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Sunday, September 18, 2005

CLICA Mailing

September 2005

"We're still struggling with developing a literary and intellectual appreciation in our culture in this country. We can appreciate getting a nice house and a two-car garage, but we don't appreciate the value of reading in our homes and reading with our children." Ana Castillo in El Paso Times

"Local news - Poet finds 'Cielito' in NM desert"To view this article on The El Paso Times Web site, go to:

Book Reviews (for more reviews, visit


Rose Castillo Guilbault, FARMWORKER'S DAUGHTER

Tim Z. Hernandez, SKIN TAX

Katrina UpdatesRandom House also announced that they will make a $500,000 donation to the American Red Cross's Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, along with matching employee contributions to "qualified relief aid organizations." Additionally, Random House Children's Books is donating 250,000 copies of their titles to First Book, "the great organization which is distributing reading to kids in the hardest-hit areas."
At Simon & Schuster, Adam Rothberg indicates they are "planning on making a substantial donation of books for the benefit of individuals and institutions affected by the Hurricane and flood."

First Book currently indicates on their web site that they are "providing books to children affected by Hurricane Katrina. Every $5 donated to First Book will be matched with 1 book that will go to children in the devastated areas."

Organization head Kyle Zimmer has been speaking to major publishers about taking a lead role in organzing a national book drive, with the goal of collecting 5 million books. Their plan is to distribute books widely to people currently in shelters, school systems taking in displaced children, and the schools and libraries that will need to rebuild their collections. First Book expects to have promotional support from the Library of Congress and is hoping to formally announce the drive later this month.First Book:

More on Katrina and Publishing
In addition to the contribution from Random House announced yesterday, Bertelsmann CEO Gunther Thielen announced this morning that the parent company will make an additional donation of $500,000 to the Red Cross Relief Aid Fund.

The American Library Association has an extensive page with status reports from libraries all over the affected areas, along with some requests identifying libraries' greatest needs [e.g. the state library of Louisiana really needs printers and computers to help evacuees search for information and print and file assistance forms; ALA

The Texas Library Association is collecting financial donations, which can be earmarked for libraries in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.TLA

Martin Espada is quoted quite nicely in this article on the race aspects of Katrina in New Orleans.

(Thank you to Steven Cordova for this important article)

* Latino/Latina Writers Issue * Indiana Review ~ Summer 2006
The deadline for submissions considered for this special issue of IR will be Postmark date: December 31, 2005.

Submission Guidelines: Indiana Review is proud to announce a call for work by Latino & Latina writers. We are seeking Poetry, Fiction, and Non-Fiction by Latino & Latina writers that that is well-crafted and lively, has an intelligent sense of form and language, assumes a degree of risk, and has consequence beyond the world of its speakers or narrators. We also welcome interviews with established writers. Content that addresses political, social, and cultural aspects of the Latino and Latina identity and community are welcome but not a pre-requisite for consideration. Our intent with this issue is to showcase the vibrant and diverse voices of new and established Latino and Latina Writers.

Full Details:

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Tuesday, February 08, 2005

from Dorinda Moreno

brothers and sisters, hermanos y hermanas. friends of diversity and multiculturalism, i recommend we all take this seriously, via buying the censured book, 'bless me, ultima', by ordering it at all the libraries and book stores, reading it to your classess, children, grandchildren. writing letters to the editor, and for the talented screenwriters and aspiring film makers, support taking this book into a film, play... this classic book of the chicano people, pueblo nuevo mexicano, stands as tall as the highest mountain and is a cultural treasure. we will not allow colorado superintendent of schools or any other institution of learning to ban this book by one of our cultural icons, rudolfo anaya.

'bless me. ultima', stands side by side with the film 'salt of the earth', the only american black listed film, and in the l00 films depicting americana in the library of congress... and we must defend the book as we did the film, with all the fight back we've got. we will not allow those who holdracist attitudes to provoke the banning of this book. for those writing a letter to the editor, please cc me. also, i will get all the information necessary and will post it for followup and welcome any comments and suggestions from all. we each take this personally, don't mess with our abuela's!!ya basta, con esta censura de nuestra herencia, abajo con el racimo atonteado.

vamonos recio!!!!!!!

dorinda moreno

"Bless Me Ultima" Banned in CO

Superintendent bans novel from Colorado school

By The Associated Press 02.03.05

NORWOOD, Colo. — The superintendent of schools has banned Rudolfo Anaya's acclaimed book Bless Me, Ultima at Norwood High School, saying it is too profane for the 96 students there.

