CONCA's New Book Released

CONCA’s New Book Released

The long, hard, continuously revised and edited work that went into crafting the Coalition of New Chican@ Artists’ (CONCA) collaborative book has finally paid off in a big way. The book is titled “Nuevas Voces Poeticas: A Dialogue About New Chican@ Identities.” This book reflects the findings and results of CONCA’s extensive work throughout the entire border from the tip of South Texas all the way out west to Los Angeles, California.

We went on speaking events, round table discussions, poetry readings, conversations, interviews, presentations. At every one of these gatherings we found that people had a very vibrant and dynamic view and interest in all things Chican@ (Chicana/Chicano).

We set out with a few questions posed to audiences because we presented ourselves not as the single voices out there speaking of the new Chican@ reality, but just as a few of those voices. We recognized that there are many different, valid, unheard voices that should be allowed to speak. With this book we attempt to bring out those voices that perhaps in the past have been overlooked.

Identity is not a simple concept to grapple with, especially when the roots of our current common condition are so varied. Therefore, in an effort to elaborate something so complex we decided to start at the beginning of all puzzles: looking at the first pieces to see where they may fall by asking the most simple of questions and letting the audiences help us arrive at a view of what this puzzle could shape out to look like.

We did not define Chican@. We simply seek to reengage in the exploration of its current and future state of being.

To get your copy of this book please follow the link below. And please help us spread the word by sharing this post.

Thank you,

Gabriel H. Sanchez,

CONCA Director of Public Relations

CONCA Members: Isaac Chavarria, Rossy Evelyn Lima, Christopher Carmona, Gabriel H. Sanchez

Nuevas Voces Poeticas: A Dialogue About New Chican@ Identities

CONCA in LA -Hollywood!

CONCA in LA -Hollywood! 

CONCA has done it again. We are in the news and it’s just in time because the fall is approaching and with it a whole bunch of awesomeness brought to you by the Coalition of New Chican@ Artists. Starting in August with year three of the Ultimate Poetry Boxing Championship. But enough from me. I’ll let my new friend and up and coming force in the world of reporting, Tabatha T. from the Pan American newspaper fill you in proper-like.

Blessings,

GHS

It is incredible the feedback and enthusiasm that young people show for poetry and the creative process. Here are just a few scenes from the two most recent workshops provided by CONCA members:

Rossy Lima, author of Ecos de Barro, presented a workshop on Nahuatl poetry to much acclaim from the students and staff. She starts off by examining the  established love of poetry in the Americas long befor the presence of Western thought in this hemisphere.

Isaac Chavarria, author of Poxo, presented his workshop excercise which involves the game of “Loteria” which always seems to win first place as far as fun activities go.

Chris Carmona, author of I Have Always Been Here, Beat, and My (Mex)quite Beat Refried Revolution, engages students in “Poetry Calistenics” which is a series of verbal exercises with tongue twisting rhymes which leads to the formation of a collaborative poem; also loads of fun for the young kids.

I, Gabriel H. Sanchez, provide the final exercise on a self-exploration of the individual’s identity by talking about my family and culutural background and how it led to the poetry that comprises the work in my book “The Fluid Chicano.”

The students are then led to create a poem of their own at the end of each exercise which is inserted into their very own “CONCA Workshop Chapbook” which they keep as their first official poetry publication.

It is an honor and a  priviledge to be helping inspire in these young minds a little interest that can transform into a great result in the future for the stories of the border to be told by more and more of the people of this region.

(Some pictures were taken at the Llano Grande Center. Other pictures presented here were taken at Donna North High School and Donna High.)

Gabriel H.S.

CONCA Director of Public Relations

Students from the University of Brownsville, with CONCA in attendance, engaged in poetic discourse Thursday, May 7, 2015. The location was El Hueso de Fraile, a local coffee house/sandwich shop that transforms into a live music destination where those in attendance are allowed to bring in their own drinks after hours. In their own words stated on their Facebook page:

“El Hueso De Fraile is a family run, culture preservation center, which offers a unique atmosphere in south Texas. A delicious coffee or organic tea, a made from scratch, family recipe sandwich, and some delightful music and art from all cultures create the perfect lunch. Later, at night, the place embodies a candle light, warm, ambiance full of entertainment, and positive energy, where music of all kinds and and people of all ages and life paths coexist.”
More and more our region is being populated with a diverse mix of people with discerning tastes and critical minds who seek to exercise their creative talent on stage. We seek to help spur on this development of the arts along the U.S. – Mexico border and ask that others join us in support of the arts.
Photography by Isaac Chavarria

The Coalition of New Chican@ Artists visited the Donna High School to lead their “Young Hearts, Brave Voices Poetry Workshop” for an entire day on Monday, April 27. The students all poured their minds and everything in them into crafting out authentic pieces of literature that simply astounded us. These young minds will grow to be great creators of poetry and art. We look forward to keep working with public schools. It is always a pleasurable experience seeing fresh perspectives take shape.

Gabriel H. Sanchez

Below are some images of the sessions. Photography by Isaac Chavarria and Gabriel H. Sanchez

The Coalition of New Chican@ Artists (CONCA) will be conducting a full day poetry workshop with high school students at Donna High School on Monday 27, 2015. It will be a fun and productive day with students who have demonstrated in the past to be highly motivated. We look forward to work in this setting again. We will be posting pics and possibly video of the day’s work.

CONCA are Rossy Evelin Lima (Chief Operations Officer), Christopher Carmona (Artistic Director), Isaac Chavarria (Executive Director), and Gabriel H. Sanchez (Director of Public Relations).

Gabriel H. Sanchez

Chicanos in Exile

Posted: October 26, 2014 by conca1 in Uncategorized

(From The Raving Press’ blog “Cross Sections”)

The word “exile” is shown in a google search as the state of being barred from one’s country for political or punitive reasons. I was intrigued by this phrase:”…barred from one’s country…”. The argument can be made that one of the causes of the formation of the Chicano consciousness is the fact that Mexican/Americans and other Latin Americans as well have for a long time in the history of this country been marginalized people who have to deal with the realities of an undefined identity because of incarcerations, deportations, and even persecution at times. There are also the issues of racism and discrimination which are well documented in our history that constitute a very real sense of having for a long time been “barred from one’s country” in terms of having access to full participation culturally, politically, and socially. The only difference with a traditional understanding of the term is that a person in exile is typically seen as one who is also barred physically from their country of origin… (Visit site for full article.)