Thursday, November 13, 2014

¡Día de los Vivos! Fundraiser for Barrio Writers at The Brass House in Austin, Texas


The Brass House
will host a fundraiser for Barrio Writers on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014, doors will open at 7pm to feature Mi Trova, Leticia Rodriguez, Omarr Awake and Como Las Movies from 8pm-12am. The evening event will also include special guest appearances by local artists presenting youth readings on behalf of the published youth, bringing together a unique gathering of Latino/a Austin talent.

The headliners for the evening, Como Las Movies, is
spearheaded by former guitarist/founding member of (the ahead of their time) Maneja Beto - Nelson Valente Aguilar. Como Las Movies uses a foundation of cumbia interspersed with a dash of jam rock, experimental scrapes and cosmic space. Their first two singles “Mermelada” and “Feedback Cumbiero” were produced by new Latin music wunderkind Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma, Natalia Clavier, David Garza, The Echocentrics) and released under Cosmica Artists.

MiTrova is the brainchild of
Cuitlahuac Ortiz, featuring ten of his music students of ages 8-13 years old. Together, they perform various styles of music including Trova Cubana, Boleros, Rock Pop, and Canciones del Recuerdo Baladas. Established in 2012, Ortiz and his students have performed in a variety of venues throughout the Austin area.

Leticia Rodriguez, Austin artist and musician, performs Música Tropical, ranging from 1950 covers learned as a child from her internationally acclaimed tia, Eva Garza, to original music. Rodriguez recently released her second album, “
Sagüita al Bate,” which made Top Ten in the CMJ national radio charts this September. She has also had careers in dance and theatre, and with this experience, delivers unforgettable performances.

OmarrAwake made his mark on the Texas music scene last November, through the release of his newest album,
“Time Spent in The Machine.” The album’s tracks carry the listener through a myriad of moods and draws on the maniacal excitement of playing on stage for fans, with some chaotic horn lines and funk feeding the energy. In addition to Omarr’s songwriting and performance, “Time Spent in The Machine” features some of Austin’s finest musicians, and the masterful contributions of Grammy Award winning engineers Jason Schweitzer and Bob Lanzner.

The Brass House is located at 115 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, Texas. The fundraiser entitled, “
Día de los Vivos: A Fundraiser for Barrio Writers” is themed with the unique quote, “Pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living,” by Mother Jones. The event is open to the public and a suggested donation of $20 for table reservations is available (includes door donation for 4 guests) prior to Dec. 3rd, or a $5 suggested donation per individual will be accepted at the door.

The proceeds of this event will go towards the Spring publication and Summer 2015 writing workshops. This event is sponsored and co-hosted by by Barrio Writers, Red Salmon Arts, Brass House, and Omarr Awake. For more information about the event or to make a table reservation, please contact Barrio Writers at (512) 537-2751, email barriowriters@gmail.com. Tickets available online: Click Here!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Orange County Barrio Writers starts this Monday!

The CSUF Chican@ Studies Department
to host 6th Annual Barrio Writers Program in Orange County!

Youth submitted their applications and we are happy to give them a full week of creative writing tools along with community guest artists that will facilitate workshops and a community guest pannel. Thank you for all the on-going support! 

Monday-Friday, July 28-Aug. 1, 2014 1-4pm
Location:  LH315B at CSUF (Langsdorf Hall)

 Saturday, August 2, 2014 3-6pm4th Annual Barrio Writers Live Reading
Location: (Mihaylo Hall) SGMH1502 at CSUF
Click here for event page!

 
The Barrio Writers (BW) program in Orange County is hosted by the CSUF Chicana and Chicano Studies Department. 
For more information or to register for our FREE workshops, call Barrio Writers at (714) 98-YOUTH or email barriowriters@gmail.com.











Thursday, July 3, 2014

Barrio Writers in Austin starts on Monday!

The UT Center of Mexican American Studies
to host 4th Annual
Barrio Writers Program in Austin!

