Belated Día De Madres Podcast

Public reading in Tucson on May 4th 2012

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30 Minutes with Ana Castillo – KXCI

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San Francisco this Saturday

SAN FRANCISCO MAY 12th
KEY NOTE: 9:30 A.M. TALK BY ANA CASTILLO
Book Signing to follow
4 P.M. YOUNG GODDESS PANEL: READING
Book Signing to follow

2012 Conferrence
Creating the Chalice: Imagination and Integrity
in Goddess Studies

Topics include: Place Wisdom, Womanism, Cultural Appropriation, Archaeomythology, Matriarchal Studies, Women in Publishing, Visionary Films, Restorative Feminism.

Conference features Film Series, Workshops, and Marketplace.

If you’d like to join us, here’s the link to the ASWM web site for registration, and program updates: http://womenandmythology.wordpress.com/2012-national-conference/

SAN FRANCISCO MAY 12th

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May 4th Friday Tucson Fight Unconstitional Laws in Arizona

Tucson Schools Slam Door on Ana Castillo
By Matthew Rothschild, April 30, 2012

The public school administrators in Tucson have taken censorship to new heights.

First, they banned Mexican American Studies.

Then, they actually yanked books out of the classroom that were on the Mexican American Studies reading list.

Then they fired the head of Mexican American Studies, Sean Arce. He told Juan Gonzalez of Democracy Now that “this was an act of retaliation” because he had denounced Arizona’s law against ethnic studies as “unconstitutional” and “discriminatory.”

And now the people who run the Tucson Unified Scool District have prevented Ana Castillo from coming to talk to the students in the schools. Castillo, the author of “Loverboys” and “So Far from God,” is an American Book Award winner. She volunteered to come to Tucson at her own expense to “try to bring healing” on this issue, as Jeff Biggers reported on Huffington Post.

But the Tucson Unified School District said no.

Fortunately, the Latino literary community in Tucson and others who value free speech and academic freedom have rallied to bring Ana Castillo to town anyway, Biggers noted.

On May 4, she’s going to meet privately with students and then give a public reading.

And on May 5, she’ll be appearing at another public event.

“They can take my books out of the schools and they can keep me out of the schools,” Castillo told The Progressive. “But as a law-abiding citizen, they cannot keep me out of Tucson.”

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Huffington Post on Ana Castillo’s forthcoming visit to Tucson

Tucson High School Blocks Renowned Author Ana Castillo’s Visit: Community Hosts Events/Fundraiser
Posted: 04/27/2012 10:52 am

In a stunning rejection of celebrated author Ana Castillo’s offer to read and speak with Tucson high school students next week, Tucson Unified School District administrators added a new chapter to the nation’s most troubling censorship crackdown and dismissed any overtures for healing in the torn community.

A widely sought speaker on the national lecture circuit, the renowned poet and novelist, whose beloved stories are read throughout schools in Tucson and Arizona, had offered to waive her honorarium and travel to Tucson on her own dime, as part of a special effort to bring “healing to all sides.”

According to Tucson High School literature teacher Curtis Acosta, whose now outlawed Mexican American literature courses drew praise on CNN for their healing role in the aftermath of the tragic Tucson shooting last year, TUSD Assistant Superintendent Abel Morado turned down Castillo’s extraordinary opportunity over concerns that the national media would accompany the author.

Despite the fact that the New York Times recently profiled author Matt de la Peña’s visit to Tucson High School, Morado applied a different standard to Castillo and her host teacher Acosta, a former Mexican American Studies teacher under unparalleled scrutiny and district/state surveillance. Last week, in fact, according to a Tucson High student that preferred to remain anonymous, Arizona Department of Education representatives made an unannounced visit to former Mexican American Studies classrooms, “looking over people’s shoulders” and largely disrupting study with comments and note-taking.

Acosta called the denial of the author’s visit “odd and hypocritical due to the exact similarities to Mr. de la Peña’s visit, I am not sure how the situation is any different except for the fact that I was a former MAS teacher asking for permission, since I am sure that Dr. Castillo being Chicana could not be the reason. Certainly TUSD isn’t going down the route of banning women writers.”

