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La Tolteca 2.0 Issue #7: ¡Qué viva la música! October 2, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

La Tolteca 2.0 #7                October 2, 2020 Bien venidos/as to L/T 2.0 #7.  You don’t have to be a Boomer to check us out, contribute or identify with the creatives–thrivers and survivors of these most unprecedented of times–that we feature.  If you are, however, we are here for you.  In these United States we are in the midst of national elections during a world pandemic.  Climate change has…

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Poet in NY w/ rebozos y chales 2017-2020 September 5, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

           Remembering my days in NYC 2017-20 through the rebozos  y chales…           The traditional rebozo has been used by Mexican indigenous and mestizas for centuries.  It is utilitarian, symbolic of tribal. and regional affiliations, represents our femininity, humbleness and our pride. Yes, I was writing poems.  The collection is called:  My Book of the Dead.        

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Between the World and Me: Recommended Book Read August 27, 2020 – Posted in: Blog, recent

When I read BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME at times I was unable to get through passages because my eyes welled with tears and memories of growing up, becoming an adult brown woman in the United States–from mid-twentieth century through the 21st and sharing the pain of being born in a world not meant for you.

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Sí, pendeja. We do care. August 26, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

  Einstein Visa Awardee Melania Trump (who worked illegally in this country and after her powerful husband arranged a visa which thereby deprived a truly brilliant person of a visa, and immediately after, she brought over her parents, who last night said she came here, studied and worked hard to get her citizenship) and who mainly regards each official business appearance as a fashion photo shoot may have been going for the Elizabeth II WWII,…

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Massacre of the Dreamers 20th anniversary edition August 23, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

Includes new introduction by Clarissa Pinkola-Estes and an Addendum essay by Ana Castillo, “The Real and True Meaning of the Virgin of Guadalupe,” recipient of the ASA’s Gloria Anzaldúa Award for independent scholarship. Castillo revisits her reflections on Chicana activism, spiritual practices, sexual attitudes, artistic ideology, labor struggles, and education-related battles. Her book remains a compelling document, enhanced here with a new afterword that reexamines the significance of Our Lady of Guadalupe.”  BUY NOW “Castillo…

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La Tolteca 2.0 #4 Aug.21, 2020 August 21, 2020 – Posted in: Blog, recent

Issue #4, August 21, 2020 Welcome to our fourth issue.  Featured here are Chi-Town creatives!  So much is happening in Chicago this summer.  We send our love & hope for continued strength to that American of American cities. Included in this issue we introduce Creative Guadalupe Chairez. Also included poets Marcelo Castillo, Mary K. Hawley and Mike Puican, Academic and Curandera Laura de los Santos, and Writer Sandra Jackson-Opoku   We are celebrating life in…

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A Storm Upon Us, poem by Ana Castillo, 2015. August 10, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

And when the storm is upon you,

when it has destroyed your homes,

and your children are not fine

and your dreams of golden roses and bright days are nowhere

but in the pages of a storybook,

we will be content in our heavens eating peeled

grapes, sipping fine wines from our vineyards of abundance,

sitting on our thrones,

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