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spacer.gif   November 18: Palabra Pura at Decima Musa: Rita María Martínez and Luis Tubens
Posted by : cj on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 12:10 AM
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I just got back from the Paul Martinez Pompa book release party for My Kill Adore Him at Cafe Estrella and it was a gas. The place was so packed some people couldn't find a chair. The food looked really fancy and delicious. I had an order of sweet potato fries and they were soaked in some type of honey. Yummy. Here's a photo I took of Paul signing his book and another one of the mega-crowd.

While I was hanging out with some Chicago Poetry old schoolers, I had a bit of a chat with Mike Puican and he assured me that the Guild Complex is busy considering candidates for the position of Executive Director, with an announcement to be made most likely some time in December. Kurt Heintz was there and I am well aware that he is on the Guild's board. I would like to invite him to consider using the Guild's new beginning as an opportunity for the two of us to allow the water that has passed under the bridge to be forgotten. I for one have grown tired of the invisible wall that exists between us.

Here is some unrelated information about a very exciting upcoming Guild Complex event. (Well, it's actually sort of related since the first ever Palabra Pura featured reader was none-other than Paul Martinez Pompa.)

On Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 7:30 PM, the Guild Complex will be hosting another free Palabra Pura event at Décima Musa, 1901 S. Loomis. Palabra Pura is a long running bilingual poetry series hosted by Johanny Vasquez Paz. The featured poets for this all ages event include Rita María Martínez and Luis Tubens.

Rita María Martínez is the author of the poetry collection, Jane-in-the-Box (March Street Press, 2008). She is a graduate of Florida International University’s MFA Creative Writing Program. Martínez’s work has appeared in Gulf Stream, Ploughshares, Gargoyle, Diamgram, MiPoesias, and Tigertail, and Caña Quemada: Contemporary Cuban Poetry in English and Spanish (Simon & Schuster). Martínez is an Academic Services Writing Tutor at Nova Southeastern University. Luis Tubens is a Chicago born poet and photographer who has based his art on the experiences of living in the inner city. He produces cultural events on the themes of gentrification, ethic unity, workers rights, and gang violence. Luis or “Logan Lou” is the host of The Beat Gallery radio show on Radioarte WRTE

 
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