Cruzando Fronteras

Cruzando Fronteras
Poesía contemporánea en el Área de la Bahía de San Francisco

Crossing Borders: Contemporary Poetry in Spanish in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Cruzando Fronteras 2018


Paul Aponte
is a Chicano Poet from Sacramento. He is a member of the writers groups "Círculo" and "Escritores Del Nuevo Sol" (Writers Of The New Sun) and has been published in their Anthology, and also in the El Tecolote Press Anthology "Poetry in flight", Sacramento Poetry Center's "Poetry Now", and in the Anthology "Soñadores - We Came To Dream". He was also the editor's choice in the online journal "Convergence". He can be found in poetry readings throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Dr. Fausto Avendaño
is a novelist, a poet and an emeritus professor of Hispanic literatures. Santa Maria (in English) is one of his most recent historical novels. Paula and Raymond, a satirical novel of contemporary mores, was also published recently. Other works of note: El Corrido de California (historical play), Salazar’s Gold (historical novel). He has two literary prizes to his credit, Premio Fuentes Mares (Mexico) and the Latino Literary Prize (California. His prize winning short story collection, El sueno de siempre y otros cuentos, was published in Mexico. He has contributed to various books and literary projects and has published short stories and poems in American and foreign journals.

Alma Bojórquez
, originaria de Ensenada Baja California, México, radica en el área de la bahía desde hace 28 años. Desde niña tuvo gran interés por la literatura y aunque no estudió letras siempre se vio rodeada de libros. Empezó a escribir poesía desde muy joven aunque nunca lo tomó como una forma de vida. En años recientes a tomado talleres de escritura creativa y poesía, siendo en este último donde tuvo la oportunidad de ser parte de una antología poética. Se ha presentado en algunos eventos literarios compartiendo sus escritos y ha participado en Radio Germinal en un segmento llamado Poesía con Alma. Participa voluntariamente como facilitadora en un club de lectura latinoamericana en el Siena Youth Center de la ciudad de Redwood City, Ca. Su primer libro aún está en el horno.

Gil Chavez: born in 1941. Education B.A. Ed.D. Worked nights in aerospace factory to pay for B.A. Work: Farm work as a child and teen. Corrections, social work, teaching from elementary to college levels, university admissions (Chicano Scholarships), consulting, counseling, psychotherapy for ex-convicts. Life influences: Mexican Immigrant grandparents, Chicano Movement, teaching immigrants, travel in Mexico, Spain, USA, martial arts philosophy. Hobbies: Writing short stories and poems, welding scrap metal sculptures, and community involvement.

Zheyla Henriksen, ecuatoriana, poeta e investigadora. Reside en Los Estados Unidos. Tiene cuatro libros publicados: Tiempo sagrado y tiempo profano en Borges y Cortázar (tesis doctoral), Poemas dispersos, Caleidoscopio del recuerdo y Pedazos, los recuerdos(poemarios) . Tiene varios ensayos y poemas en revistas, libros y antologías. Ha participado en diferentes conferencias y encuentros culturales con ponencias y poemas en los Estados Unidos, Canadá, Ecuador, México, Panamá, Argentina, Cuba y España. En Cuenca, Ecuador, recibe la Medalla al Mérito Cultural y ha quedado como finalista en el XIX y el XXIX Premio Cálamo de Poesía Erótica en Gijón, España. En 1967 obtiene el tercer premio en los Primeros Juegos Florales Estudiantiles en Esmeraldas, Ecuador y participa en el Primer Encuentro de Poetisas Ecuatorianas. Es miembro de Los Escritores del Nuevo Sol, Círculo de Poetas y ACH Registro Creativo. Dirige y baila en el grupo ecuatoriano INTI-TULPA.

Giovanni Ortega: is a multi-disciplinary artist and author of two books of poetry: Leaves from the Silverlake Barrio and Ang Gitano (Carayan Press,2017). A collection of his poetry was also published in Completely Mixed Up. As a playwright, he wrote Criers for Hire, which became the highest grossing world premiere play for East West Players Theater. In 2011, Ortega wrote ALLOS, the story of Carlos Bulosan, which was also commissioned by East West Players. Additional Works: The Sea, Tug of War, Wayne, Mutyang Kalayaan, Tao Po, Lost in the Margins, and El Pescador y La Lluvia. Internationally, he was the resident scholar for the 2016 National Play Festival in Melbourne; conducted An Immigrant’s Diasporic Imagination workshop and was commissioned by Mosman Art Gallery to write a creative response to HALO: Bayanihan Philippine Art Project in Sydney, Australia. He also adapted and directed The Kingdom of Banaras in Varanasi, India as well as directed What the Butler Saw at Upstage Theater in Bern, Switzerland. He recently led workshops for Burapha University in Chon Buri, Thailand. In addition, he has a practice in devising theatre programs internationally such as the Body Series: Creation of My Body (Singapore, Brisbane), Katawan (Sydney) and Words of My Body (Singapore). He is currently an Assistant Professor of Drama in the Theatre and Dance Department of Pomona College. For more information go to: www.giovanniortega.com

Graciela Brauer Ramirez taught Spanish and Ethnic Studies at California State University, Sacramento for 25 years. As a poet, she published: Educación, Una Epica Chicana, the history of the Chicanos at CSUS. She has also written her memoirs and a book of poems to be published as Memories Frozen in Time and Poemas Buenos, Malos y Regulares. Her poems have appeared in different anthologies. She is the author of three Master’s Theses available at CSUS: Antonio Plaza, Un Poeta del Pueblo Visto Cien Años Después; The Creation and Development of a Minority Program, The Washington Barrio Education Center; and An Existential Interpretation of Bless Me Ultima.