Saturday, January 11, 2014

Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs
Saturday January 18th           1-3PM
“I Have Always Been Here”
Book signing, discussion and reception with poet, Christopher Carmona

"I Have Always Been Here" resists the lie that Chican@ language, culture, and people are somehow foreign to the American experience, for Chican@ ancestry is as much Native American -indigenous to the U.S. Southwest - as it is now European and African. A Chican@ Beat poet from the Rio Grande Valley of deep South Texas, Carmona explores his own discovery of this truth in this, his second poetry collection, written in a natural, engaging style.

This book is a mixture of poetry/flash memoir and stories that tell the journey of a poet from growing up in the border community of the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas to becoming socially and politically aware, and finally to today’s politically/racially charged world.  Weaving together beat, Chicano, and Native poetics, this book serves as a bridge between these seemingly different identities.  This book challenges the idea that Chican@s are immigrants to this land when most of them have had the empires change around them but we have never left.

Christopher Carmona is a Chican@ Beat poet. He was a nominee for the Alfredo Cisneros de Miral Foundation Award for Writers in 2011 and a Pushcart Prize nominee in 2013. He has been published in numerous journals and magazines. His first collection of poetry called beat was published by Slough Press and his second book, I Have Always Been Here is published by Otras Voces Press. Currently he is the organizer of the Annual Beat Poetry and Arts Festival and the coordinator of the Writers Live Series at the University of Texas at Brownsville.

This event is free and open to the public.
Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard  5505 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX
For information call us at 956-433-5057

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