Superintendent Bob Conder said some parents were offended by obscene language and paganistic practices in the 1972 coming-of-age novel about a 7-year-old boy and his life with his Roman Catholic mother, Luna, and Ultima, who uses herbs and magic to heal.

"It's less a matter of censorship than a matter of sponsorship. That's not the kind of garbage I want to sponsor at this high school," Conder said yesterday.

Conder — who hasn't read the entire book — gave more than two dozen copies of Bless Me, Ultima to a parent to destroy. The teacher who ordered the book has apologized in a letter to parents and won't be disciplined, he said.

Conder has not pulled any other book from classrooms during his six years as superintendent.
He said just one parent in the southwestern Colorado community has complained, but Norwood Post editor Margo Roberts said she has been inundated by messages from people angry about Conder's action.

Norwood High School junior Christian Skyler Kelley wrote a letter to the editor criticizing Conder.

"I never knew this book existed," Kelley said. "Now I feel it is my obligation to read it and see what our superintendent found so dangerous that it must be destroyed."

Anaya, widely considered the founder of modern Chicano literature and a professor emeritus of English at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, said he wasn't surprised parents and educators who haven't read the book would be frightened by its harsh language.

"My suggestion is: Read the book. The language is not gratuitous. It fits with the scenes," said Anaya, 67. "I have hundreds of letters from students from all over the country who have been moved by this book. I would love to go to Norwood with my box full of letters."

Other Colorado communities have embraced Bless Me, Ultima. The book is part of the English curriculum at Montrose High School and has been chosen for community reading programs in Boulder and Mesa County.



Sit-in planned, author invited after Norwood official bans book
posted by: Dan Viens (Web Producer)

NORWOOD (AP) - Several students say they'll have a sit-in this morning to protest the banning of "Bless Me, Ultima" at Norwood High School.

They've also invited the book's author, Rudolfo Anaya, to visit the school in southwestern Colorado.

Meanwhile, a professor in the Department of Chicano Studies at Metropolitan State College of Denver is offering to pay a thousand dollars to the Norwood School District to retrieve two dozen copies of the book banned by Superintendent Bob Conder for its profanity.
Professor Luis Torres says he's trying to rescue copies of "Bless Me, Ultima" because the book is a treasured tome central to Chicano culture.

Conder says he handed the books over to a parent who complained about the novel's profane language, which he agreed was inappropriate.

Conder doesn't know if they were destroyed.

Anaya is widely considered the founder of modern Chicano literature, and is a professor emeritus of English at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Norwood is about 33 miles southwest of Montrose.

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Sunday, January 09, 2005

CLICA Mailing

December 2004

New Mexico State University Spanish professor Ricardo Aguilar-Melantzon died September 24,2004, at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso, where he had been hospitalized for about a week after a heart attack.

Aguilar, the 2003 New Mexico Professor of the Year and an NMSU Regents Professor, had been a faculty member in the languages and linguistics department for more than 10 years. He served as department head for languages and linguistics and as a member of the board of directors of the New Mexico Hispanic Cultural Center during 1994-97. He also was acting director of the Center for Latin American and Border Studies in 2002-03.
He was known internationally for his research in Chicano literature and for his own creative writing.

"As an acclaimed writer, Dr. Aguilar-Melantzon had a distinguished national and international career," said Waded Cruzado-Salas, dean of the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences. "On behalf of the College of Arts and Sciences, I express my deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues."

"Dr. Aguilar-Melantzon was a gifted, caring teacher and mentor who combined high expectations from his students with great support for thei! r work," said Jeff Brown, associate dean of the college. ! "He will be greatly missed by his colleagues, by his students and the staff members who worked with him and by his many friends."

Aguilar received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso and his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico.


RUDOLFO AND PATRICIA ANAYA PREMIO ATZLÁN LITERARY PRIZEDeadline: December 31, 2004The Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Premio Atzlán Literary Prize is a national literary prize, established to encourage and reward emerging Chicana and Chicano authors. A prize of $1,000 is given for a work of fiction published in the 2004 calendar year. Authors who have published no more than two books are eligible for the prize. For guidelines and more information, visit Questions may be directed to Teresa Marquez at, (505) 277-0582 or Dina Ma'ayan at , (505) 277-7197 at the University of New Mexico General Library.


