Monday, July 6, 2015

Barrio Writers Returns Home To SanTana!

With A New BW Program Director—Marilynn Montaño!


It is with great excitement and pride that we announce new changes for OC Barrio Writers Summer 2015!

It truly has been a commUNITY collaboration these last few months to keep Barrio Writers alive in Orange County, California. Although there were many who opened their doors to us once we announced that we no longer had a college campus host, we couldn't resist the opportunity to return home to SanTana.

Muchas gracias to our first community partner—El Centro Cultural de Mexico—for keeping Barrio Writers alive in Orange County and reminding us to remember where it all began. We will always call El Centro Cultural de Mexico our first home...and now our Summer 2015 location too! Special thanks to Benjamin Vazquez and Carolina Sarmiento at El Centro for the words of encouragement and support along the way!

Barrio Writers in SanTana August 3rd-8th, 2015:
Click Here for more info!


But we can't go on without giving credit where credit is due! There is an empowering Xingona muxer behind all of this. Her perseverance and loyal dedication made it all happen—Marilynn Montaño is now the BW Program Director in Orange County, California!

A young Xicana poet, proud Santanera, and daughter of undocumented migrant parents from Puebla, Mexico. Marilynn Montaño's writing has been published in the OC Register, Voice of OC, and OC Weekly. In 2012, Montaño received an OC Press Club Award on a housing series for the Voice of OC. She is part of El Centro Cultural de Mexico and currently serves as a Youth Steering committee member for Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities. In the summers, she helps coordinate Barrio Writers in Orange County, California.

Montaño comes from a mixed-status family and is currently facing housing insecurities which is her drive to question the ongoing development in her city that fails to prioritize community input.

Additionally Marilynn Montaño has been part of Barrio Writers since summer 2010, leading workshops in Orange County, Austin and Phoenix while being published in five editions of Barrio Writers books!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Barrio Writers 6th Edition & Summer 2015

Barrio Writers 6th Edition - Editor's Note


If you would’ve asked me in 2009 about the future of Barrio Writers, I would’ve said, “I just hope the youth show up.” Today, I know the youth always come through. We have served over two hundred youth in Orange County, California, Austin, Texas, and Phoenix, Arizona.

Barrio Writers continues to strive to raise substantial support in order to publish more youth, keep growing our programs through community partnerships and writing advisors. For the last two fall semesters we have been providing free workshops at Resistencia Bookstore in collaboration with the Travis County Juvenile Probation Department in Austin,Texas. Additionally, we have partnered with the Mexican American Studies Student Association (MASSO) at the University of Houston and dedicated professors at Stephen F.Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas to launch two new chapters summer 2015.

Since our beginning at El Centro Cultural de Mexico in Santa Ana, California five summers ago, we have evolved into 1-week intensive programs on university campuses and published five summers of writing in our Barrio Writers anthologies. We couldn’t be where we are without such a formative beginning.

As is the case with any book, the publishing process has been an overwhelming experience. But every time I witness a Barrio Writer stand behind a microphone, share their own words while holding the Barrio Writers book, the struggle seems small in comparison to the pride they exert. When SFA Press accepted the Barrio Writers book as one of their publications, I couldn’t help but gasp with excitement and cry with happiness. Every year has been a challenge to collect enough funds to get the books to print. So it is with great pride and appreciation that I write this now. I am inspired by all the youth writings that paved the road for this 6th Edition. There are many people to thank in the last six years—too many to name but their dedication, donations, and generosity are found in the words of our youth.

Although we have incurred some losses and many changes along the way, it hasn’t gone without a lesson and forward momentum. My personal goal is to get the Barrio Writers books in classrooms across the nation. I also strive to establish a way to support our volunteer writing advisors. Summer 2015 will be the first year the Center of Mexican American Studies (CMAS) at the University of Texas at Austin offers a stipend for a student to volunteer as a Barrio Writers Writing Advisor. It has been our history with CMAS, that once they set the trend other universities step forward with support as well—CMAS was the first to host Barrio Writers on a university campus. Additionally, we hope our book royalties and community partners will continue to provide funds for bus passes, supplies, and snacks during the workshops. By providing access to such resources, our writing advisors stay focused on engaging our youth and developing mentoring opportunities. With consistent financial support through donations and book sales, the Barrio Writers program will continue to develop writers, leaders and scholars through youth empowerment and community building.

I am personally motivated by the words of Barrio Writer Ivan Dominguez to continue with these goals. He presented his writing at the UT Poetry Center as one of two Barrio Writers opening for award-winning authors ire’ne lara silva and Octavio Quintanilla on April 23rd, 2015. Just a couple days after we received notice that the Barrio Writers 5th edition was a finalist for the “Best Educational Young Adult Book” by the International Latino Book Awards and Ivan was one of the writers in the collection. In a follow-up panel discussion, CantoMundo Founder, Celeste Guzman Mendoza asked Ivan how writing impacted his life, in his response he said,“Barrio Writers made me a better adult.” I was taken back by his statement and immediately reflected on my own actions and frustrations as a writer. I realized I kept writing because I insist on empowering the youth to write. So in a way, we all must share our stories to be better adults and invest in our community.

As a community, we will bridge the gap between our youth, cultural pride and higher education; through collaboration we will cultivate diversity in and out of the classroom, raise role models, and offer a new voice in literature. After all, we wouldn’t be Barrio Writers if we let the self-named “high society” dictate what and how we write. So in the spirit of Barrio Writers, we must “throw up on paper,” challenge stereotypes, and deliver a counter narrative to reinstate our existence—through the outstanding beings and valid experiences of our youth, because in their words we discover our future and a reflection of ourselves.

Sarah Rafael García
Barrio Writers founder

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