designed by Laura Longoria

Sunday April 25, 2010 2 to 4 pm
Avenue 50 Studio131 Avenue 50, Highland Park 323.258.1435 

Cohosted by Laura Longoria & Don Newton

Ron Baca was born and raised in Boyle Heights. He draws inspiration
from the writings and activism of Jimmy Santiago Baca, Luis Rodriguez, Sandra Cisneros, Amiri Baraka, artist Linda Arreola’s “Vaguely Chicano”, Paul Robeson’s “Here I Stand” & the vibrancy of the Chicano Movement for self determination. His all time favorite poem is “Stupid America” by Abelard Delgado. Ron is a regular reader at La Palabra and was a founding member of the Echo Space Poets Collective at the Eastside Café. He lives in University Hills with an aviary of parakeets and a hillside garden which he shares with his son and daughter.

mixed media by Linda Arreola

Sesshu Foster has taught composition and literature in East LA for
25 years. He has also taught writing at the University of Iowa, CalArts, UC Santa Cruz, and Naropa. His work has been published in The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry, Language for a New Century: Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond, and State of the Union: 50 Political Poems. He is currently collaborating with artist Arturo Romo-Santillano and other writers on the website Sesshu’s most recent books are novel Atomik Aztex and World Ball Notebook, which won the 2009 Asian American Literary Award for Poetry, both published by City Lights.

mixed media by Linda Arreola