Mexican Literary Fiction in Translation
Mexico: A Traveler’s Literary Companion,
an anthology of contemporary Mexican literary fiction
to be edited by C.M. Mayo
for Whereabouts Press, 2005

Need translations of quality contemporary literary Mexican fiction with a strong sense of place (e.g., Oaxaca, Sierra Tarahumara, Guadalajara, the border, etc.). Reprints welcome. Novel excerpts OK if can stand alone.

Please include both translation and the original work; author’s bio; translator’s bio; contact information for translator, author; and— this is especially important— any other contact information that would be needed for securing permissions. Please also include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) for reply. (Please do not send unsolicited e-mail attachments; because of viruses, such attachments are automatically deleted.)

C.M. Mayo is the author of Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico (University of Utah Press, 2002) and Sky Over El Nido (University of Georgia Press, 1995), which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. A long-time resident of Mexico City, Mayo is also a translator of Mexican poetry and short fiction and founding editor of Tameme, the bilingual literary journal. For more about C.M. Mayo, visit

Whereabouts Press is the publisher of the highly regarded Traveler’s Literary Companions series which includes Chile, edited by Katherine Silver; Costa Rica, edited by Barbara Ras; Cuba, edited by Ann Louise Bardach; and Spain, edited by Peter Bush and Lisa Dillman. For more about Whereabouts Press, visit
DEADLINE: December 30, 2004

Send to:
C.M. Mayo Editor, "Mexico" P.O. Box 58063, Washington DC 20037**

Call for Submissions
Pluma Fronteriza is a nationally distributed publication that covers news on Chicana(o) and Latin(o)a writers from the El Paso, TX/Las Cruces, NM/Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, Mex. tri-state region.

Main SubmissionsWe are currently accepting submissions of open letters, essays, poetry, and short memories in honor of Abelardo B. Delgado and Ricardo Aguilar, both passed away this year.

Guidelines for writers
Poetry: No more than two 8 ½ x 11 pages on a Microsoft Word or WordPerfect format.Essays should be no longer than 400-500 words on MS Word or WordPerfect format.Short memories (remembranzas) should be no longer than 100 words on the formats listed above.We are hoping to dedicate two issues to these great fronterizo writers. Submission deadline for the spring issue is March 15, 2005.

Submissions for the winter issue should be postmarked Jan. 3, 2005.

Non-writers on Abelardo DelgadoWe will accept letters and 200-word memories from non-writers. By non-writers, we mean individuals who do not write creatively, academically, or journalistically but were somehow influenced by Abelardo Delgado as students, farmworkers, or members of the many organizations he founded and ran.Special call for current high school students and Denver-area collegesWe are accepting submissions of letters, essays, poetry, or short memories honoring Abelardo Delgado as an educator. If you had Delgado as an instructor in Upward Bound or a Chicano Studies class, we invite you to submit. Note, in this category, submitters must be either current high school or college students. We will accept submissions from high school graduates who have not started college. We ask you write something on how Abelardo Delgado influenced your life or education. Please include the name of your college, university, or high school as well as your age.

We are accepting visual art and photo submissions as long as they are placed onto a digital format (*JPEG). Must relate to the themes of honoring Lalo Delgado or Ricardo Aguilar.Submissions selected will be featured in our winter and spring issues.

Send submissions to:Pluma Fronteriza1510-J Greenway Dr.Eudora, Kansas 66025E-mail submissions are accepted as attachments to or

If sent by postal mail, please include a copy on a 3"-diskette or CD; however, we do not require submissions be on a computer disk. All visual arts or photo submission must be on a computer format.All submissions should include your postal address, phone number, and e-mail address.



