Category Archives: Huizache News

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?

Spotlight on Las Cafeteras

Here at HUIZCAHE’s La Capirotada, we’ll occasionally feature a favorite musician or group who embodies in music the spirit of what we’re doing on the page. Today, we turn the spotlight on East LA’s Las Cafeteras.

From their website: “Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and a community-focused political message. Their Afro-Mexican rhythms, zapateado & inspiring lyrics tell stories of a community who is looking for love & fights for justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. A remix of traditional Son Jarocho sounds, LAS CAFETERAS add Afro-Caribbean marimbol and cajón, poetry in English and Spanglish, and instruments like jarana, requinto, a donkey jawbone and a wooden platform called the Tarima.”

Named “Best Latin Alternative Band -2013” by LA Weekly, heralded as a “local band we love” by KCRW, and featured by the LA Times, NPR, Los Angeles Magazine, and the BBC, Las Cafeteras are currently touring the West Coast, with shows scheduled for San Francisco,  Watsonville, Oakland, Sacramento, Eugene,  Mt. Vernon,  Vancouver, and Seattle.

You can follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

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.”

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Alex Espinoza Wins American Book Award

Alex Espinoza has won a 2014 American Book Award for his novel The Five Acts of Diego León. The award, presented by the Before Columbus Foundation, “respects and honors excellence in American literature without restriction or bias with regard to race, sex, creed, cultural origin, size of press or ad budget, or even genre.”


Espinoza’s story “Scenes from the Films of Orlando Real” – from an earlier version of Diego León – appeared in HUIZACHE’s debut issue.

HUIZACHE’s Fourth Issue!

10646752_896800393680872_2034721228239076362_nHUIZACHE is back, with our biggest (and dare we say best?) issue yet! Our fourth issue features prose by Yvette Benavides, Maria DeGuzmán, Rolando Hinojosa, Dana Johnson, Rubén Martinez, and Maceo Montoya (among others); poetry by Roberto Castillo Udiarte, Tameka Cage Conley, Sandra Cisneros, Carmen Giménez Smith, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Yona Harvey, Terrance Hayes, Sheryl Luna, and Danny Romero (and many more); and a cover by  infamous cartoonist—and soon-to-be yet more notorious when his animated TV show “Bordertown” appears this coming spring on the Fox network—Lalo Alcaraz.

How can we not love that HUIZACHE has its own punk Frida?

A magazine rooted and produced in the Latino West, HUIZACHE represents the finest and most beautiful of those who are not born and bred on the right land, in the right cities, who are too often and too dismissively ignored. HUIZACHE proudly highlights those whose homes too many fly over or drive past quickly and distractedly, missing, as in the desert, the stunning complexity in the brown soil.

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