tia Chucha's offered them a home, mentorship, and as much resources as possible. Funders this coming year include Friends of the Family, Arts for Justice Fund, and the Diane Middleton Foundation. Thank you Mayra and the Young Warriors. Luis and Trini Rodriguez, Tia Chucha's founders, gave the blessing. Their oldest son Ramiro (one of the mentors) sang a Nahuatl song.
A great update on what's been happening with Luis J. Rodriguez the past few months is now on "Tribe LA" online magazine. It includes a slider at the end with four new and amazing Tia Chucha Press books--books you'd want to buy as gifts. And there's also a call for donations to the nonprofit Tia Chucha's Cultural Center & Bookstore before the year ends: http://tribelamagazine.com/luis-rodriguezs-post-laureate-u…/
This weekend, Luis J. Rodriguez will be in Seattle WA. On Friday at 6 pm, he's keynoting a packed event on "Someday We'll All Be Free" at the Seattle Public Library. On Saturday, he's at St. Peter's Episcopal Parish to speak at the film showing of "Voices Beyond the Wall" and presenting the new Tia Chucha Press book "Counting Time Like People Count Stars: Poems from the Girls of Our Little Roses, San Pedro Sula, Honduras." Luis and wife Trini spent a month last year in Honduras and helped pull this book together, edited by Spencer Reece. Here's flyer for the latter.
I was honored to be part of Gary Alvarez's Persistence of Sound at Espacio 1839 in Boyle Heights this past Tuesday. Here's the show we did: https://www.mixcloud.com/gary-…/persistence-of-sound-vol-96/
Please join me next Saturday, Nov. 18, as Vroman's Bookstore honors me with a Walk of Fame hand print and celebration in Pasadena. Lynell George will lead a dialogue between us. At noon: https://www.facebook.com/events/1828166647200704/
Tia Chucha Press has released a new book edited by poet Spencer Reece with the words of abandoned girls in Honduras. Please order today--great for the holidays: https://tia-chuchas.myshopify.com/…/counting-time-like-peop…
This Saturday with poetry and music, Luis J. Rodriguez will be part of an amazing event celebrating Japanese and Xicanx/Mexican cultures at the Japanese American National Museum. It's free. Please come.
Tomorrow, Saturday, October 7, Luis J. Rodriguez is doing a reading at East Los Angeles County Library on 3rd Street and Mednik at 2 pm. Then at 6 pm he's at Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural's annual Gala celebrating 16 years across from Olvera Street Plazita downtown. Flyer attached. Please come by and say hola at one and/or the other event.
A book for anyone who's worked with prisoners, gang members, troubled youth, and in recovery. Tia Chucha Press is proud to present "From Trouble to Triumph: True Stories of Redemption from Drugs, Gangs, and Prison" by Alisha M. Rosas. It tells the stories of six former prisoners, drug addicts, and gang members who turned their life around, and are now helping others. Includes the world renowned Ink Master Freddy Negrete, but also homies of mine from my old barrio. Truly inspiring: http://www.nupress.northwestern.edu/content/trouble-triumph
Mass meeting this Tuesday evening for the New Poor People's Campaign with the Reverend William Barber and others, including myself and Trini: https://www.facebook.com/events/353154301794405/
Tia Chucha Press is coming out with great books this year. After coming out with the powerful "The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States" in the spring, we now have "From Trouble to Triumph: True Stories of Redemption from Drugs, Gangs & Prison." People have asked me across the country but also in other parts of the world about my barrio Las Lomas and the people in it. This book updates all that with the stories of five men from my barrio, former heroi...n addicts and prisoners, who changed their lives later in life and are now helping others. It also has the story of a so-called enemy from Sangra, who became a world renown tattoo artist and my friend. In October, we publish "Counting Time Like People Count Stars: Poems from the Girls of Our Little Roses, San Pedro Sula, Honduras." Trini and I spent a month at a home for abandoned girls in Honduras last November. This book features some of their work and powerful essays by Spencer Reese, Marie Howe, Richard Blanco, and myself. For now here's URL for "From Trouble to Triumph" (please order any or all these books for the Holidays): http://www.nupress.northwestern.edu/content/trouble-triumph
Listen to podcast "Soul of California" featuring poet and activist Luis J. Rodriguez: http://thesoulofcalifornia.libsyn.com/luis-rodriguez-angry-…
For anyone who hasn't already heard these podcasts by Trini and Luis J. Rodriguez, here's link to all five on iTunes: http://hummingbirdcricket.libsyn.com/
May 20 & 21st is Litfest Pasadena 2017, two days of #free book and author events in the Pasadena Playhouse District, including this one on Saturday, May 20 from 11:15am-12:30pm at the Sculpture Plaza – The Stand (36 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena 91101)
Writing Indigenous California from Island of the Blue Dolphins to An American Genocide
This panel will begin the discussion of the California Indian experience from Island of the Blue Dolphins to An American Genocide: The United S...tates and the California Indian Catastrophe. How have Indigenous peoples of California have been portrayed, written about, codified and dispersed, and how have California authors/publishers, white and Indigenous, portrayed and written about this population for whatever reason/purposed? Panelists will look at what has survived intrepid settlers and cowboys, and how Indigenous nations are currently reclaiming tradition, culture and ceremony through stories, narrative, poems, gatherings and centers.
Featuring: Luis Javier Rodriguez (Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, Founding Editor of Tia Chucha Press), Rose Davis (Founder & Editor of Indian Voices), Mark Villasenor (Tribal Secretary,
Ferenadeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians) & Shonda Buchanan (Literary Editor of Harriet Tubman Press), Moderator.
For more info, visit our website: http://litfestpasadena.org/
RSVP and invite your friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/1335179453236825/
Tia Chucha Press with Beyond Baroque are holding the important book release of "The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the U.S." Please spread the word.