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Hey ya'll I'm super excited to be featured at this event produced by La Sala, as part of ArtsCrush taking place Wednesday October 12th at Bellevue Arts Museum!
Hope to see you there!
LIT TWICE/LUMINADO DOS VECES
An ArtsCrush Featured Literary Event at Bellevue Arts Museum
(Seattle, WA – September 19, 2011) On Wednesday, October 12, 5:30 - 8pm, La Sala and Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) are hosting a reading of new literary creations inspired by the objects of adornment in BAM’s groundbreaking exhibition Think Twice: New Latin American Jewelry. Don’t miss this exciting fusion of literary and visual art!
Think Twice (through October 16 at BAM) brings together more than 130 works by over 90 artists from 25 countries. Think Twice is the largest collection of contemporary Latin American jewelry to be seen in the United States and BAM is the only museum in the Northwest to showcase this fascinating exhibition.
Lit Twice/Luminado dos Veces is a response to this unprecedented collection of artwork.
Local writers Nilki Benitez, Catalina M. Cantú, Felicia Gonzalez, Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Donna Miscolta, Maria De Lourdes Victoria and Rita Wirkala were given three images from Think Twice to use as inspiration for two new literary works of art.
Lit Twice is recipient of a grant via a unique partnership between Arts Crush and Amazon.com that was given to foster new writing and new writers/authors. The seven writers are a thrilling group of established and emerging literary artists. This exciting Arts Crush Featured Event builds community, invites collaboration, and celebrates creativity.
La Sala is a collective formed to coalesce and mobilize the growing Latino/Latina arts community of the Seattle/Bellevue area. Bellevue Arts Museum is the Pacific Northwest’s center for the exploration of art, craft and design. Arts Crush is a month-long festival that connects artists and audiences with invigorating new experiences at hundreds of events across the region.
Come early for a docent tour, music, and wine and appetizers. Enjoy bilingual interpretations exploring this mesmerizing exhibit.
Schedule: *** 5:30 pm Docent Tour of Think Twice: New Latin American Jewelry *** 6:30 pm Reception with music by Miho & Diego Duo *** 7:00-8:00 pm Literary Readings
About the Participating Writers:
Nilki Benitez is an Acentos Poetry Foundation Fellow of Colombian heritage. She is a poet and journalist whose work has appeared in several online and print media. Her poetry is art as a weapon for social and environmental justice.
Catalina M. Cantú of Mexican/Madeiran heritage writes essays, poetry, and prose, inspired by her experiences in social justice, domestic relationships, and economic survival. She formerly chaired Los Norteños Northwest Latino Writers Group. She is now writing a young adult adventure series. Add a Comment
I'm super thrilled to be sharing with you today a guest post on "Writing" by author Michael Hogan.
Today is Day One of the author's virtual book tour of The Irish Soldiers of Mexico presented by Condor Book Tours. Make sure you check out the rest of the book tour schedule after the post so you can follow along with the book tour.
It comes from doing and doing.—Charles Bukowski.
It may well be that genius consists in something ordinary people
never guess at—obstinate persistence.—Stendhal
Few readers would guess that a street poet like Bukowski would have much in common with a classic author such as Stendhal but they would be mistaken. Both were widely read, both were persistent, both had highly disciplined writing habits, both persisted even when their talent was not recognized, both loved classical music, and both were widely appreciated in German even though neither lived there (Bukowski lived in L.A. and Stendhal in Paris). But it is the wide reading, the persistence and the disciplined writing habits that I would like to talk about today.
Aldous Huxley once wrote that there is “no great writing without great reading.” Most successful writers tend to agree. Stephen King, for example, an author appealing to a middle brow audience nevertheless has many allusions to history, contemporary literature, poetry and even Shakespeare in his work. He is someone who reads widely and enthusiastically. A love of language permeates his work. Successful poets such as W.S. Merwin, the Poet Laureate of the United States read the classics. Merwin also reads poetry in French and Spanish, as well as his American contemporaries just to “see what they’re up to.” He also reads biographies, histories, and science. Sometimes we get so involved with our own work and then the marketing of it that we forget this important factor. We need to re-charge the mind, we need to fill up the vocabulary basin, and widen our vision through the eyes of others. We need to read a little bit each day and then more widely on week
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On the eve of Mexican-American War of 1848, a group of recently arrived Irish immigrants deserted the U.S. army and joined the Mexican army as the Saint Patrick's Battalion. This excellent study explores the motivations of the Irishmen, their valiant contributions to the Mexican cause, and the consequences for them when they were ultimately captured.
