Friday, April 24, 2009

Where In the World Is Lorna? UC Berkeley TONIGHT, 4/24 & Stanford SATURDAY, 8pm, Casa Zapata & MONDAY Class, Reading & Workshop

3rd Annual Noche de Flor y Canto
come for the legendary poets, stay to hear new legendary poets in the making...

Friday, April 24, 2009
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Maude Fife Room, 3rd floor of Wheeler Hall
Berkeley, CA

This year, our Noche de Flor y Canto (Night of Flower and Song) will feature:

Opening Songs by ALL NATIONS DRUM

Poet Laurete of Aztlan ALURISTA

Legendary Xicana poet LORNA DEE CERVANTES

our own Robert "Bob" Reyes

possible appearance by YOSIMAR REYES

a special performance by


and many, many more...

This year's event is especially significant because we will also be honoring our fallen brother, Alfred Arteaga.** To commemorate Alfred and his generosity as a friend and mentor in helping establish Flor y Canto and the Xicano Working Group, we will name our undergraduate poetry contest in his honor: The Alfred Arteaga Poetry Prize. This award will be granted to an undergraduate poet whose writing reflects the beauty and strength of Chicana/o culture.

**Alfred Arteaga (1950-2008 y PRESENTE) was a poet and professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. His books include Chicano Poetics, Cantos, House with the Blue Bed, and Frozen Accident. He was awarded the Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Alfred offered an unconditional friendship and mentorship to XWG and its members. As a humble gesture to honor him, our organization has unanimously decided to name our annual florycanto poetry prize after him. Te queremos Alfred.

***Brought to you by the Ethnic Studies 5th Account, The Graduate Assembly, the departments of English and Chicano/Latino Studies, the Center for Race and Gender and The Townsend Center.

The Xican@ Culture Working Group is for graduate students from all disciplines interested in engaging with Chicana/o cultural production (art, music, literature, film, dissertations, teatro, activism, and poetry)

*Encuentro Xican@ *


* Noche de Flor y Canto*
*Xican@ Love and the New Familia: * *Gender, Sexuality, and **Alliance***

* *

*University** of **California**, Berkeley · **Friday, April 24, 2009***

*9:30 - 5:00** Tilden Room, MLK Student Union (Encuentro)*

*5:45 - 6:45** Reception, 330 Wheeler Hall *

*7:00 - 10:00** Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler (Flor y Canto)*

Does La Raza love all its members –regardless of sexual
orientation—equally? Through dialogue and discussion the second annual
Encuentro Xican@ will explore tensions and alliances among queer, straight, male, female, and transgender Xican@s. How can alliance be redefined as familia, without the fetters of gender roles, with all its tensions and all its loves?

*2nd Annual Encuentro Xican@: Tilden Room; MLK Student Union*

10-10:45 Opening Keynote—Carla Trujillo

10:45-11:45 “Tonanztin & Spirituality” Workshop (Xinaxtli)

11:45-12:45 Performances by Luna Maia

& Fe from In Lak Ech & MDM


“Crossing Genders: Towards a Feminist Latinidad" Workshop

“Navigating Latinidad: Notions of Selfhood Before and Against The
Institution" (XWG)

Moderator: Jose Saldivar

Luis Ramirez (UC Davis) & Melissa Moreno (Woodland Community
College): "Power, Language, & Latino Young Adult Men in a Community
College Context"

Agustin Palacios (UCB): "Undoing the Coloniality of evolutionary
mestizaje OR this xicano has no love for Mestizofilia"

Javier Huerta (UCB): "In Praise of the Mouth": Oral Love in the
works of 3 Chicano Gay Poets"

“Coming out of Two Closets: At the Intersection of Immigration &
Sexuality” Workshop (YQUE & MALCS)

4:30-5:15 Closing Keynote—Yosimar Reyes

*3rd Annual FlorYCanto Wheeler Hall*
6:00-7:00 Reception (330 Wheeler)
7:00-10:00 FlorYCanto (Maude Fife Room; 315 Wheeler)

All Nations Drum

Lorna Dee Cervantes
Alfred Arteaga Poetry Prize winner: Cecilia Caballero
Big Dan (from BRWN BFLO)
Yosimar Reyes
Alfred Arteaga Poetry Prize honorable mentions: Edgar Mojica and Ana Cansina
Robert Reyes
Xamuel Banales & Dejarnia Cruz

Both events are free of charge. All are welcome.

Organized by UC Berkeley's Xican@ Culture Working Group (XWG), Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS), Xinaxtli: the Seed that Grows, and Young Queers United for Empowerment (YQUE), with additional sponsorship by The Graduate Assembly, The Townsend Center, ES5th Account, The Center for Race and Gender, and the Departments of English, Chicano/Latino Studies, and Ethnic Studies.


Casa Zapata - Stanford University
Lorna Dee Cervantes
with Steve Cervantes, musician

Cherríe Moraga's class, Memorial Hall
6:30 - ? dinner & workshop, Casa Zapata

Come and get your own personalized love poem!

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Blogger Pancho said...

You were wonderful last night as I'm sure you will be tonight in Stanford. It was a pleasure to hear you recite and speak/perform your work. My wife (one of the working group that worked the event) wanted to tell you that you inspire her but she didn't have a chance.

paz y amor

25/4/09 08:52  

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