My Brown skin means fighting to be heard. My Brown skin means fighting to be seen. My Brown skin means fighting to be known. Do you hear the screams and cries of my Brown skin in cages? Or are they drowned out by the color of our faces? Did I do something wrong? Why are… Read More To Exist
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes continues their tradition of presenting the best of Los Angeles Latinx history, art and culture with En Casa con LA Plaza. Register on Zoom using the links below. Guests can also view live-streamed Sessions on their Facebook page. The series is sponsored by SoCalGas and California Humanities, https://lapca.org/en-casa-con-la-plaza-upcoming-zoom-sessions/
Last winter, after moping to everyone I knew that I hadn’t written anything all year worth typing up, I found a small notebook under a stack of old bills and flipped through the pages. It held the almost illegible scrawl of a poem I had written last year in April in a Tumblewords Project workshop… Read More Richie David Marrufo and the Tumblewords Project–writing and reading and music and reading and publishing and reading
One of fronterizo artist José Montoya’s powerful images is a color photograph titled “Resistance Dance.” It depicts a dancer wearing black laced high-heel shoes, and a black skirt with black fringe. The dancer is photographed in front of the mural painted by David Herrera and El Mac at Mills and Stanton streets in downtown El… Read More Resistance Dance: The Art of José Montoya
Make plans to attend El Paso Community College’s Virtual Celebration of “Pride Out and About: LGBTQ Life on the Border,” from June 8th at 7 PM to Jun 13th at 9 PM. Celebrate Pride Week Virtually! Hear Coming Out Stories, Drag Queens Shows, Health & Resources, Ally Day and Karaoke and a Discussion Panel (see… Read More Celebrate Pride Virtually!
The following article written several years ago, offers a vignette of one of the most important art collectors of our time in El Paso, Texas. El Pasoans will now have to visit Austin to see a collection we lost because of unfortunate decisions by city leaders. By Miguel Juárez Collecting is a disease you’re born… Read More Juan Sandoval: A Passion for Collecting
Setu is a bilingual Hindi-English journal published out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I’m thankful to Setu and to Scott Thomas Outlar, it’s guest editor for the Western Voices issue, for publishing two poems written in collaboration with Lee Ballentine as well as a poem each from us both. My poems in Setu Western Voices issue 2020… Read More Poetry by Donna Snyder and Lee Ballentine published in Setu Western Voices issue 2020
But for COVID-19, today, Americans normally gather far and wide at neighborhood bars, backyard barbeques and all points in between to celebrate an important Mexican holiday – well, kinda. The date does indeed have historical relevance in México (more on that later) but the reason it’s become the iconic U.S. celebration of all things Mexican… Read More How A Beer Made A Holiday
https://donnajosnyderpoet.wordpress.com/2020/05/04/repost-from-a-few-years-back-person-donna-snyder-three-poems/ Here is one of the poems published by isacoustic in their online magazine and annual anthology. Rabbit in the moon Rabbit looks down sees barren land, water infrequent. The sun’s biting caress a death blow. A cold too vicious to survive without cariño. Ixchel sent me a lover but chastity had already claimed… Read More Three poems by Donna Snyder in isacoustic journal and anthology
“The deepest problems of modern life derive from the claim of the individual to preserve the autonomy and individuality of his existence in the face of overwhelming social forces, of historical heritage, of external culture, and of the technique of life.” Georg Simmel As it started to dawn on me that the Corona Virus was… Read More Dispatches to El Paso from the Boston Surge: Early Days.