Fingers Crossed for the Endangered Literature Class

By Megan McNaughton
FROM: The Corsair

BridgetteWith her long purple dress, aqua hair, and strong spirit, Professor Bridgette Robinson walks into Santa Monica College’s (SMC) Drescher Hall 212, greets her English 1 class, and begins to read along to Asha Bandele and Patrisse Cullors’ novel “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir.” She easily commands the attention of the room; her students sit on the edge of their seats listening.

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The Free Black Women’s Library Comes To L.A.

By Brian Dunlap

52961850_812852552409523_4440635393926234112_nThe Free Black Women’s Library has arrived in Los Ángeles. They are the L.A. chapter of The Free Black Women’s Library, founded in Brooklyn in 2015 by Ola Ronke Akinmowo. The aim of this library is to provide “a free, feminist pop-up library and book swap with Black women writers at the center,” as their mission states.

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Exhibit Honoring Late Writer Michele Serros Opens at California State University, Channel Islands

By Tracy Lehr
FROM: KEYT

downloadOxnard-born poet and writer Michele Serros left some of her prized possession to California State University, Channel Islands. They went on display on Valentine’s Day, her favorite holiday.

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FALL IN LOVE WITH YESIKA SALGADO: SILVER LAKE’S FAT, FLY, SALVADORAN POET

by ASTRID
FROM: LA Taco

PoetMangoes fill Yesika Salgado’s poetry in the same way Jacaranda trees blossom throughout her hometown in Silver Lake. She is a poet and activist emerging as the Sentimental Boss Bitch many have come to know and adore for gaslighting toxic masculinity on Instagram with heartfelt poems and screenshots.

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Los Lobos’ Louie Perez Talks Musical Memoir ‘Good Morning Aztlan’: Exclusive

The band’s founding member reflects on growing up Chicano & being an artist.

by Catalina Maria Johnson
From: Billboard

louie-perez-press-photo-2018-a-billboard-1548About 40 years ago, four musicians in a high school rock band decided to learn the Mexican standard “Las Mañanitas” to regale one of the band member’s moms on her birthday. Daunted by how difficult that proved to be — they had underestimated the complexity of their musical culture — the young East LA born-and-bred Chicanos decided to frame their Mexican roots music in rock ‘n’ roll and R&B grooves. And so, the iconic, multi-Grammy-winning band Los Lobos was born.

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Kima Jones, the Founder of Jack Jones Literary Arts, Is Taking the Publishing Industry by Storm

By Lovia Gyarkye
From: New York Times

merlin_142575327_77a5902c-41c4-460e-a69d-16ed6fa02b95-articleLargeWhen Kima Jones, an independent publicist based in Los Angeles, agreed to help the poet Tyehimba Jess with his publicity campaign for his second collection, “Olio,” she knew it would be a breakout work.

“I was still a baby publicist. I did not have a long list of clients. I didn’t have a long list of contacts,” Jones said. “But I believed in the book from the beginning and what I really believed in was that it was genre-defying poetry.” In 2017, “Olio” won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.

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‘THE POET LAUREATE OF THE STRUGGLE’: WHY MATT SEDILLO IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE BEST POLITICAL POETS IN AMERICA

by Astrid
From: L.A. Taco

matt-sedillo-poetMatt Sedillo is a Chicano poet, writer, creative director, and public intellectual called “the poet laureate of the struggle” by Dr. Paul Ortiz and “the best political poet in America” by investigative journalist Greg Palast. He has been featured in over 80 colleges and universities and various media outlets including All Def Digital, Los Angeles Times, and C-SPAN.

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