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UTSA Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Poet Gregg Barrios
Sep 23, 2011
New Latino Generation event a fusion of poetry, performance and art
Local authors, performers and artists will celebrate The New Latino Generation during UTSA’s National Hispanic Heritage Month event to take place at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5 in the Retama Auditorium, University Center on the Main Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Featuring the work of poet Gregg Barrios, guest readers/performers will include Sandra Cisneros, John Phillip Santos, Ben Olguín, Norma Cantú, Anthony Flores and Brad Milne.
A companion visual art exhibit will run concurrent with the event in the University Center’s Gallery 23. Curated by Arturo Almeida, the exhibit features artworks from the UTSA Art Collection and highlights artists who have inspired Barrios’ poetry, including Rolando Briseño, Kathy Vargas, Vincent Valdez, César Martínez, Armando Sanchez, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Carmen Lomas Garza and Patsy Valdez. The exhibit will continue through November 5.
Playwright and poet Gregg Barrios came to the arts after a successful career as a journalist for the Los Angeles Times and a book editor for the San Antonio Express-News. His latest book, La Causa, is a collection of poetry–ranging from sonnets, songs, ballads, prose and narrative verse–that explore the evolution of Latino culture since the Chicano Mexican American civil rights movement.
Attendees are invited to a 6:00 p.m. reception immediately preceding the program in the Retama Auditorium foyer. Refreshments will be served.
Free parking for this event will be provided in the Bosque/South Garage.
For more information and a parking map, visit bit.ly/UTSAnewlatino
Co-sponsored by the Office of the President, UTSA Libraries, Consortium for Social Transformation and Mexican American Studies Program.
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