Author of several celebrated novels, among other acclaimed collections of poetry, essays and stories, and a well-known artist, Castillo also earned a doctorate in American Studies. Former Tucson novelist Barbara Kingsolver wrote in the LA Times that Castillo’s So Far From God novel ranked alongside the work of Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez and was “delightful.”

In an email response to the TUSD debacle, Castillo noted:

My own world as a child opened through my love of reading. The greatest void was never finding books remotely reflecting my life, culture or experiences. I always tell young writers and poets I don’t care what you read just read, read, read. Read what you love and read out of your comfort zone. This is how our minds grow and how we connect with the world. Humanity has much more in common than not. I will add that with my last novel (The Guardians, Random House, 2008) a story that deals with the disappearance of a man crossing without papers, I have experienced ongoing antagonism. I believe that people fixed on their prejudices and political agendas resisted the humanity in the story.

“Castillo’s importance to Latina letters cannot be overstated,” publisher and poet Bryce Milligan noted, whose fellow author Carmen Tafolla was recently appointed San Antonio’s poet laureate. Castillo’s “poetry,” according to Milligan, “often seems more about healing those very wounds that invigorate her fiction.”

In a reign of censorship and blatant racism carried out by TUSD superintendent John Pedicone, TUSD’s extraordinary purge of Mexican American literature, on the other hand, has turned the once vibrant literary town into an Orwellian mess. Along with the nationally denounced confiscation and banishment of Mexican American literature and history textbooks, TUSD officials also attempted to derail the annual Cesar Chavez March, fired Mexican American Studies director Sean Arce at a nearly 3-hour school board meeting where an array of speakers spoke on his behalf and the importance of respecting the city’s diverse literature and heritages.

In fact, in the face of TUSD’s latest crackdown, the Tucson community rallied in support of Castillo’s unique offer.

Acosta noted:

I am pleased to say that where TUSD failed to appreciate the opportunity for an American Book Award winning writer to teach and share her own writing expertise with our students, our community has not faltered. Save Ethnic Studies, Tucson-Pima Public Libraries, Casa Libre, Antigone Books, and other community members have been busy creating a wonderful literary experience for our students and all of Tucson for Cinco de Mayo weekend.

On Friday May 4, students will get to meet with Dr. Castillo privately receive books paid for by local sponsors. This will be followed by a free public reading and Q & A at 6:30pm with Ana Castillo at the John Valenzuela Youth Center 1550 South 6th Avenue, South Tucson.

Save Ethnic Studies will be having a private reception at 8:30pm that evening following the reading to raise funds for our continued legal challenge of HB2281 and to revive Mexican American Studies.

On Cinco de Mayo, there will be another opportunity for people interested in supporting Mexican American Studies, the lawsuit, and the student-plaintiffs. We will be having a casual breakfast and meet-and-greet with Ana Castillo from 9am-10:30am at Raices Taller before Dr. Castillo presents a private workshop for students and teachers who have been sponsored by donors for a three hour writing experience focusing on memoirs of school days.

This is an affirmation that TUSD has it wrong and that this community is firmly behind MAS and there should be no shame in our history, our culture, our stories, or our writers and artists.

“Once innocence — an all too-brief state of being, if such a one exists — encounters experience, it is transformed,” Castillo wrote in her short story collection Loverboys. “If that transformation is understood, it becomes knowledge. And if that knowledge is employed, then it becomes wisdom.”

Perhaps TUSD will one day embrace such wisdom instead of fear and censorship for their own students and community.

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Tucson 4 de mayo. Join Us!

 

 

 

 

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Tucson Reading Free to Public, May 4th

PRESS RELEASE:
Thursday, April 19, 2012
RENOWNED CHICANA AUTHOR ANA CASTILLO TO READ FROM HER BANNED BOOKS IN TUCSON ON MAY 4TH
Editor: More news coming out of Tucson, Arizona.

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RENOWNED CHICANA AUTHOR ANA CASTILLO TO READ FROM HER BANNED BOOKS IN TUCSON ON MAY 4TH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19, 2012

Contact:
Brianda Bustamante
(520) 260-2048 cell
Curtis Acosta
(520) 891-7327

Tucson, Ariz. – Renowned Chicana poet, essayist, novelist and author of So Far From God, Ana Castillo will be giving a reading from books banned by TUSD to Mexican American Studies students and the general public on Friday May 4th at 6:30pm at the John Valenzuela Youth Center in South Tucson. A question and answer segment will follow the reading.