CALL FOR ABSTRACTSPanel session on Chicana/o Environmental Writingat the Sixth Biennial Conference,Association for the Study of Literature and EnvironmentJune 21-25, 2005, University of OregonWalden Pond in Aztlán?: Chicana/o Writing and the EnvironmentChicano activists in the 1960s and 1970s drafted plans to establish anation within the territories taken from Mexico by the U.S. in 1848, andthey agreed to call the place Aztlán. Treated like second-class citizensin the U.S. and no longer claimed by Mexico, the Chicano community longedfor a homeland after more than a century of alienation andoppression. Though nationalistic fervor no longer rules the movement,present-day Chicana/o writers, activists, and scholars alike still consider
Aztlán an imaginary ideal, consisting of a social justice agenda that willachieve decent living and working conditions, access to educationalopportunities, and attainment of political leadership positions, as well as strategies for building alternatives to exploitative social and economicsystems. Still, the question remains: what place does environmentalismhold in the Chicana/o vision? Is there space for a "Walden Pond" in Aztlán?This panel will showcase the significant but little-noted contributionsthat Chicanas/os have been making to environmental thought ever since, atleast, the conquest of northwest Mexico by the U.S. in 1848. Henry DavidThoreau built his log-cabin retreat at Walden Pond when the U.S. was on the brink of waging war against Mexico, and his famous act of civildisobedience was, in part, to protest this war: "Witness the presentMexican war, the work of comparatively a few individuals using the standing government as their tool; for in the outset, the people would not haveconsented to this measure," (Thoreau, "Civil Disobedience"). Thus, in themiddle of the nineteenth century, U.S. imperialism reaps two significantchallenges: how to deal with the gente (people) that accompanied theconquered Mexican lands, and how to respond to critiques from its attentive citizens, like Thoreau. This common chronology might suggest a possiblealliance between Mexican American thought and environmentalwriting. However, this connection remains largely unexplored-by ecocritics and Chicana/o literary scholars alike. Why? This panel will attempt tointerrogate various aspects of the possible connections and critiques thatemerge when considering Mexican American and Chicana/o writers alongsideenvironmental thought--not only in the nineteenth century, but into thetwentieth (and twenty-first) century as well. Some questions to considermight include:* Where do Chicana/o and environmental writing meet?* Does the Chicana/o imaginary homeland of Aztlán make space for a"Walden Pond" within its borders, or at its borderlands?* How has Mexican American thought historically addressed environmental issues?* How does contemporary Chicana/o writing speak to current ecological crises?* Must the categories of nature and environmental writing makefundamental changes to accommodate nineteenth century Mexican Americanwriters and twentieth century Chicana/o authors? Would Mexican Americansand Chicanas/os want to be considered "nature" or "environmental" writers?Papers may consider: discussions of specific works by Mexican American and Chicana/o writers in an environmental context, such as María Amparo Ruiz de Burton, Jovita Gonzáles, María Cristina Mena, Américo Paredes, CherríeMoraga, Ana Castillo, Denise Chávez, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Ray Gonzáles, and others; or, reflections on specific challenges and/or insights resultingfrom considering Chicana/o writers in an environmental context, includingbut not limited to environmental justice, land rights, bioregionalidentity, political activism, traditional environmental knowledge,environmental citizenship, and more.Please submit 1-page abstracts to Priscilla Ybarra at
Priscilla Solis YbarraPh.D. Candidate LecturerRice University Yale UniversityDepartment of English American StudiesPhone: (713) 294-1278 Fall 2004
For more info:


The editors of Ventana Abierta, at UC-Santa Barbara, Luis Leal and Víctor Fuentes, have issued a call for poems, essays and short stories dedicated to the diverse aspects of today's Latino Literature, to be published on February and August 2005.
(6-page limitation, double space). The deadlines for submitting a piece to these issues are Dec.31 and June 30, respectively.Center for Chicano StudiesUniversity of CaliforniaSanta Barbara, CA 93106FAX (805) 893-4446


Dear Artist and or Poet,You might remember "FacingFaces", the international art- and poetry project against violence towards women and children.
The project now being in its fourth succesive year it proudly announces D.I.S.A. a new project called D.I.S.A. which stands for Direct Individual Support Action.
C.A.U.S.E., through its website and real time activities and on a tri-monthly basis, will directly support a victim of domestic i.e. sexually orientated violence through donation campaigns, this apart from offering artworks and E-books in further support of the D.I.S.A campaigns and C.A.U.S.E..
Core goal of the D.I.S.A. campaigns is to help victims of domestic i.e. sexually oriented violence to, through educational programms, (re-) gain self-confidence and independency.
Please visit the website for more info on the first campaign.Your support is highly needed and appreciated. Domestic i.e. sexually oriented violence is a huge social problem and any support for C.A.U.S.E. and/or D.I.S.A. is one more voice helping. Thank you!Sincerely,Gino d'ArtaliDirector C.A.U.S.E.**

