Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore Receives California Arts Council “Local Impact” Grant

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Contact: Michael Centeno   michael@tiachucha.org  818-939-3433

Date:      July 16, 2015  9:00am

Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore Receives California Arts Council “Local Impact” Grant

Funds will allow Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore to extend the reach of the arts to those with limited access

SYLMAR, CA – The California Arts Council announced it plans to award $11,640 to Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore as part of its Local Impact program.

The Local Impact program fosters equity, access, and opportunity by providing project and partnership support for small arts organizations reaching underserved communities. All projects must extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations that have limited access to the arts.

Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural will produce the 11th annual outdoor literacy festival in the culturally underserved NE San Fernando Valley. The “Celebrating Words Festival (CWF): Written, Performed, and Sung” will take place in May 2016 at Pacoima City Hall, using its outdoor and indoor space. We host our festival in Pacoima because we know the arts and literacy are vital to the imagination, intellectual growth and healing of a community. By creating a free, dynamic, culturally relevant community festival highlighting the power of words – written, performed, and sung – our goal is to inspire and enhance the creative life of attendees. This event exposes a diverse audience to books, writers, poets and performers to a deserving audience. Artists are involved in our festival from start to finish, as the festival committee actively incorporates artists and their ideas in organizing all aspects of the festival – including performers, authors and poets, volunteers, panels, vendors, and more.

“We thank the California Arts Council for their generous support which will bolster our community based arts and literacy festival to revitalize the NE San Fernando Valley.”- Trini Rodriguez, Interim Executive Director

“California Arts Council grants support a wide range of projects that are crafted by each community to reflect their values and needs,” said Donn K. Harris, Chair of the California Arts Council. “It is always exciting to see what creative minds attempt to do when working collaboratively. With an increased state investment, we are able to further spark the powerful growth and prosperity that result from the deep arts engagement provided by our grant programs.”

To view a complete listing of all Local Impact grantees, visit http://arts.ca.gov/news/pressreleases.php.

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Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore is the only multi-arts cultural space and independent specialty bookstore in the Northeast San Fernando Valley with workshops in the visual arts, Mexika dance, music (including Son Jarocho Mexican musical tradition), writing, and theater, among others. The center also presents film screenings, Open Mics, author readings, art exhibits, healing workshops, indigenous cosmology, and community dialogues.

The Mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.

 

EXTENDED DEADLINE!

The Coiled Serpent: Poets arising from

the cultural quakes and shifts of Los Angeles

For national distribution, with a launch planned at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in early 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Tia Chucha Press is publishing an anthology of new and veteran Los Angeles-area poets, focusing on the city’s grand mosaic of voices and flavors in the first 15 years of the 21st century. AWP hosts the largest gathering of writers and teachers of writing in the country, with upwards of 14,000 participants.  This anthology will introduce the world to the vitality and variety of verse in the City of Angels, a city of poets.

Los Angeles has close to 60 percent people of color, 225 languages spoken at home, and some of the richest and poorest persons in the country.  TCP plans to capture the contrasts, divisions, but also the fusions and interlocutions that have created this most global of cities.  With an expansive 502.7 square miles of city (and beyond, including the massive county of 4,752.32 square miles), the poetry should draw on imagery, words, stories, and imaginations that are also vast, encompassing a real “leaves of grass.”

Tia Chucha Press is one of the country’s leading small cross-cultural poetry presses, now in its 25th year.  Now the publishing wing of the nonprofit Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley, TCP books are distributed by the prestigious Northwestern University Press.  TCP authors have gone on to win a National Book Award, a Jackson Memorial Award, a Paterson Poetry Prize, a PEN Josephine Miles Literary Award, and have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award.  They run the gamut of works by Elizabeth Alexander (President Obama’s first inaugural poet), Terrance Hayes, (National Book Award winner), Virgil Suarez, Kyoko Mori, Tony Fitzpatrick, Patricia Smith (National Poetry Slam Champion), Jose Antonio Rodriguez, Alison Luterman, Chiwan Choi, and Deborah A. Miranda, among others.

The image of the coiled serpent appears in various forms in mythologies throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, India, and the Americas.  In pre-conquest times, Quetzalcoatl—the Precious Serpent—served as a leading personification of earth-bound wisdom, the arts and eldership.

EXTENDED DEADLINE July 10, 2015, sent to Coiled Serpent Anthology, c/o Tia Chucha Press, 13197-A Gladstone Avenue, Sylmar CA 91342.  Hard copy or digital delivery is acceptable.  Any questions please leave message for Liana Cabrera at 818-939-3433 or write TCPress@tiachucha.org.

Poets are asked to send up to ten one-page poems. Shorter poems will allow us to have more poets represented.  TCP hopes to publish up to three of each poet’s best work—this may change to one poem depending on the number of quality submissions.

Payment will be in copies. The books will be distributed to bookstores, libraries, colleges, universities, the Internet, and other outlets.  The book will be 6 x 9, with a full color cover, 80 to 120 pages, permanent bound.

