CFP – In the Long Run: Luis J. Rodríguez’s Life and Literary Legacy

  Luis J. Rodríguez’s first collection of poetry, Poems Across the Pavement, was published in 1989, with journalism and individual poem publications preceding this book. But his testimonio, Always Running–La Vida Loca: Gang Days in LA, released in 1993 in the aftermath of the LA riots, garnered Rodríguez widespread national and international attention. Always Running is […]

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Día de los Muertos

Festivals, fiestas y celebraciones with a distinctly Latina/o feel are becoming more and more obvious in the United States as a large part of the population celebrate their heritage. One such fiesta has been happening this weekend – Día de los Muertos. Taking place over the weekend of 1st/2nd November, the Day of the Dead is […]

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Guest Blog: Helena Maria Viramontes and Me, by Niamh McNamara

The heady rush of political, cultural and social upheaval is forever linked to the 1960s and 1970s. The growing strengths of the Civil Rights movements in the United States saw hundreds of thousands of people gather together in protest against injustice and inequality. In the Californian countryside, Mexican American migrant farmworkers were making history with […]

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¡Chicano Primero! Student activism and the Chicano/a Movement

Students have long played a prominent role in social and political activism. On the afternoon of February 1, 1960, four students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, a black college in Greensboro, North Carolina, entered the local Woolworth’s department store where they were refused service at the lunch counter, an area reserved for […]

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