Marcos McPeek Villatoro’s "On Tuesday, When the Homeless Disappeared"
Ernesto Quiñonez's "Chango's Fire"
Luis A. Lopez's "Warrior Poet of the Fifth Sun"
Carlos Morton’s "Dreaming on a Sunday in the Alameda"
"Alambrista and the U.S.-Mexico Border:Film, Music, and Stories of Undocumented Immigrants"
Valerie Martinez’s "World to World: Poems"
Daniel A. Olivas’s "Devil Talk"
E.A. Mares’s "With the Eyes of a Raptor"
Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s "Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood"
Ernesto Mestre-Reed's "The Secibd Death of Unica Aveyano"
Lolita Hernandez’s "Autopsy of an Engine"
Albino Carrillo's "In the City of Smoking Mirrors"

Luis Alberto Urrea Wins Prestigious Lannan Literary Award
CHICAGO, Nov. 11 (AScribe Newswire) -- Luis Alberto Urrea, a University of Illinois at Chicago creative writing professor, has been named winner of the $125,000 Lannan Literary Award for non-fiction.
The awards, presented by the Lannan Foundation, recognize writers who have made significant contributions to English-language literature through poetry, fiction and non-fiction.
Full Announcement: University of Illinois at Chicago Writer Luis Alberto Urrea Wins ...


MacArthur Recipient
Rueben Martinez Bookseller, Owner and Founder, Libreria Martinez Books and Art GallerySanta Ana, California
Rueben Martinez has elevated bookselling from a business to a campaign in support of underserved populations in California and throughout America. His Santa Ana bookstore, Libreria Martinez Books and Art Gallery, was originally a barbershop and is now among the largest commercial sellers of Spanish-language books in the country, serving as the cornerstone of cultural events and community activities that promote the benefits of reading to Hispanic-Americans and Spanish-speaking immigrants.
More Info:
NPR interview con our latest MacArthur winner Martinez:
(Thanks to Manuel Muñoz for the links)


Renato Rosaldo, author of "Prayer to Spider Woman/Rezo a la mujer araña"received an American Book Award Prsented by the Before Columbus Foundation
Full Listing:


Abelardo "Lalo" Delgado Denver’s First Poet Laureate
Announcement Made at Memorial Tribute For Celebrated Chicano PoetMayor John Hickenlooper announced the establishment of a new post of Poet Laureate of Denver and posthumously named Abelardo "Lalo" Delgado the first to hold the honorary post. The announcement took place at a memorial tribute for the nationally-known poet who passed away at the age of 73 on July 24, 2004.
Full Story:
(More tributes to Delgado archived at

"Loosing My Espanish A Novel" by H.G. Carrillo
A fiery, accomplished literary debut, Loosing My Espanish chronicles the struggles and vicissitudes of the men and women of a tiny Cuban-American community in Chicago who are haunted by history, memory, and myth as they encounter the American dream.
More Info:


"Arroyo" by Lisa Gonzales.
Helena Maria Viramontes writes in her introduction: "There is nothing more exciting than discovering a rising light in American literature. No doubt, the work of Lisa Gonzales will shine bright. It already dazzles."

Visit their to read an e-interview with Lisa Gonzales—conducted by Maria Meléndez.


"Warrior Poet of the Fifth Sun" by Luis A. Lopez
More Info: http://www.aztecpoet/

Hello teachers/friends. Over the past year I have been working with some high school students in Kyle Texas to help write a college hand book for young students. "Wiley's Way" is the book.
Already folks from the Rio Grand Valley have ordered class room sets for schools in Edcouch Elsa and McAllen.
Please visit the website:
The book is bilingual and very colorful. I think it will be a good book to get our students to start thinking about college at a very early age.
david rice


Voices of the New Sun: Songs and Stories / Voces del Nuevo Sol: Cantos y Cuentos: the 155 page anthology contain the works of 38 local authors, some very well-known, e.g., Jose Montoya, Francisco Alarcon, Olivia Castellano and others, as well as some for whom this will be their first work published. It contains the tribute poem, Las Murales, by the late Phil Goldvarg. Order it by mail, sending a check for $13.50, made out to Aztlan Cultural; mail to: Escritores del Nuevo Sol, P.O. Box 162714, Sacramento, CA 95816-2714. For more information, call (916) 456-5323, or (916) 451-1372.Website:


Literal, Latin American Voices today offers its pages with a dual purpose: as a forum where the most important Latin American creative expressions converge and as a vehicle for the expression of new voices.
Thus Literal provides a medium for the critique and diffusion of the Latin American literature and art, recognizing its potential strength as a point of departure for understanding that the broad cultural universe is not overshadowed by any single language, but is bathed in the light of a unified spirit.
For Guidelines and a free year subscription visit:
Literal, Voces latinoamericanas, abre hoy sus páginas con un doble propósito: convertirse en un foro donde confluyan las expresiones artísticas latinoamericanas más importantes y, a la vez, abrir un espacio que permita a las nuevas voces encontrar un sitio donde expresarse.
Así también Literal dará cabida a la crítica y difusión del arte latinoamericano en su sentido más generoso, atisbando la posibilidad de convertirse, también, en una voz de referencia obligada para la comprensión del amplio universo cultural que se reúne ahora ya no bajo una misma lengua, sino cobijados a la sombra de un espíritu similar.

En nuestro primer número acogimos voces como las de Gonzalo Rojas, Sandra Cisneros, Gioconda Belli, Malva Flores, Benito Pastoriza Iyodo, Rima de Vallbona, etc. Para recibir el próximo número gratis que sale en primavera y obtener más información de cómo participar en esta revista bilingüe, favor de comunicarse a Literal. 770 South Post Oak Ln, Suite 530, Houston, TX 77056. Tel. (713) 6261433, fax (713) 960 0880; ó visitar nuestra página web:


"The Blood Cake Vendor and Other Stories" by J. L. Navarro: This collection of 43 stories has just been released and includes pieces published in Cafe Irreal, BIGnews Magazine, 3AM Magazine, Angeleno Stories, Suspects Thoughts, Shadowkeep, Margin, Aphelion, Bastard Fiction, Gang Related, Con Safos, XhismeArte, The Murder Hole, The House of Pain, Blue Food, Savage Night, Apocalypse Fiction, and The Dream People. The book is 522 pages in length and is available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook formats. For more info:

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Friday, November 12, 2004

Where: Armijo Library 620 East Seventh Avenue, El Paso, Texas
When: All events are Saturday afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Cost: Free, but donations accepted
Contact: Donna J. Snyder 328-5484
Nov 6 Armando Soto Teatro Bienestar
Soto has been acting and dancing for thirteen years, including as a performer in Viva! El Paso and Shakespeare on the Rocks. As a student of the Triana School of Spanish Dance, Soto has performed at the Abraham Chávez Theater in the opera production of "Carmen" and in many other productions in Texas, New Mexico, Florida, and Chihuahua. He has also been a featured guest artist with Flamenco Duende. Soto enjoyed a rewarding internship with the Globe Theater in San Diego, going into inner city schools to use theater to build at risk youths’ self-esteem. After two years he decided to counter the trend of talented people leaving El Paso, and so he returned to head an effort to develop a theater program for students at the Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe. Part of his job includes writing original plays involving health issues. He is also working with an adult theater group, which recently performed at a national conference on AIDs at the La Fe’s Culture and Technology. Soto plays guitar and trumpet and is developing his interest in writing. His goal is to become "an artist of the soul, creating at every level and at all times with the best intentions in mind and with great love."

Nov 13 Ruth Peña On Secrets and Secretos
Peña is a native Paseña but was reared in Los Angeles until middle school. Some of her poetry deals with the dual nature of being a Paseña and Angelena. She writes about family and general observations on life. Each year she reads at the annual crime victims memorial services and the Carly Martínez Race for Awareness. She teaches English at EPCC. Her work has been published in Chrysalis, BorderSenses, and Sin Fronteras, and featured in an article in La Pluma Fronteriza. She has presented readings and workshops for Tumblewords Project and performed her work at EPCC’s Springs Arts Festival and Poetry Jam. She recently presented a reading entitled "Our Heroes, Ourselves" at the VOLAR Center for Independent Living disability conference and ADA anniversary celebration.
Dec 4 Jim Sparks Blues Haiku
Dec 11, 18 Donna Snyder Writing for the Dark Time

Sunday, October 17, 2004

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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

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Friday, August 06, 2004

Abelardo (Lalo) Delgado Beloved Metro prof passed away, left legacy

by Armando Manzanares
Volume 27, Issue 1, July 29, 2004
The Metropolitan

The sound, of what seems like a mission bell, resonated across the cityscape and valley beneath the purple mountains. This sound moved like a wave filled with self-determination in, around and through anything in its path.