Editors for this anthology are:

Neelanjana Banerjee, managing editor at Kaya Press and co-editor of the award-winning “Indivisible: An Anthology of South Asian American Poetry” (University of Arkansas Press). Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Pank Magazine, The Rumpus, World Literature Today, the Literary Review, and more.

Daniel A. Olivas is the author of seven books including the award-winning novel, “The Book of Want” (University of Arizona Press). His first nonfiction book is “Things We Do Not Talk About: Exploring Latino/a Literature through Essays and Interviews” (San Diego State University Press). Olivas is also the editor of the landmark anthology, Latinos in Lotusland (Bilingual Press).

And Luis J. Rodriguez, founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and current Los Angeles Poet Laureate, who will also write the introduction.

A Call to Poets!

The Coiled Serpent: Poets arising from

the cultural quakes and shifts of Los Angeles

For national distribution, with a launch planned at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in early 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Tia Chucha Press is publishing an anthology of new and veteran Los Angeles-area poets, focusing on the city’s grand mosaic of voices and flavors in the first 15 years of the 21st century. AWP hosts the largest gathering of writers and teachers of writing in the country, with upwards of 14,000 participants.  This anthology will introduce the world to the vitality and variety of verse in the City of Angels, a city of poets.

Los Angeles has close to 60 percent people of color, 225 languages spoken at home, and some of the richest and poorest persons in the country.  TCP plans to capture the contrasts, divisions, but also the fusions and interlocutions that have created this most global of cities.  With an expansive 502.7 square miles of city (and beyond, including the massive county of 4,752.32 square miles), the poetry should draw on imagery, words, stories, and imaginations that are also vast, encompassing a real “leaves of grass.”

Tia Chucha Press is one of the country’s leading small cross-cultural poetry presses, now in its 25th year.  Now the publishing wing of the nonprofit Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley, TCP books are distributed by the prestigious Northwestern University Press.  TCP authors have gone on to win a National Book Award, a Jackson Memorial Award, a Paterson Poetry Prize, a PEN Josephine Miles Literary Award, and have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award.  They run the gamut of works by Elizabeth Alexander (President Obama’s first inaugural poet), Terrance Hayes, (National Book Award winner), Virgil Suarez, Kyoko Mori, Tony Fitzpatrick, Patricia Smith (National Poetry Slam Champion), Jose Antonio Rodriguez, Alison Luterman, Chiwan Choi, and Deborah A. Miranda, among others.

The image of the coiled serpent appears in various forms in mythologies throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, India, and the Americas.  In pre-conquest times, Quetzalcoatl—the Precious Serpent—served as a leading personification of earth-bound wisdom, the arts and eldership.

Deadline July 1, 2015, sent to Coiled Serpent Anthology, c/o Tia Chucha Press, 13197-A Gladstone Avenue, Sylmar CA 91342.  Hard copy or digital delivery is acceptable.  Any questions please leave message for Liana Cabrera at 818-939-3433 or write TCPress@tiachucha.org.

Poets are asked to send up to ten one-page poems. Shorter poems will allow us to have more poets represented.  TCP hopes to publish up to three of each poet’s best work—this may change to one poem depending on the number of quality submissions.

Payment will be in copies. The books will be distributed to bookstores, libraries, colleges, universities, the Internet, and other outlets.  The book will be 6 x 9, with a full color cover, 80 to 120 pages, permanent bound.

Editors for this anthology are:

Neelanjana Banerjee, managing editor at Kaya Press and co-editor of the award-winning “Indivisible: An Anthology of South Asian American Poetry” (University of Arkansas Press). Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Pank Magazine, The Rumpus, World Literature Today, the Literary Review, and more.

Daniel A. Olivas is the author of seven books including the award-winning novel, “The Book of Want” (University of Arizona Press). His first nonfiction book is “Things We Do Not Talk About: Exploring Latino/a Literature through Essays and Interviews” (San Diego State University Press). Olivas is also the editor of the landmark anthology, Latinos in Lotusland (Bilingual Press).

And Luis J. Rodriguez, founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and current Los Angeles Poet Laureate, who will also write the introduction.

Healing HeARTs: Gathering Our Medicine

heart

 

We are all healers. The will to heal is a bud in the heart, the act the flowering of love. Each can be medicine to themselves and others. The medicine is multiform; precise like acupuncture and boundless like a meditation session. It is the joke that incited riotous laughter among friends and family or the wailing of a wound stirred at the telling of your story. It is the yerba growing in your back yard plucked and made into tea or an ointment. It is danza, sage, copal, fire and smoke.

Yes. Healing happens everywhere and in many ways.

All are invited to gather info, witness demos, and connect with community-based healing practices.

This area is rich in caring hearts that give of themselves for the love of creating wellness.

Tap into the medicine! Open up your world! Options make a difference!

When: Saturday, February 28 from 2-5pm

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