POETIC ARTE! A poetry circle
for Shifra Goldman
1, 2010, 7 – 9pm
Eric Garcia, Shifra's son, will open the night with a musical
selection for the evening
Jesus Trevino, filmmaker, will read from his memoir
Avenue 50 Studio, 131 North Ave 50, Highland Park, 90042
More than three decades ago, art scholar Shifra Goldman began writing critical
analysis of Chicano and Latin American art that broke new ground. She was among
the first in the early 1970s to call for the conservation of the Siqueiros
mural “America Tropical” in downtown L.A.’s Olvera
Street. Her books include Dimensions of the Americas, Contemporary Mexican
Painting in a Time of Change. Goldman is currently ailing with advanced
Alzheimer’s. We gather for a poetry reading to help push Shifra Goldman’s
ideas and writings into the 21st century and to reaffirm the connection between
poetry and visual art.
Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is a native Angelino poet with an MFA
from Antioch University, Los Angeles. In the past she has volunteered to teach
creative writing to women in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center,
and she continues to research and write on U.S. immigration and detention at
her blog: xochitljulisa.blogspot.com. She performs and organizes readings around
the L.A. area as a member of Hollywood Institute of Poetics, and just recently
as a curator for Beyond Baroque. She has been nominated for a 2009 Pushcart
Award. Her poetry has been published in Los Angeles Review, PALABRA, Calaveras
Fronterizas (Mouthfeel Press), Glass: Journal of Poetry, and The Umbrella Journal.
She is head poetry editor of the online journal, The Splinter Generation.
Gloria Alvarez is a Chicana poet/intermedia artist, literary
translator and curator, presently teaches creative writing and works as a
consultant in public schools, universities, libraries, museums, and art centers.
Her literary/artistic efforts have been recognized by the CAC, National Endowment
for the Arts, Cultural Affairs Department, City of L.A.,COLA Award and Poets & Writers,
Inc., among others. She has published and read widely in the U.S., Latin
America and Europe. Her books of poetry in English and Spanish include La
Excusa/The Excuse and Emerging en un Mar De Olanes. Her poetry has been published
in various anthologies and numerous periodicals.
Ramon Garcia joined the CSU Northridge Chicana/o Studies
Department in 1999. In 2006-2007 he was Associate Chair of the department.
He has published in the areas of literary studies, visual culture and cultural
studies; he has also published poetry and fiction in journals and anthologies,
including Story, Margie: The American Journal of Poetry, Ambit (UK) and the Los Angeles
Review. His scholarly work and his poetry have been included in anthologies
such as The Chicana/o Studies Cultural Reader and The Floating Borderlands: 25
Years of Hispanic Literature in the United States In 2001 he was awarded a
National Endowment for the Humanities research fellowship. His current
research involves identity, photography and poetry.
Adolfo Guzman-Lopez co-founded the performance group The
Taco Shop Poets in 1994. The group toured nationwide and appeared in Edward
James Olmos’s Americanos documentary. Adolfo’s poetry appears in Geography
of Rage, an anthology about the L.A. Riots and Chorizo Tonguefire. Since 2000
he’s been a reporter at Southern California Public Radio. His reporting
has been recognized with the regional Edward R. Murrow, L.A. Press Club Radio
Journalist of the Year, and the Ruben Salazar awards.
George Kalmar was born in Slovakia and immigrated with his
family to Philadelphia in 1965. His early interests have always been in art
and poetry and he continued to work as a sculptor and poet throughout the past
40 years. He completed his undergraduate work in English at Temple University
in Philadelphia and his graduate work in Creative Writing at Indiana University,
Bloomington. He has exhibited his work in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Bangkok, New
Mexico and Los Angeles. His poems have been published in a number of journals;
and he has held poetry readings in Los Angeles, most recently at Artcore and
at the Valley Contemporary Poets.