The sound came from a bell atop the front steps of the state capitol. This bell was rung for the liberty of La Raza, the race of Chicanos.

10,000 Chicanos, young and old, convened there after marching through the streets of downtown Denver in protest of the educational system and its failure to recognize, accommodate and respect their culture.

This happened on a day symbolic of the cry for independence and the defiance of the oppressive supremacy, September 16 or Dies y Seis.

The crowd tamed its rage and let a proud poet get up before the vast brownness and recite his accounts of struggle, activism and bigotry through eloquent and peaceful prose.

This is one of many stories that will be forever told, etching Abelardo (Lalo) Delgado into history; Chicano history, American history. Anyone who took Delgado’s "Introduction to Chicano Studies" class in his 17 years at Metro would have heard this story, along with many others.

Delgado wore many hats throughout his life. He was an activist, author, family man, historian, initiator, poet and teacher. Delgado died Friday, July 23, 2004, at the age of 73.

He was a part-time instructor of Chicano Studies at Metro. He was scheduled to teach two classes for the upcoming Fall semester. Chicano Studies department chair Luis Torres said as recently as two weeks before his passing, Delgado had expressed concern for his classes.

"As a part-time instructor that got little pay—to have a commitment literally on his death bed saying ‘I’m concerned about my classes’ is beyond compare," Torres said.

This is representative of Delgado’s life; his dedication, his priorities and his passion which were recognized by the students in his classes.

Metro evaluates their faculty every semester. On these evaluations, the students are asked to rate their instructors on various factors with 6.0 being the high mark on the scale.

Torres was kind enough to share the results of Delgado’s most recent evaluations.

Delgado consistently received high marks on his 2004 Spring evaluation, Torres said.
"If there is one question the faculty looks at, it is the professor’s contribution to the course. Lalo received 5.6 out of 6.0. That is overall higher compared to the rest of the Metro faculty," he said.
"The results are so positive."

Positive defines how Delgado lived his life.

Torres reflected on Delgado’s disposition when he would walk into work.

"He was always coming into his office right across the hall, with a song in English or Spanish," he said.

Delgado was on campus last month to teach for Metro’s Upward Bound program for high school students. That was his last time on campus.

"He was one of the most complete men I ever knew," Torres said. "He could go from being a community organizer, to being an instructor with some of the highest student evaluations that you can get, to going to read his poetry and always had the same spirit and energy every time he did it."

Torres said Delgado never needed a microphone when he would recite his work. All others would use a microphone and when it was his turn, he would put it to the side.

Beyond academics, Delgado came to realize the power of media and the lack of content for the Latino community, by becoming involved with Denver’s KUVO FM 89.3 radio station.

In 1985 he became one of the founding board members of KUVO and remained on the board for the next few years.

KUVO President Florence Hernandez-Ramos said his involvement during this time was instrumental in raising the initial funds to get the station on-air and operating.

She said as soon as Delgado stepped on board, he helped organize a zoot suit party fund-raiser that was attended by prominent Chicano figures such as Edward James Olmos and Daniel Valdez. Rich Castro, past Denver Chicano activist, was the emcee.

"He donated the sales from his poetry and would make small contributions," Hernandez-Ramos said. "Had it not been for the Latino community in the area, and Lalo’s involvement, there would be no KUVO."

Both Hernandez-Ramos and Delgado came to realize the power of media during a fund-raising effort. Around the same time as the zoot suit fund-raiser, the station had put a call out for donations of music.

By the end of the week the station had received 5,000 hours of music from its listeners.
"This made us realize the power we had through the use of media. Lalo had said if we had something like this in the 1960s, can you image what could have happened?"
Hernandez-Ramos said. "Lalo helped shape the mission of the station—to create a multicultural radio station. It is something that has happened over time."

She said Lalo had mentioned there were a lot of non-Latinos listening and wanted to give the radio station more of a multi-cultural feeling, so they started doing Public Service Announcements for and about people of color.