Monday-Friday, July 7-11, 2014 1-4pm
University of Texas - Texas Union Building
Eastwoods Room (UNB 2.102)

 Saturday, July 12, 2014 1-3pm
4th Annual Barrio Writers Live Reading

University of Texas - Texas Union Building
Eastwoods Room (UNB 2.102)

Click here for the event page!

Barrio Writers in Austin is supported & co-hosted by The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS), Raspa Magazine, Red Salmon Press and Resistencia Bookstore. For more information or to register for our FREE workshops, call Barrio Writers at
(512) 537-2751 or email barriowriters@gmail.com.

The CSUF Chican@ Studies Department
to host 6th Annual Barrio Writers Program in Orange County!

Monday-Friday, July 28-Aug. 1, 2014 1-4pm
Location:  LH315B at CSUF (Langsdorf Hall)

 Saturday, August 2, 2014 3-6pm4th Annual Barrio Writers Live Reading
Location: (Mihaylo Hall) SGMH1502 at CSUF
Click here for event page!

 
The Barrio Writers (BW) program in Orange County is hosted by the CSUF Chicana and Chicano Studies Department.
For more information or to register for our FREE workshops, call Barrio Writers at (714) 98-YOUTH or email barriowriters@gmail.com.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Barrio Writers Summer 2014 Kicks Off Today!

The ASU School of Letters & Sciences
to host 1st Annual
Barrio Writers Program in Phoenix!

Monday-Friday, June 9-11, 2014, 2014 1:30-4:30pm
ASU Downtown Phoenix - University Center (UCENT), Room #271
Map: http://www.asu.edu/map/interactive/?campus=downtown&building=UCENT

Saturday, June 14, 2014 6-8:30pm
1st Annual Barrio Writers Live Reading

Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center (ALAC)
147 E. Adams Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Click here for the event page! 


The Barrio Writers (BW) program in Phoenix is partnered with the Arizona State University School of Letters and Sciences and supported by Red Salmon Arts.For more information or to register for our FREE workshops, call Barrio Writers at 602-628-5097 or email us at azbarriowriters@gmail.com.


The UT Center of Mexican American Studies

to host 4th Annual
Barrio Writers Program in Austin!

 
Monday-Friday, July 7-11, 2014 1-4pm
University of Texas - Texas Union Building
Eastwoods Room (UNB 2.102)

 Saturday, July 12, 2014 1-4pm
4th Annual Barrio Writers Live Reading

University of Texas - Texas Union Building
Eastwoods Room (UNB 2.102)

Click here for the event page!

Barrio Writers in Austin is supported & co-hosted by The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS), Raspa Magazine, Red Salmon Press and Resistencia Bookstore. For more information or to register for our FREE workshops, call Barrio Writers at
(512) 537-2751 or email barriowriters@gmail.com.

The CSUF Chican@ Studies Department
to host 6th Annual Barrio Writers Program in Orange County!

Monday-Friday, July 28-Aug. 1, 2014 1-4pm
Location:  LH315B at CSUF (Langsdorf Hall)

 Saturday, August 2, 2014 3-6pm4th Annual Barrio Writers Live Reading
Location: (Mihaylo Hall) SGMH1502 at CSUF
Click here for event page!

 
The Barrio Writers (BW) program in Orange County is hosted by the CSUF Chicana and Chicano Studies Department.
For more information or to register for our FREE workshops, call Barrio Writers at (714) 98-YOUTH or email barriowriters@gmail.com.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Announcing the launch of AZ Barrio Writers!


The Inaugural Workshop will be hosted 
June 9-13, 2014
1:30-4:30 p.m.
w/ culminating author celebration on June 14
 (Time/Location TBA)

For more information or to request an application:
azbarriowriters@gmail.com


Sponsored By: 
Arizona State University School of Letters and Sciences

Monday, March 24, 2014

BW 5th Edition Book Release and Live Readings


Barrio Writers 5th Edition is here! 

