Latino Lit for All Ages!
Houston, September 29—Arte Público Press authors will be featured in the 7th Annual Houston LibroFEST, a festival celebrating Latino literature and culture, on Saturday, September 29, 2018, from 12 – 3pm at the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza at Houston Public Library’s Central location (500 McKinney, Houston, TX 77002). Part of HPL’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, this book and arts festival for all ages showcases Hispanic writers and the vibrant culture, music and art of the city’s Latino and literary communities.
The festival will kick off with a performance by Mariachi Los Pasajeros, followed by entertaining bilingual story times for kids and parents alike! Xavier Garza will read from his new bilingual picture book, Just One Itsy Bitsy Little Bite / Sólo una mordidita chiquitita (Piñata Books, 2018), which celebrates the Mexican holiday of Day of the Dead / El día de los muertos. Gwendolyn Zepeda will read from her new bilingual picture book, Maya and Annie on Saturdays and Sundays / Los sábados y domingos de Maya y Annie (Piñata Books, 2018), a tale of blending multicultural families. Local writers Jasminne Méndez and Christopher Miguel Flakus will discuss their recent work in a conversation with Gwendolyn Zepeda, and the festival will wrap up with a screening of the movie Bless Me, Ultima, based on the acclaimed novel by Rudolfo Anaya. Interactive entertainment includes a writing workshop and craft activities for kids.
The 7th Annual Houston LibroFEST is sponsored by Arte Público Press, the City of Houston, the Houston Endowment, the Houston Public Library and the Houston Public Library Foundation. Visit http://houstonlibrary.org/hispanic-heritage-month for more information or call 713-743-2999.
XAVIER GARZA is a prolific author, artist and storyteller whose work focuses on his Mexican-American heritage. He graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American in 1994 with a BFA in Art and has exhibited his art and performed his stories in venues throughout the United States. The author of numerous books for kids, Xavier Garza lives with his family in San Antonio.
JASMINNE MÉNDEZ is a poet, educator, performer and award-winning author. She is a Macondo and Canto Mundo Fellow, as well as a Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA) alumna. Her new collection, Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays and Poetry, was published by Arte Público Press April 30, 2018. Her first multi-genre memoir, Island of Dreams, was awarded Best Young Adult Latino-Focused Book by the International Latino Book Awards in 2015.
CHRISTOPHER MIGUEL FLAKUS is a poet and writer from Houston, Texas. He has published work with Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Black Heart Magazine, Analog Submission Press and Iron Lung Press, among others. He was awarded the 2017 Fabian Worsham Award for his fiction by the University of Houston-Downtown. He was Fiction Editor for The Bayou Review’s special prison issue in 2018, which focused on the work of incarcerated writers in Texas. He is currently working on his first novel.
GWENDOLYN ZEPEDA, Houston’s first Poet Laureate, is the author of two poetry collections, Monsters, Zombies and Addicts (Arte Público Press, 2015) and Falling in Love with Fellow Prisoners (Arte Público Press, 2013); a short story collection, To the Last Man I Slept with and All the Jerks Just Like Him (Arte Público Press, 2004); three novels and five bilingual picture books for children. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, her writing was hailed by EFE Newswire as having the “potential to transform Latino literature of recent years and rid it of its bad habits and clichés.”