Alfred Arteaga, Cherrie Moraga, Naomi Quinonez, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Jean Vengua, Francisco Alarcon - SF, 10/5, Cell Space, 7pm
Alfred & Lorna at the Intersection
Cantos del Corazon/Songs of the Heart
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 19, 2006
An all-star lineup of poets of color will participate in a special fundraising event for poet and educator, Alfredo Arteaga. The reading, Cantos del Corazon/Songs of the Heart is one of several organized to assist Arteaga with medical costs needed for stem cell treatments as an alternative to a heart transplant. The event will take place on Thursday, October 5 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Cell Space in San Francisco. Arteaga, who is a professor of Creative Writing and Ethnic Studies at Cal Berkeley is also a renown poet and has written several books including Cantos (1991), Red (2000), House with the Blue Bed (1997) and a recent collection, Frozen Accident (2006).
Among the poets participating will be Lorna Dee Cervantes and Naomi Quiñonez. A nationally and internationally celebrated poet, Lorna Dee Cervantes has received many awards including the American Book Award and the Lila Wallace - Readers Digest Award for her politically and spiritually evocative work. She has written several collections of poetry including Emplumada (1981), From the Cables of Genocide: Poems on Love and Hunger (1991) and her most recent book Drive: The First Quartet (2006). In addition to her first-rate poetry, Cervantes incorporates performance into her exciting and charged deliveries. She is a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Chicana poet and educator, Naomi Quiñonez will read from her upcoming book Exiled Moon (2006) a collection of poetry that examines race, class and sexism on the borderlands. Rooted in the social change movement, her poetry excavates a historical landscape of inequality, resistance and transcendence. Quiñonez is also the author of The Smoking Mirror (1998) and Sueño de Colibri/Hummingbird Dream (1986). She received the American book award for editing Invocation L.A.: Urban Multicultural Poetry (1990) and currently teaches in Raza Studies at San Francisco State University.
There will be a number of surprise guests appearing to support Arteaga, and Lorna Dee Cervantes will auction an original manuscript that will be on view during the event. Cell Space is located at 2050 Bryant Street in the San Francisco SOMA district. Admission is $5.00 for students and $8-10 general. For more information please call (714) 401-4024 or (415) 681-0000.
Francisco X. Alarcón, Chicano poet and educator, was born in 1954 and lived the first six years of his life in Wilmington, California. As a child, he also lived in Guadalajara, Mexico, and ever since he was eighteen years old he has been living in California. He is the author of ten volumes of poetry, including, From the Other Side of Night / Del otro lado de la noche: New and Selected Poems (University of Arizona Press 2002), Sonetos a la locura y otras penas / Sonnets to Madness and Other Misfortunes (Creative Arts Book Company 2001), No Golden Gate for Us (Pennywhistle Press 1993), Snake Poems: An Aztec Invocation (Chronicle Books 1992), De amor oscuro / Of Dark Love (Moving Parts Press 1991, and 2001), Body in Flames / Cuerpo en llamas (Chronicle Books l990).
His most recent book of bilingual poetry for children titled, Poems to Dream Together / Poemas para soñar juntos, was published by Lee & Low Books, New York in Spriung 2005. His previous bilingual books for children, Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems / Jitomates risueños y otros poemas de primavera (Children's Book Press, 1997) was awarded the 1997 Pura Belpré Honor Award by the American Library Association and the National Parenting Publications Gold Medal. He also received the 2000 Pura Belpré Honor Award for his second book of bilingual poems for children, From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems / Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano (Children's Book Press 1998), and the 2002 Pura Belpré Honor Award for his most recent book of bilingual poems for children, Iguanas in the Snow and Other Winter Poems / Iguanas en la nieve y otros poemas de invierno (Children's Book Press 2001). He has published another book for children, Angels Ride Bikes and Other Fall Poems / Los ángeles andan en bicicleta y otros poemas de otoño (Children's Book Press 1999).
He was member of the Board of Directors of the Mission Cultural Center of San Francisco from 1986-1990, and served as its Board President from 1986-1989. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Children Book Press from 1998 to 2003. This is a nonprofit press that has published multicultural books for children for more than 25 years in San Francisco, California.
Francisco has been a recipient of the Danforth and Fulbright fellowships, and has been awarded several literary prizes, including the 1998 Carlos Pellicer-Robert Frost Poetry Honor Award by the Third Binational Border Poetry Contest, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, 1993 American Book Award, the 1993 Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and the 1984 Chicano Literary Prize. In April 2002 he received the Fred Cody Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association (BABRA) in San Francisco. He was one of the three finalists nominated for the state poet laureate of California last year.
He has published several textbooks for teaching Spanish at the college and high school level: Mundo 21 (Houghton Mifflin 2002), Pasaporte al Mundo 21 , Tu Mundo, and Nuestro Mundo (McDougal Littel 2000). He co-edited a volume of essays on teaching Spanish to heritage speakers, La enseñanza de español a hispanohablantes: praxis y teoría (Houghton Mifflin 1997).
He did his undergraduate studies at California State University, Long Beach, and his graduate studies at Stanford University. He currently teaches at the University of California, Davis, where he directs the Spanish for Native Speakers Program.
UPDATE: Confirmed: Cherríe Moraga, Jean Vengua and Margo Ponce!
Music by Steve Cervantes, my brother, who also plays with Dr. Loco's Rocking Jalapeno Band and Javier Pacheco's new band -- so who knows who will show up. Come and see. Simón que sí
See you in San Francisco, Oct. 5 with this man: . Meanwhile, you can help out now by bidding on a copy of my new manuscript of new and collected love poems, Una poca de gracia/ Bit of Grace - a rare manuscript in that it's sure to be changed by the time of publication. Bids on signed copies of this first draft start at $25. That is, you can get a copy NOW for $25. All proceeds going to Alfred's corazon. I'll also be selling copies of my new book, DRIVE: The First Quartet at the event. Join us! Or, maybe you have a manuscript or some other art piece for the auction? All donations welcome. Go to Alfred's website for more information about his experimental stem cell treatments and how you can donate online.