On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, Broken Sword Publications was invited to the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA to discuss the book, Lowriting: Shots, Rides & Stories from the Chicano Soul.
Nine of us presented a panel that included readings from the book and questions from the audience. This would be my first time at UCLA and being on campus took me back to my own college days in Denver.
The CSRC had a professional camera operator on hand and was kind enough to film the panel so that it could be preserved for future audiences. I’m glad they did because the event itself suffered from a few scheduling conflicts and the promotion for it could have been stronger. Still, the panel was amazing and bringing that group of people together felt not only good but historic.
That might sound pompous but you’d have to be there and walk through the CSRC halls and see all the history. To be there among that particular history – history deemed “illegal” or “too radical” in certain parts of the country – was an honor, and not only for myself but also for those on the panel.
The panel included: Santino J. Rivera (publisher/author), Art Meza (photographer/author), Emilio R. Medina (artist), Robert Anthony Flores (author), Tara Evonne Trudell (author/artist), Viva Flores (author), Noelle Reyes (author, entrepreneur), David Cid (author/activist) and Luis Rodriguez (author, poet laureate).
Also, to be there as an independent publisher and author was a different kind of honor for me. I’m not heavy into accolades from academic institutions or highbrow literary journals but I will say that it felt good to be recognized that day as a legitimate contributor to Chicana/o literature and history.
Anyway, the video is an hour and 45-minutes long. I have not watched it myself (I never do) but I can tell you that it was a blast to be there with my colleagues and friends. This presentation has some great stuff in it, including readings by poet Tara Evonne Trudell, which, in my opinion, are worth the price of admission themselves.
Please share this video with your networks. The panel did not receive the audience it deserved on that particular day but it has been frozen in time for all to see with an amazing video. Thank you UCLA!
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