Meet Juan Cardenas

FROM: VoyageLA

personal_photo-102-e1586613512535-1000x600Today we’d like to introduce you to Juan Cardenas.

Juan, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was originally born in Leon, Guanajuato Mexico and raised in the City of Van Nuys in San Fernando Valley, California. My story is about migration, displacement and belonging. Crossing the Tj border for the second time at 10, and not feeling welcomed by family or city left tremendous scar in my heart. It was when I discovered expression through art and writing that I was able to heal and discover who I am, and I always had been a Chicano.

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Venice Beachhead Interview with Poet Matt Sedillo

By Mike Bravo
FROM: Venice Beachhead

venice-beach-news-glowMatt, thanks for your time I know you’re a busy dude. I’ve never done one before but congratulations on being my first interview. I’ve known you for about 5 years now maybe. I feel I know you pretty well. How would you summarize yourself and your artistry for those that don’t know you?

For those that don’t know me I’m a poet, I write political poetry a political poet. I write a lot about the important and contentious issues that are facing us in this time and age. On top of that I’m a Chicano poet and very proud of being part of that lineage as well. I write a lot about the struggle of the Chicano peopl and the struggles of all working class people in general. I also write about topics surrounding the fact that we’re living on a planet that’s being destroyed by the very wealthy.

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Erased History, Forgotten Communities

Viramontes’ passion for bringing erased communities to the forefront of literature and history has materialized into several acclaimed literary works.

By Jackie Swift
FROM: research.cornell.edu

downloadHelena María Viramontes, English, brings people and places erased from history to life again. For years, she has focused her lens on the Latino experience in the United States, writing award-winning fiction that draws from her own heritage as a Chicana from Los Angeles. In her latest novel-in-progress, The Cemetery Boys, she explores the experiences of three generations of East Los Angelenos mired in three different wars. During this exploration, she highlights the mix of ethnicities and marginalized communities that flourished and then faded away in the California of the early-to-mid twentieth century.

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