E-book version of THE LINE UP: POEMS ON CRIME #2

Collection of crime poems feature Arte Público author Manuel Ramos The latest book of crime poetry, edited by Gerald So, Patrick Shawn Bagley, R. Narvaez, and Anthony Rainone features poetry by a variety of crime writers. This e-book is available across a variety of platforms. To see the Amazon Kindle version for $1.99, click here. Praise for this work: “Since poets are by definition metaphysical detectives, this collection makes brilliant sense. The poets never flinch nor do they romanticize. Rather they write tersely and deftly of violence large and small, motives confused and clear, endings bloody and mundane. Collectively, they show poems are bullets of essence that can pierce some very dark shadows.” —Baron Wormser, former Poet Laureate of Maine About Manuel Ramos: Manuel Ramos is the author of numerous crime fiction novels, including The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz (1993), Blues for the Buffalo (1993), The Ballad of Gato Guerrero …

Authors on the Airwaves: Josefina López

Josefina López chosen as October 2012’s “Author of the Month” on KUHF Houston Public Radio KUHF radio host Eric Ladau interviewed Josefina López for its website’s “Arte Público Press Author of the Month” feature, and along with the transcript, their conversation is available to listeners on the station’s interactive site through on-demand audio streaming here. Click here to see all Arte Público authors featured on KUHF. About the Author: JOSEFINA LÓPEZ is best known for authoring the play and co-authoring the film Real Women Have Curves, a coming-of-age story about Ana, a first-generation Chicana torn between pursuing her college ambitions, a personal goal, and securing employment which is a family expectation. Along the way, Ana confronts a host of cultural assumptions about beauty, marriage and a woman’s role in society. Although Real Women Have Curves is Lopez’ most recognized work, it is only one of many literary and artistic works …

NEW YORK TIMES reports on changing demographics and its impact on education

Educators say children need more familiar images Like many of his third-grade classmates, Mario Cortez-Pacheco likes reading the “Magic Tree House” series, about a brother and a sister who take adventurous trips back in time. He also loves the popular “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” graphic novels. At Bayard Taylor Elementary in Philadelphia, three-quarters of the students are Hispanic. But Mario, 8, has noticed something about these and many of the other books he encounters in his classroom at Bayard Taylor Elementary here: most of the main characters are white. “I see a lot of people that don’t have a lot of color,” he said. Hispanic students now make up nearly a quarter of the nation’s public school enrollment, according to an analysis of census data by the Pew Hispanic Center, and are the fastest-growing segment of the school population. Yet nonwhite Latino children seldom see themselves in books written …

APP Author Pat Mora says there needs to be more support for Latino children’s books

Authors work to reflect Latino culture in children’s books All it takes is a smile on a student’s face while reading to make Pat Mora happy. “It’s always a pleasure when students hear something familiar to them, and it is transforming to see that quiet little smile,” she says. Mora is a Chicana children’s book author who actively works to bring her culture and heritage into her writing. “We are all too smart to believe that the only group in this country who has wonderful stories to tell and wonderful illustrators happens to be people of European descent,” Mora says. “In such a diverse country, I want all of those voices available to these next generations.” According to a recent report by the New York Times, while Hispanics make up around a quarter of the country’s public school population, they aren’t seeing themselves reflected in the literature in their classrooms. …

Libros de Arte Público Press destacan el rol de los latinos en los EE.UU.

Comunidad hispano/latina preocupada porque en las escuelas no hay libros que reflejen nuestra herencia cultural Un reciente estudio del Centro Hispano Pew reveló que los libros en las escuelas primarias no incluyen a la creciente población estudiantil hispana. CEP asegura que uno de cada cuatro niños que recibe educación en los EE.UU. es de origen latinoamericano, pero que los textos no muestran esta realidad. El fundador y director de Arte Público Press, Dr. Nicolás Kanellos, habló a MundoFox sobre el esfuerzo de la editorial por promover la lectura bilingüe y rescatar nuestras raíces culturales. Si quiere ver el reportaje completo, presione aquí.