Ms. Castillo offered to visit the actual classrooms in TUSD and meet the students of the dismantled MAS classes. Unfortunately, TUSD administration continued their discriminatory behavior toward MAS students by banning the media from recording Ms. Castillo’s visit, although media had been allowed access for similar author visits earlier in the year.

Ms. Castillo who was saddened by TUSD’s response said today that, “they can keep me out of the schools but as a U.S. law abiding citizen they cannot keep me out of Tucson.” In reaction, a community venue became the obvious choice for the Tucson community for all to attend. Before the actual reading Ms. Castillo will meet separately with students who were enrolled in MAS classes at 5:30pm, and discuss her writing which was a pivotal part of the program.

What: Ana Castillo Public Reading

When: Friday, May 4th, 6:30 pm

Where: John Valenzuela Youth Center, 1550 S 6th Avenue, South Tucson, AZ 85713~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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San Francisco Flash Fiction Workshop


MAY 12 2012 Saturday 2 – 4 p.m.
Apply: anacastilloworkshops@gmail.com
Limit 10
Cost: $150.
Advanced registration required.

SUBSCRIBE TO THE ZINE: LA TOLTECA AND GET A 20% DISCOUNT IF ACCEPTED TO THIS WORKSHOP

Check out “Bocaditos” by Ana Castillo, flash fiction collectors’ publication, Wings Press; San Antonio, 2010.

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May 4th TUCSON READING & FUND RAISER

THEY CAN TAKE MY BOOKS OUT OF THE SCHOOLS

THEY CAN KEEP ME OUT OF THE SCHOOLS
AS A U.S. LAW ABIDING CITIZEN THEY CANNOT KEEP ME OUT OF TUCSON.
ANA CASTILLO TO READ FREE AND ATTEND A FUND RAISER FOR THE LEGAL DEFENSE AGAINST THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL DISMANTLING OF MEXICAN AMERICAN STUDIES IN THE T.U.S.D. MAY 4, 2012. FOR INFO: ac@anacastillo.com
See you there!

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LAST CALL TAOS & CHIMAYO–20% Disc. THIS WEEK~!

MY WORKSHOPS TO THE PUBLIC WON’T GO ON INDEFINITELY AND MOST LIKELY NEVER NEXT DOOR TO YOU. IF YOU PLAN ON APPLYING BECAUSE YOU LOVE MY WORK AND YOU LOVE TO WRITE DON’T HESITATE.
JUMP IN YOUR RANCFLA, EL GREYHOUND OR CATCH THE JET BLUE…SCRATCH THAT, OTHER CHEAP FLIGHT AND JOIN ME.
AFTER NEW MEXICO– 5o de mayo: TUCSON (YES, THEY CAN BAN MY BOOKS, THEY CAN KEEP ME OUT OF THE SCHOOLS BUT NOT ANA CASTILLO FROM THEIR CITY), SAN FRANCISCO 12 MAYO, AND IN SEPTEMBER SALT LAKE CITY. ¡ESPERO VERL@S!


Holy Week Writing Workshops in northern New Mexico
Rancho la Fina celebrates 39 baby lambs!

Come visit the chashmere goats on an age old Taos ranchito run and managed by mujeres.

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Holy Saturday late breakfast included at the historical Trujillo home now B & B. El Mesón de la Centinela.

Whatever your religious or spiritual beliefs we are entering the first full moon after Spring Equinox–a universal, ancient time of rejuvenation and blessings. Come, break bread and write with us. IF YOU APPLY NOW WITH A FRIEND YOU WILL BOTH RECEIVE A 20% DISCOUNT ON THE $150 FEE AND ANY PRODUCTS ON SALE by la Maestra Ana Castillo. $5 extra off if you subscribe to my zine too: La Tolteca.

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2 Holy Week Workshops in New Mexico 2012

anacastilloworkshops@gmail.com
Next week at Rancho Fina, Taos and Mesón de la Centinela in Chimayó–beautiful locations, meals included! Breathe the fresh air of northern New Mexico and walk on its sacred land during these writing workshops!
Sign up NOW–WORKSHOPS ARE TUESDAY EVENING and HOLY SATURDAY.

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