Thursday, August 25, 2005

Ricardo Falcon

Tribute and Commemoration Of Ricardo Falcon
1972 ~ 2005

Ricardo Falcon was an activist, student leader and organzing force in Colorado in the late 60s and early 70s. On August 30, 1972, he was killed on his way to the 1st National La Raza Unida Convention by a racist member of the Right-Wing American Independent Party. The killer was acquitted by an all-white jury and never spent a day in jail.

Saturday August 27, 2005
10:00 A.M. ~ Prayer at Hillside Cemetery (Ft. Lupton)
Caravan Procession ~ Brighton Recreation Center
(Shelters by the pond)
555 North 11th Avenue Brighton, Colorado
12:00 p.m. Open Ceremony Blessing ~ Grupo Tlaloc
1:00 p.m. Meal - Cost Donation

Speakers: Dr. Priscilla Falcon, Ricardo Romero, Dr. Rudy Chavez, Kiko Martinez, Louie Sandoval
Open Microphone
Entertainment: Grupo Tlaloc, Ballet De La Tierra, Latin Touch, DJ: Larry Moreno

Wednesday, August 24, 2005


The Chicano Humanities and Arts Council is celebrating twenty-five years of presenting the art and culture of the vibrant Chicano/Latino community of Denver and the surrounding areas. Stop by the gallery and immerse yourself in the most unique and popular Cultural Gallery in Denver
772 Santa Fe Drive Denver, CO 80204
Wednesday & Thursday 10:00 AM to 4:00 P.M.
Fridays 6:00 -10:00 P.M.
Saturdays 12:00-4:00 P.M.

Here's a lineup of current events and shows at CHAC:

Yolteotl - The Artist's Heart which merges with oneness
Featuring CHAC Artists: Meggan DeAnza, Teresa Duran, Landau, Arlette Lucero, Stevon Lucero
The opening reception is September 2, 2005 5-10pm
Show runs through September 10, 2005

2005 Chile Harvest Festival
Denver Botanic Gardens and the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council (CHAC) invite you to add a burst of flavor to your Fall at the 2005 Chile Harvest Festival.
Sept. 10 & 11 from 11am - 5pm. The Festival honors and celebrates Spanish - speaking cultures that have incorporated chile peppers into their lifestyles. Get the details!

Piojos y Cucarachas
Los Animales presents: Piojos y Cucarachas
Exhibiting Artists: Carlos Fresquez, Veronica Herrera, Josiah Lopez, Merlin Madrid, Alfredo Ortiz, Francisco Zamora
Exhibition runs: August 17th - 27th
Los Animales is the name of our grupo. We define ourselves as an art collective of contemporary Chicano artists addressing current issues and opening dialogue with the public through the arts. Our personal experiences and collaborations with one another inspire our work. Our goals are to define Chicano Art today and nurture its future.

We note the recent passing of Carlos Martinez, CHAC's own longtime member and former Director, and cultural activist. Contact CHAC 303-571-0440 for any scheduled memorials and information.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Olmos Directs "Walkout"

On a recent hot Sunday afternoon, a thousand people swarmed the steps of Los Angeles City Hall, chanting "Chicano power!" and carrying hand-lettered signs reading "Viva la raza" and "Viva la causa." Among them were militant Black Panthers and Brown Berets.

They were re-enacting a piece of Los Angeles history - one that, at the time, news accounts underreported and now school texts barely acknowledge - for director Edward James Olmos' HBO film Walkout.

The film, airing next year, aims to capture the frustration, the anger and, ultimately, the burst of brown power that gave rise to and followed the 1968 Chicano student walkouts. And while it looks at the past, it may draw attention to the present and future regarding the continuing high dropout rate and other problems plaguing Latino students today.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Southwest Book Awards - Virginia Kirkus Literary Award

Southwest Book Awards

The Border Regional Library Association is soliciting nominations for its 35th annual Southwest Book Awards competition.To be eligible for an award, materials submitted must:
Be about the Southwest (West Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and northern Mexico).
Appear in book or non-print format for the first time.
Have been published between Aug. 1, 2004, and July 31, 2005.
Be of high quality.

The association considers books, scholarly works, original video and audio materials.The deadline to submit nominations, which must include the official publication date, is Sept. 30.

Mail materials to:
BRLA Southwest Book Awards, c/o Lisa Weber, 500 University, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX 79968-0582.
Information: Claudia Rivers,; or Lisa Weber,

Virginia Kirkus Literary Award
The winner of the first Virginia Kirkus Literary Award will be awarded a standard publishing contract with Back Bay, the trade paperback imprint of Time Warner's Little, Brown. The book will be published in the 2006 season.Unpublished fiction authors may submit their manuscripts of 150 pages or more to The Virginia Kirkus Literary Award, 770 Broadway, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10003.The deadline is Nov. 1. A $150 submission fee and completed registration form are required.


Saturday, August 13, 2005

One More New Mexican Award Winner

Denise Chávez recognized: Las Cruces writer and educator Denise Chávez will receive this year's Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. Chávez is the author of a collection of short stories, The Last of the Menu Girls, and two novels, Loving Pedro Infante and Face of an Angel, which won the American Book Award in 1995. Her work focuses on border issues, Chicano culture and women in contemporary society.The award will be presented at the Santa Barbara Book & Author Festival on Sept. 24. Previous winners were Oscar Hijuelos and Rudolfo Anaya.

So Many Books ...