Delgado’s life was far reaching and working seemingly non-stop with the commitment to his Raza.

He and his mother migrated from Chihuahua, Mexico in 1943 and took up residence in El Paso, Texas. He excelled though his academics as a teenager and graduated from high school with honors.

He continued on and graduated from what his wife Lola. In 2003 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Delgado had organized and implemented various community programs while living in El Paso. Working with his community Catholic church, he set up food, clothing and job banks for those with less or nothing at all.

In 1968 Delgado endured a 30-day fast in protest of the treatment and conditions of the Latino community of El Paso. His list of reasons included, "So that children of south El Paso do not have to grow up in tenements and employers, merchants and professional people deal with him and his Latino community justly." He was the father of seven children at the time.

A former colleague said of his fast, "This man is one of our unsung heroes, a man who believes in sacrifice."

Soon after his efforts went toward farm worker and migrant worker rights, working along the side of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta of the United Farm Workers of America. He then moved around the Western United States working with universities either helping establish their Chicano Studies programs or developing them as well as instructing courses.

Delgado wound up in Boulder for a short time. There he worked for The University of Colorado in a program designed to attract Chicanos to higher education.

Both Hernandez-Ramos and Torres crossed paths with Delgado during his time at the university in the early 1970’s.

Both were undergraduates and all three of them were a part of the Education Opportunity Program (EOP) the government had instituted due to the civil unrest experienced after the Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination and civil rights movement.

At the time, many of the young activists went down the path of violence because it was seductive, Torres said. Delgado inspired him to take the path of non-violence and scholarship.
"I went the other way and followed Lalo and others like him," he said. "Lalo told us we have to commit our life to the Chicano movement. I have dedicated my career toward it as well."

While Delgado was giving a presentation at CU-Boulder, Hernandez-Ramos remembers his passion and call to action against the discrimination and bigotry she and the rest of the Chicanos in the nation were experiencing.

She said it was there that she became enlightened and culturally conscious and was instilled with pride of who and what she is, a Chicana with deep cultural roots that have made significant contributions to the American society.

"Lalo showed us how to celebrate the activism we were doing. Taking the anger of our experiences and our protesting and infuse it with justice through art. It became socially relevant to see a man like Lalo that had such a big heart, embracing those concepts in a peaceful manner," Hernandez-Ramos said.

"He was one of the most gentle and menacing, in the terms of being able to make a point strongly and loudly," she said.

In a life lived for 73 years, Delgado’s contributions, accomplishments and people he touched were plentiful. His accolades are numerous and one rarely mentioned was an honorary Doctorate of Literature he received in 2001 from the World Academy of Arts and Culture out of California.

Delgado worked to improve the situation for those who were in desperate need.

He worked under very difficult conditions and tried to change entrenched poverty and discrimination, yet he was always able to do it optimistically.

"He was one of the true community leaders in Denver and Colorado and was truly loved," Torres said.

"He helped set the tone and commitment to both the academic and Chicano community at Metro," he said. "Be involved in the community in very meaningful ways and being respectful of the community," is what Delgado asked of his students.

"That as a whole is a very significant part of our department," Torres said.

His humanism, his philosophy, his optimism are some of what makes up his legacy at Metro, Torres said.

"When he looks down at me and others he influenced, I want him to feel proud," he said.
Delgado was known of having a very good sense of humor. People were always made aware of his presence by his loud, boisterous disposition. Through his prose he was able to draw attention to the injustices experienced by his Raza and to react—peacefully and proudly. He had been dubbed "The Poet Laureate of the Chicano Movement" for his work in documenting his experiences and the movement with his spoken words for well over 50 years.

"To me Lalo’s legacy is changing people’s perceptions," Hernandez-Ramos said. "The only anger I saw in him was righteous anger, or anger directed to unjust aspects of our society. He was full of caring and the world is better off for him having been in it. People become icons when they die. Lalo had already achieved that status and recognition."

Teaching at Metro for 17 years, his influence reached and touched many students. He was willing to help in any demonstration and was always asked to read his work, on- and off-campus.

"He loved people and people loved him. He loved his students," Torres said.
He took a moment as his eyes filled with tears while looking across the hall at the empty desk where Delgado sat and tended to his scholastic duties.

"I’ve been holding this in since Friday."