Go get your hands on our BW books!

 

2014 BW Book Release & Live Reading Events:

BW 5th Edition Book Release | Santa Ana, CA | The Frida Cinema
2-5pm Saturday, March 29th, 2014 Click here: OC BW FB Event Page

BW 5th Editon Book Release | Austin, TX | Resistencia Bookstore
1-4pm Saturday, April 26th, 2014 Click here: ATX BW FB Event Page

 

Check out our new look! 

Gracias to Raspa Magazine for the amazing work and support! BIG Thank you to all our indiegogo supporters who helped us raise $1,725 towards our book publication & Summer 2014 programs.



Latest Headline: Watch out Arizona!
BW is launching a new chapter in Phoenix - Summer 2014!
Save the Date: June 9-14, 2014
Thank You to AZ BW Director Tracey Flores & ASU!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

OC Coordinator Kore Sierra Reflections on Decolonizing Knowledge Presentation at Cal Sate Fullerton



Rapping the truth of our society along with presenting the future research on education and other topics was the emphasis at the CASA Symposium at Cal State Fullerton. During the symposium we were able to listen to the fantastic works of many inspiring artists. Through their words, painting, beadwork and writing to their community.

In all honesty, I was very nervous about the presentation of Barrio Writers, though this is not my first time in front of people, the fact that the Barrio Writers name was on the line made it feel more nerve wrecking. While listening to the first presenters I was overwhelmed with their empowering words all their life said in one epic poem. I found it quite fascinating that these poets (and many others that are famous poet writers) are able to reach their audience hearts.  The whole time I heard their words my skin was prickling like hearing a singer’s voice hit a high octave with so much emotion that it hits you that “WOW” moment. This was the impression that the poem jam gave me.

During the next presentation by Leticia Rojas from Cal State Long Beach, which was a very inspiring presentation to me for the reasons that I want to go into teaching, who presented on the matter that why are there not many Latino’s going into the teaching field, along with the question on why Latino’s go into teaching. The one question that was brought up was the fact that why do we have the help that we need, if we had any, to get into college why do we not have the same help going into college to receive the encouragement to continue towards a masters or doctorates degree. The presentation on the research being conducted by Leticia Rojas is incomplete but shows much potential on being a key point on finding the answers towards bettering our education system beginning with the establishment of teachers who help their own ethnicity.

After the wonderful presentation by Leticia Rojas, Barrio Writers was up to bat. Marilynn Montano and I both presented ourselves, I gave my point of view of the first editions obstacles and how every year Barrio Writers has jumped each every single one with great splendor. We started from a hallway, classroom, bookstore, library, and finally a classroom at Cal State Fullerton. After I presented my work, Marilynn gave the audience her point of view of Barrio Writers. When Marilynn presented her thoughts we had such a surprising response from the audience that I knew we got more than a few perked ears hearing the both of us. At the end we received questions which one really got me interested, the question was:

“What will be our next step in getting not only Santa Ana youth together to give their stories to be added into our next Barrio Writers anthology but getting the whole state of California, Texas or even (our new chapter) Arizona to get more youth to present their work?” 

I actually got home and really thought about this question on how we can expand; I honestly can’t answer this question yet. I think about the use of the internet or even newspapers, a special site specifically for writing entries I honestly don’t know maybe in a few years we will be able to get an answer to this question. Barrio Writers is slowly but strongly expanding into other states and the stories of youth from these states and counties will be heard and written to inspire many generations.

In the end I sadly had to leave in the middle of the presentation but I was very happy to be able to present Barrio Writers to a community where everyone was speaking about the betterment of Latino (a)’s everywhere. Thank You to Marilynn Montano for helping get by my jitters (even though I really wanted to cry but held my tears back a little bit).

Thank You to Sarah Garcia our founder, friend and mentor who has given us the opportunity to present at the CASA Symposium. Especially Thank You to the CASA Symposium directors for approving us to present at their Symposium.