We are pleased to announce that Dr. Spencer Herrera and co-author Levi Romero, the New Mexico Centennial Poet Laureate, will headline the 35th annual Southwest PCA/ACA conference’s keynote speakers series. Their recently published book, Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland (UNM Press), is a collection of essays, poems, and photographs that takes the reader on a journey across the Hispano Southwest United States.
As their book describes, Un lugar sagrado, a sacred place where two or more are gathered in the name of community, can be found almost anywhere – and yet it is elusive: a charro arena behind a rock quarry, on the pilgrimage trail to Chimayó, a curandero‘s shrine in South Texas, or at a bi-national Mass along the border. Sagrado is neither a search for identity nor a quest for a homeland but an affirmation of an ever-evolving cultural landscape. Embedded at the heart of this remarkable book, in which prose, photographs, and poems complement each other, is a photopoetic journey across the Chicano Southwest.
Acclaim for Sagrado
“Sagrado’s three talented artists represent the best in contemporary Chicano poetry, art and history. One of the most important books I’ve read recently.”
– Rudolfo Anaya
“These poems are photos, these photos are poems, and together with the historical testimony that reads delicious as cuento, they are prayers said on behalf of others. A book to teach with or to teach ourselves things we forgot. Wise, heartfelt, generous, grace-filled, and, above all, created with love. And everybody knows whatever is made with love siempre sale bonito. A thousand and one blessings to the artists for this labor from el corazón.”
– Sandra Cisneros
KRWG Fronteras interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2HWgf49oHE
Join us for this exciting event… Thursday evening, February 20, 2014