Authors on the Airwaves: Alberto Hidalgo-Robert

Alberto Hidalgo-Robert chosen as September 2012’s “Author of the Month” on KUHF Houston Public Radio KUHF radio host Eric Ladau interviewed Alberto Hidalgo-Robert for its website’s “Arte Público Press Author of the Month” feature, and along with the transcript, their conversation is available to listeners on the station’s interactive site through on-demand audio streaming here. Click here to see all Arte Público authors featured on KUHF. About the Author: ALBERTO HIDALGO-ROBERT is the author of Fat No More: A Teenager’s Victory over Obesity (Piñata Books, 2012), a timely memoir about a young adult’s battle with weight. In an absorbing account of his personal struggle, Hidalgo-Robert writes about his life from the low point of his descent into obesity, to how he was able reinvent himself and become a model for other teenagers who are battling weight issues. Each chapter contains “battling” tools, examples of both good and bad behavior and …

Author on the Airwaves: Pat Mora

Mora chosen as March 2012’s “Author of the Month” on Houston Public Media Houston Public Media radio host Eric Ladau interviewed Mora for its website’s “Arte Público Press Author of the Month” feature, and along with the transcript, their conversation is available to listeners on the station’s interactive site through on-demand audio streaming here. Click here to see all Arte Público authors featured on Houston Public Media. About the Author: PAT MORA is a renowned writer of poetry, nonfiction and children’s books. She has written over 30 books for children and young adults, including The Bakery Lady/La señora de la panadería (2001), My Own True Name (2000), The Gift of the Poinsettia/El regalo de la flor de nochebuena (1995), Tomás and the Library Lady (1997) and The Desert Is My Mother/El desierto es mi madre (1994). An El Paso native and mother of three grown children, she lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Authors on the Airwaves: Luis Valdez

Valdez chosen as February 2012’s “Author of the Month” on Houston Public Media Houston Public Media radio host Eric Ladau interviewed Valdez for its website’s “Arte Público Press Author of the Month” feature, and along with the transcript, their conversation is available to listeners on the station’s interactive site through on-demand audio streaming here. Click here to see all Arte Público authors featured on Houston Public Media. About the Author: LUIS VALDEZ is acknowledged as the founder of modern Chicano theatre and film. He was born to migrant farmworkers and spent his early life traveling and working in the fields. He eventually found himself at San Jose State College, where his play “The Shrunken Head of Pancho Villa” was staged in 1964. He later joined the United Farm Workers and staged improvisational theatre with the help of union actors to further their causes. This work led to the formation of his theater group, El …

Author on the Airwaves: Mara Price

Price chosen as January 2012’s “Author of the Month” on Houston Public Media Houston Public Media radio host Eric Ladau interviewed Price for its website’s “Arte Público Press Author of the Month” feature, and along with the transcript, their conversation is available to listeners on the station’s interactive site through on-demand audio streaming here. Click here to see all Arte Público authors featured on Houston Public Media. About the Author: MARA PRICE is a native of Mexico and now lives in Southern California.  Mara is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and her work has been published in Iguana, a Spanish-language children’s magazine.  She is the author of Grandma’s Chocolate / El chocolate de Abuelita (Piñata Books, 2010), a bilingual picture book. About her latest book, Grandma’s Chocolate / El chocolate de Abuelita: Abuela’s visits from Mexico are always full of excitement for young Sabrina. She can’t wait to see …

Authors on the Airwaves: René Colato Laínez

Colato Laínez chosen as May 2011’s “Author of the Month” on Houston Public Media Houston Public Media radio host Eric Ladau interviewed Colato Laínez for its website’s “Arte Público Press Author of the Month” feature, and along with the transcript, their conversation is available to listeners on the station’s interactive site through on-demand audio streaming here. Click here to see all Arte Público authors featured on Houston Public Media. About the Author: RENÉ COLATO LAÍNEZ came to the United States from El Salvador as a teen, and he writes about his experiences in bilingual children’s books such as Waiting for Papá / Esperando a Papá (Piñata Books, 2004), I Am René, the Boy / Soy René, el niño (2005) and René Has Two Last Names / René tiene dos apellidos (2009). He is also the author of Playing Lotería / El juego de la lotería (Luna Rising, 2005), My Shoes and I (Boyds Mills …