Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Benedetti: The Well Loved Poet The U.S. Should Come to Know

The Uruguayan poet Mario Benedetti is relatively unknown in the United States, but in Latin America the name Benedetti is synonymous with Poetry. Even though the work of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda is more heavily championed in the United States, Benedetti is the real workhorse of Latin American Poetry. By the time of his death

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

A Video Report Of The Librotraficante Banned Book Caravan

By Tia Tenopia In 2011, the Arizona State Legislature passed HB 2281, a law which prohibits schools from offering courses at any grade level that advocate ethnic solidarity, promote overthrow of the US government, or cater to...

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Latinopia Word: “A Caribbean Journey from A to Y”

By Tia Tenopia Mario Picayo is the editor and publisher of the Editorial Campana literary publishing company based in New York.  He is also the author of children’s books published through Campanita Books. His children’s alphabet book ...

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Word Of The Day: “Legal Alien”

By Tia Tenopia Pat Mora is a poet, novelist and author of children’s books. Her writings often reflect the conflictive nature of being bilingual and bi-cultural. Here she reads the poem “Legal Alien,” which explores the unease...

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

True Love Is About So Much More Than Sex

When I taught a love literature class a few years ago, to a class comprised entirely of young college girls, I assigned stories and essays about various forms of love. Complaints emerged that texts I was assigning...

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

The Origins Of One Latina Nerd

All this recent Latino nerd talk — shout out to all of my brothers and sisters — got me thinking about the origins of my nerdom. How exactly did this happen? How did I become the kind of...

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Héctor Tobar’s “Barbarian Nurseries” Is An LA Love Letter

On a recent Sunday, an intimate gaggle of fans, friends, and family gathered at the Stadium Club in Dodger Stadium to hear Héctor Tobar read excerpts from his new novel, “The Barbarian Nurseries” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux,...

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Pablo Neruda Is The Food Of Nerdy Latino Love

By Eres Nerd The approach of St. Valentine’s signifies the annual season where Latino nerds across los Estados Unidos discover Pablo Neruda. Like Christian using Cyrano De Bergerac, Neruda becomes a proxy for many Latino nerds in expressing...

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Texas Group Aims To “Smuggle” Latino Literature Back Into AZ

The video shows a man hanging out in front of the trunk of a car filled with books you may recognize, books about Latinos, books written by Latinos. He says his name is Tony and he has...

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Poetry May Not Be About Money, But It’s About Much More

When I was living or traveling in different countries, I would tell everyone I met that I was a poet. Almost every time, the person inquiring about me seemed genuinely delighted or impressed. This is because other...

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Celebrating 40 Years Of “Bless Me Última”

Rudolfo Anaya’s celebrated work and seminal novel “Bless Me Última” just turned 40 this year. The book was first published  in 1972, and was groundbreaking in its portrayal of Latinos, and contribution to Chicano literature. Not only that,...

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

When The Hobbit Took Back Aztlán: A Latino Nerd Reads Tolkien

By Eres Nerd Mi ‘apa is a nerd. Specifically, a history nerd, por eso, the chances that I would turn out a nerd when I was born were very high. Our discussions frequently revolved around civilizations and their...

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Recent Shakespeare Production Promotes Latino Stereotypes

An open letter to the Shakespeare Theater Company, Washington D.C. from Tlaloc Rivas: Michael Kahn Artistic Director Shakespeare Theatre Company Washington DC, USA Dear Mr. Kahn, I hope this letter finds you well. My name is Tlaloc Rivas...

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Dagoberto Gilb’s “Gritos” Culturally Relevant, Insightful

By Wuicho Vargas If you haven’t read any of Dagoberto Gilb’s work, this could be your opportunity to get a glimpse of his style. “Gritos” for me was very pleasant and culturally appealing; his essays are impregnated...

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