The Irish Soldiers of Mexico sold out four editions in English and two editions in Spanish from 1997 to 2001. It has been the basis of an MGM feature film starring Tom Berenger, two documentaries and has also been used in many history classes both in the United States and abroad. As Michael Hogan rightly points out in his introduction, American textbooks scarcely devote attention to this war. "Coverage," he writes, "generally consists of a two or three page section entitled Westward Expansion or Manifest Destiny."
The book is now available (Kindle & traditional) for the first time from Amazon.
Michael Hogan lives in Colonia Providencia, Guadalajara, Mexico, with his wife Lucinda Mayo, the internationally known fabric artist. Born in Newport, Rhode Island in 1943, he is the author of sixteen books, including a collection of short stories, six books of poetry, collected essays on teaching in Latin America, a novel, and a history of the Irish battalion in Mexico which formed the basis for an MGM movie starring Tom Berenger. His work has appeared in many journals such as the Paris Review, the Harvard Review, Z-Magazine, Political Affairs and the Monthly Review. He is a consultant to the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Overseas Schools in Latin America. As an author he has received wide recognition for his work, including a PEN Award, two Pushcart Prizes, an NEA fellowship, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the gold medal of the Mexican Geographical Society.
Panel: 7/24 at 2PM
In the Bullitt Cabaret at ACT Theatre, 700 Union Street, Downtown Seattle
$5 General Admission
$15 Festival Pass
Includes the opportunity to meet the writers!
Ticket Office: (206) 292-7676
700 Union Street, Seattle WA 98101 www.acttheatre.org
The Hansberry Project, in a joint venture with eSe Teatro, SIS Productions and Pratidhwani, will host Represent!: A Multicultural Playwrights' Festival July 19-24.
The festival will feature staged readings of 3 new full-length plays, an evening dedicated specifically to showcasing the work of six very talented local writers and a panel about the role of ethnically specific theatres in the development of new work.
According to Hansberry Artistic Director, Valerie Curtis-Newton:
We have always been clear that the work of the playwright is central to all that we do. They are theatre’s true generative artists. Their vision, passion and craft call the rest of us to the process.
"The Hansberry Project is committed to doing whatever we can do to support them. Last, year, we took a huge step forward -- commissioning our first play. This year, we are showing support for playwrights by hosting our first new play festival. eSe Teatro, SIS Productions and Pratidwhani have accepted our invitation to join us in making a space for playwrights of color to be heard. We’re very excited by the energy that is being generated by this new collaboration. Our hope is that REPRESENT! will become an annual event. ”
A local writers’ showcase kicks off the week. The playwrights whose work will be included are: LaChris Jordan, Reginald A. Jackson, Danielle Villegas, Lonnie Tristan Renteria, Kathy Hsieh and Maggie Lee.
The heart of REPRESENT! is a series of full length readings by some of the most exciting playwrights on the national scene. The selected plays are:
THE FINAL DAYS OF NEGROVILLE by Keith Josef Adkins
directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton
Built largely on the success of its Black middle class inhabitants (doctors, lawyers, school administrators), Negroville is fraught with dysfunction – loneliness, infidelity, and a loss of history. Over the course of a single day, the town’s well-educated African-American mayor, Cornell Gates, is caught in a series of events that challenge the truth about the town’s history and forever change the future for this set of middle class African-Americans. Presented by The Hansberry Project. THE LAND OF CORN AND POWER by Joann Farias
directed by Arlene Martinez-Vickers
Jeff, second generation Mexican-American, gives up his Law degree for Anthropology and a
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More than 80 schools, libraries, organizations and facilities around the U.S. have implemented the curriculum along with the books to support their at-risk youth communities.
Robert Renteria, author, CEO, philanthropist
Mi Barrio, a graphic novel (comic book) adaptation of From the Barrio to the Board Room was written to support elementary level students and other readers who will benefit from the message but who might not be able to access the 7th grade reading level of the full book.
*Both books are available in English and Spanish.
I'm proud to be hosting Mi Barrio thru Condor Book Tours. Please visit Condor for more information regarding the books, author Robert Renteria & to see how Condor supports community thru literacy.
Check out the rest of the Virtual Book Tour schedule below the media player!
click on the play button on the player to hear the interview with Robert Renteria
Want to talk more about the issues raised in the interview? Please Join us for an author livechat with Robert Renteria on Sunday June 26 7pm Eastern/6pm Central at Condor's Author Chat Salon
Book Tour Schedule Author Robert Renteria and his graphic novel Mi Barrio will be stopping by each of the following blogs from 6/20 thru 7/1. Make sure you stop by and say hello, you may just win a copy of Mi Barrio by Robert Renteria!
