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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.

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

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Assist C.O.N.C.A.’s Kickstarter on this link

C.O.N.C.A. is fortunate enough to participate in conferences throughout Texas and is beginning to venture out to California and New Mexico. Along with our work providing community workshops and poetry events, we feel confident in our progress of expanding on the meaning of Chican@. 

Our progress can be further aided with a bit of financial assistance. Even though each C.O.N.C.A. member is a hard-working member of society, all expenses up to date have been out of pocket.  We expect to continuously work towards our cause but appreciate donations of any amount. 

We promise to update on our evolvement and provide details on how your donations are helping us create a forum for the people of the Rio Grande Valley as well as those who identify as Chican@, immigrante, indi@, or poch@.

Sincerely,

Los C.O.N.C.A. Members

Newest Reading Material

Posted: May 21, 2013 by conca1 in Uncategorized
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I just started reading this book, and this short review only covers the foreword and introduction.  I usually don’t enjoy reading the foreword and introduction because it gives/guides too much of the reading process. This happens in poetry books which I prefer reading in sporadic order.  

But in this case I read both and continue thinking much on ideas which are similar to the concept of the Nuev@ Chican@ Poetics group I participate in. William Luis, when talking about the ethnically diverse community he was raised in, says “When I look back, I did not feel comfortable accepting one identity over another but felt the need to embrace all of my multiple identities” (ix).  Although I didn’t grow up in an ethnically diverse area (the Rio Grande Valley is comprised of approximately 90% Mexican Americans), I do think of identities as the different types of Mexican Americans/Mexicans which exist, in particular because of social or economic status.

In the introduction, the concept is talked about a bit more by Blas Falconer and Lorraine M. Lopez who wrote “the former [Lorraine M. Lopez] probes the prejudice emanating from native Chicanos toward those who have emigrated recently from Mexico, suggesting that there are at least as many ways to be Chicano as there are to be Latino” (3). If this can be agreed upon then my questions are “what are these forms of Chicano?” and “What creates these differences?” Some of the answers may appear obvious, like the nature of a person’s upbringing.  But there’s probably more, and I’m interested in seeing the influences on identity.

Just some thoughts and as I continue reading I will post more.

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