The Rocky Mountain News (August 13, 2005) reports that reports that there are 83,000 U.S. publishers with at least one book in circulation, and that in 2004, 195,000 new titles were published in the U.S., up from 114,000 a decade earlier. Sheesh. Who says books are a thing of the past?

Monday, August 08, 2005

New Mexico and Literary Awards

Premio Aztlán

Patricia and Rudolfo Anaya
The Premio Aztlán Literary Prize is a national literary award, established to encourage and reward
emerging Chicana and Chicano authors. Renowned author, Rudolfo Anaya and his wife, Patricia,
founded Premio Aztlan in 1993, and the prize was reestablished in their honor in 2004 by the
University of New Mexico Libraries.

A prize of $1,000 will be given to a Chicana or Chicano writer for a work of fiction published in the 2005 calendar year. Authors who have published no more than two books are eligible for the prize.

Recipients are required to be present at the award ceremony and give a public lecture at the University of New Mexico in April 2006. Five copies of the book must be submitted by December 31, 2005. For more detail, go to the premio website.

Critica Nueva Award

Yet another award established by Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya. This one recognizes the foremost scholars in Chicano literary theory and criticism. The award, which carries a monetary stipend, is administered by the University of New Mexico libraries.

The following is taken from Campus News and Events (June 6, 2005) on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville site:

Dr. Felipe de Ortego y Gasca, language and literature lecturer at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, has been selected to receive the 2005 Critica Nueva Award. He was chosen to receive the award for his influential contributions to Chicano literature and critical theory.

In addition to teaching English at A&M-Kingsville, Ortego is professor emeritus of English at Texas State University System-Sul Ross State. He teaches an upper division course in Chicano Literature at A&M Kingsville.

Ortego was the first Mexican American to earn a doctorate in English from the University of New Mexico. While he was a teaching fellow completing his dissertation, he taught the first course in Mexican American literature. In 1971, he completed his dissertation on Backgrounds in Mexican American Literature, the first study in the field, and has since earned a reputation as founder of Chicano literary history.

He retired in 1999 after 35 years in academia, but at 79, still maintains an interest in Chicano literature. Ortego recently completed an entry on “Chicano Poetry” for the Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poetry. His piece on “Mexicans and Mexican Americans: Prolegomenon to Literary Perspective,” appears in the spring 2005 issue of The Journal of South Texas.

His paper on “Hispanic Heritage Month” appears in the 2005 Oxford Encyclopedia on Latinos and Latinas in the United States and he is working on “Origins and Development of Tejano Literature” for a Texas anthology.

American Book Award/Before Columbus Foundation

The following is from the New Mexico Business Weekly (July 21, 2005):

Albuquerque-area author Ralph Flores has won an award from an organization that focuses attention on multicultural diversity in American writing.

Flores' The Horse in the Kitchen: Stories of a Mexican-American Family was picked as one of the winners of the 2005 American Book Award by the Oakland, Calif.-based Before Columbus Foundation, according to a release from the University of New Mexico Press, which published the book.

Flores lives in Tomé, located south of Albuquerque. He teaches at Albuquerque's Technical Vocational Institute.

The American Book Awards, in its 26th year, honors outstanding literary achievement by contemporary American authors.

The Horse in the Kitchen chronicles the life of Rafael and his family in the village of San Cristóbal in northern Sonora, Mexico, UNM Press says. "His father, the village comisario, owns a bar, a pool hall, and a grocery store. Rafael's interaction with the vaqueros and engagement in local customs provide adventures and life lessons, and some of the boy's earliest memories include the commandeering of horses for Pancho Villa's army," the release says. "When Rafael's family loses their life savings in the revolution, they immigrate to Arizona, where life north of the border is a challenge."

The Horse in the Kitchen book was a finalist for the Premio Aztlán Literary Prize for excellence in Chicano literature and was named a Southwest Book of the Year by the Tucson-Pima Public Library.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Ed Bryant Celebrates 60 Years

Westside Books announces that on August 17 at 7:00 PM it will host a Stories For All Seasons with prolific and celebrated author Edward Bryant, as he celebrates his 60th birthday. As is only right for an author, Ed will read new fiction. Admission and refreshments are free.

Ed is a multiple winner of the Nebula Award, has published more than a dozen books, including Cinnabar, Wyoming Sun, and (written in collaboration with Harlan Ellison) Phoenix Without Ashes. He has written hundreds of short stories and articles, as well as reviewing extensively for Locus Magazine and Talebones. His stories have been adapted for CBS's The Twilight Zone and Lifetime's The Empty Room.

Ed is an entertaining and knowledgeable speaker and can spark up any conversation.

Westside Books is located at 3434 W 32nd Ave, Denver - 303-480-0220

Monday, August 01, 2005

Park to be renamed for César Chávez

The Denver Post, July 26, 2005, by Annette Espinoza

Cesar Chavez's birthday became an official city holiday in 2002.

Since then, a federal building in the Auraria neighborhood has been named for the late civil-rights activist and farm-labor leader. And next month (August 13), a small park in north Denver will be dedicated in his honor.

"It couldn't go to a more deserving person in the country. He was a wonderful man," said Paul Sandoval, whose homemade-tamale business, La Casita, is a block north of the park.

A chain-link fence surrounds the 2.9-acre park at 41st Avenue and Tennyson Street, often referred to as Alcott Park by neighborhood residents. It is on the grounds of the former Alcott School, which sat empty after 84 years of use before being destroyed by fire in 1976.

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