Author Robert Renteria and his graphic novel Mi Barrio will be stopping by each of the following blogs from 6/20 thru 7/1. Make sure you stop by and say hello, you may just win a copy of Mi Barrio by Robert Renteria!
I'm super thrilled to share with you that I'm a newly elected member of the Board of Directors of Seattle's Ethnic Heritage Council.
If you've spent any amount of time in Seattle, you've likely seen the Ethnic Heritage Council at work through one of their many events that they produce or sponsor throughout the year.
With offices based in the Seattle Center, Seattle's cultural hub and home to the Space Needle, EMP, Science Center, Children's Theatre, and many more, the Ethnic Heritage Council is behind many of the festive events that liven up the Center House throughout the year. Check out the beautiful event photo galleries.
EHC is probably best known for their Annual Naturalization Ceremony which, for the past 26 years has taken place on the Fourth of July, and during which thousands of new American citizens have been sworn in.
The Ethnic Heritage Council (EHC) of Seattle, Washington was established in 1980 and has grown in membership from a few individuals, to hundreds of ethnic and cultural organizations and individuals.
EHC's mission is to preserve and promote ethnic and cultural traditions, foster mutual understanding, enrich lives and celebrate our heritage.
I'm honored to have been invited to join the Board of Directors of the Ethnic Heritage Council, and I look forward to using my skills in Communications, PR, Marketing and Social Media to support this stellar and vital organization of our community.
Please visit the Ethnic Heritage Council website at http://www.ethnicheritagecouncil.org and get to know this fabulous organization dedicated to celebrating the ethnic diversity of our region.
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to Visit Seattle in Honor of Women's History Month
Seattle Poetry SLAM * Seattle Central Community College Women in Society * Elliot Bay Book Company
March 1 & 2
Sonya Renee Taylor, easily one of the most distinguished, accomplished, and recognizable women in the world of Performance Poetry, will be performing in several events in the Seattle area on Tuesday, March 1st and Wednesday, March 2nd.
Sonya Renee Taylor will kick off her Seattle tour as featured poet at Seattle Poetry SLAM Tuesday, March 1, 2011 from 8:30pm-10pm at the Rebar.
On Wednesday March 2nd, Sonya Renee will be the guest lecturer at Seattle Central Community College’s Women in Society Lecture Series. This is a free event and open to the public, and is scheduled in conjunction with the 3rd annual Free Women’s Health Fair at SCCC. Sonya Renee’s presentation will take place in BE-1110 from 12:00-1:50pm. The health fair runs from 9am to 2pm.
On Wednesday evening, Sonya Renee will give a reading of her poetry book, A Little Truth on Your Shirt (Girlchild Press, 2010) at Elliot Bay Book Company. The reading will take place from 5pm-6pm followed by a book-signing event.
So here I am, putting these songs out into the universe for everyone to hear, and I hope that you feel them and enjoy them as much as I do.
Broke Wide Open "Unplugged"
March 12, 2011
Sandbox Studio*15 McGraw St*Seattle*98109
(Queen Anne Hill)
tix $10 at the door or pre-purchase at: http://www.brokewideopen.com/home.html
About Broke Wide Open
Broke Wide Open was born from one man's quest to search for answers to his identity. Luckily for us, this man is Rock Wilk; a beautiful soul, a skilled poet and musician. Initially produced as a musical journey in form of an album, the one-man play was created while riding on the NYC subway system and explored issues of identity stemming from his personal history as an adopted child. A man who grew up with great admiration of, and love for, his adoptive mother, and a mystery for his biological mother.
I tried to reveal myself, to strip down naked and open my personal window, to let you see who I am, in hopes that you might allow me into your world, briefly, one song at a time.
About Rock Wilk
An actor, a playwright and a poet, New York City's own Rock WILK is also a socially and politically charged vocalist and an accomplished multi-instrumentalist. He creates all of this art while riding the subways of NYC. Along with being a Nuyorican Poet's semifinalist and 2010 runoffs qualifier for The Nuyorican's national team, Rock also was recently a featured performer for Amnesty International at an event for human rights.
My father and my grandmother were both great storytellers. Just sitting around after a meal with them was a gift. You would hear the most amazing stories. They both had this ability to make you hang on every word, to make you laugh until you cried.
He has worked as a studio and touring background vocalist for many years, most recently singing with the legendary Patti LaBelle and contributing vocal and horn arrangements to the Grammy Award winning Les Paul compilation album, LES PAUL AND FRIENDS.
Rock's music can also be heard on such TV shows as MTV's "The Real World" and "Making The Band", among others.