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Tim Seibles Becomes Virginia’s Poet Laureate

Tim Seibles (Old Dominion)

Tim Seibles, a contributor to the debut issue of Huizache, has just been named Poet Laureate of Virginia by Governor Terry McAullife (whose name you might recognize as one of the Clintons’ biggest political partners, but that is another story). We are proud to have shown off his work and prouder still to see his career doing so well!

The official announcement from the Governor’s office is pretty cool (you can also find out who was named to the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park Authority!). More info comes from the press release from Old Dominion, where Tim Seibles teaches (and from whom I stole the picture of Tim). And you can check out Tim’s page at The American Academy of Poets to learn more about his work.

Tameka Cage Conley’s “Rise” Debuts in Washington, DC

Tameka Cage Conley’s “Rise” – a cantata with music by Judah Adashi – premiered this weekend in Washington, DC. The Washington Post was there:

“The Cantate Chamber Singers , for a 30th anniversary season, gave a doozy of a commission: a cantata about race in America, focusing on the events of Selma, Ala., in 1965, but incorporating references to the whole range of subsequent history. The result, “Rise,” with music by Judah Adashi and poetry by Tameka Cage Conley, had its world premiere Sunday afternoon at the Metropolitan AME church in downtown Washington, with the elite Howard University vocal ensemble “Afro Blue” mingling its voices with Cantate’s chorus.”

Tameka Cage Conley’s fiction appeared in our third issue and her poetry in our fourth.


A “Tiny Desk Concert” with David Garza

And now, a Tiny Desk Concert with David Garza . . .

Felix Contreras notes that  “[b]eing a fan of [Davíd] Garza means accepting the world on his terms — and his world is filled with infinite musical possibilities. He’s got a tremendous collection of musical friends who call on him for his work as a backup musician in studio sessions and on stage. For example, he and vocalist Gaby Moreno (already a Tiny Desk veteran) have been touring together lately, and you get a taste of her powerful voice as she joins Garza here.”

The set list includes  the songs Texas Is My Hometown, Discoball World, and  Malagueña Salerosa.

And did we mention that Garza was a contributor to HUIZACHE’s debut issue?

Perdomo, Tobar Among NBCC Finalists

Two HUIZACHE contributors are among the finalists for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award, announced on Monday, January 19.

In the poetry category, Willie Perdomo has been named for “The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon” (Penguin Books). Other finalists in the category are Saeed Jones, Claudia Rankine, Christian Wiman, and Jake Adam York.

In the nonfiction category, Héctor Tobar has been named for “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle that Set Them Free” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Other finalists in the category are  David Brion Davis, Peter Finn and Petra Couvee;  Elizabeth Kolbert; and  Thomas Piketty.

Perdomo appeared in HUIZACHE’s debut issue and Tobar in our third issue. Congratulations to both!

Remembering Michele Serros

Writer, spoken word artist, social commentator, and “Chicana role model” Michele Serros passed away at her home in Berkeley on January 4, 2015.

Serros reads.
Michele Serros reads at Pegasus Books, January 2012. Credit: Artnoose/Flickr

Serros’ first book Chicana Falsa and Other Stories of Death, Identity and Oxnard, a collection of stories and poetry, was published in 1994, while she was still a student at Santa Monica College. The book was later reissued by Riverhead Books. Her second book, the story collection How to be a Chicana Role Model, was published in 2000 and went on to become a Los Angeles Times best seller. More recently, she wrote two young adult novels (Honey Blonde Chica and Scandalosa!) about Mexican-American surfer girl Evie Gomez.

A multitalented writer and performer, Serros toured with Lollapalooza, produced a spoken word album (an audio version of Chicana Falsa), worked as a writer for the George Lopez Show, and provided commentaries for NPR.  She also contributed regularly to the Huffington Post, writing about the First Annual Latina Short Film Festival, Jonathan Winters, Chipotle’s “Cultivating Thought” series, and, in her final essay, her battle with cancer.

“It was always about barrios, borders and bodegas, and I wanted to present a different type of life, a life that truly goes on that we don’t always see in the mainstream media.” – Michele Serros

A roundup of reflections on Michele Serros’ life, work, and influence:

On his Facebook page, Huizache’s founding editor Dagoberto Gilb remarked, “Michele Serros was my friend. Heartbreaking to hear of her premature passing. So many stories to tell… May she ride a skateboard to peace.”

We are honored to have published Michele Serros’ “A Bedtime Story”  in our second issue; we’re sharing it with you now.

Terrance Hayes Named 2014 MacArthur Fellow

Congratulations to Terrance Hayes, who has been named as a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. Hayes’ poetry appears in HUIZACHE’s fourth issue.

Terrance Hayes 2014 MacArthur Genius Award FellowIn an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Hayes says of the award, “I’m dumbfounded. I really don’t know what to do with it. I’m glad to have a little time to think about it. I enjoy teaching, so my first response is to not take time off from teaching because it is so connected to my writing process. I’m glad money doesn’t spoil. I’ll figure it out. I’d like to help my community and my fellow poets. This is so overwhelming I can’t say what will come of it. I hope to continue to grow as a writer and I’ll think about how to make that happen with this honor.”

For more information, see: