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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.

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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

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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