12.14.11 Wordless Wednesday

photo credit: "Beyond the Medical Jargon" by Yolanda Cardenas.


photo credit:"Beyond the Medical Jargon" by Yolanda Cardenas.

10.18.10 Featuring Poet Linda Rodriguez

10.18.10 Featuring Poet Linda Rodriguez

In October 2010, Proyecto Latina has the  honor of featuring Kansas City poet, Linda Rodriguez.  Check out her full bio below and you will understand why having Linda with us will be such a huge treat.

This past winter, during Linda’s residency at Ragdale, we had an opportunity to chat with her about her book Heart’s Migration. Irasema and I walked away from this interview feeling so inspired! Here is what Linda had to say to us during her interview…

We are back to our third Monday reading series night.  Here is the full scoop on October’s Proyecto Latina.

Proyecto Latina
Feature: Linda Rodriguez

Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 7 P.M.

Held at Cafe Catedral,
2500 S. Christiana, Chicago, IL

Hope you can join us!

Linda Rodriguez has published two books of poetry, Heart’s Migration (Tia Chucha Press, 2009), a finalist for the Thorpe Menn Award, and Skin Hunger, (Potpourri Publications, 1995, Scapegoat Press, 2007). She received the 2009 Elvira Cordero Cisneros Award from the Macondo Foundation and the 2009 Midwest Voices and Visions Award from the Alliance of Artists Communities and the Joyce Foundation and has been both a Ragdale Fellow and a Macondo Fellow.

She is the vice-president of the Latino Writers Collective, founder/co-coordinator of the Kansas City Women Writers Reading Series, a founding board member of The Writers Place, and has published poetry and fiction in numerous journals, such as Ariel, Downgo Sun, El Tecolote, New Letters, Plainswoman, Present Magazine, The Kansas City Star, The Pedestal Magazine, Potpourri, Queen City Review, Wheelhouse Magazine, Writer’s Digest, and Z Miscellaneous, as well as several anthologies, such as Cuentos: Stories From the Latino Heartland (Scapegoat Press, 2009), Imagination and Place: An Anthology (Imagination and Place Press, 2009), and The Red and the Black: An Anthology about Profit and Loss (Helicon Nine Editions, forthcoming).

Thanks to Proyecto Latina's venue sponsor for October 2010.

Her poems have been broadcast on The Writers Almanac with Garrison Keillor (NPR), Arts Round-Up KCUR-FM in Kansas City, and she has been interviewed and read her poetry on Proyecto LatinaKC Connections KCUR-FM, Talking Earth KBOO-FM in Portland, and New Letters on the Air (NPR). She has published numerous reviews and articles for general and scholarly publications, most recently “Making Time for Writing Poetry” and “Unique Issues Women Poets Must Overcome” in Women and Poetry: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing by Successful Women Poets (McFarland & Co., forthcoming). She has also published a cookbook, The “I Don’t Know How to Cook” Book: Mexican (Adams Media, 2008). Rodriguez is the former Director of the UMKC Women’s Center and was a co-convenor of the Women & Environment Caucus at the United Nations international conference, Women 2000: Beijing Plus Five.

She has a B.A. and an M.A. in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is currently working on a book of poetry based on teachings from her Cherokee grandmother, a novel, and a co-edited collection of essays by mixed-blood women writers.

Is There A Dr. In The House That Speaks Spanish?

Is There A Dr. In The House That Speaks Spanish?

by Yolanda Cardenas, M.D.

Photo Credit: Yolanda Cardenas M.D.

A recent Domingo Newsbytes pointed out that the Association of American Medical Colleges states there aren’t enough Latino doctors for the growing Latino population in the U.S. Only 6% of medical students are Latino.

As a Latina physician, this wasn’t earth-shattering news to me.   I didn’t encounter many Latino students during my medical training.  I was 1 of 5 Latinos in my class at medical school.  When I finished my residency training, I began to meet more Latino physicians.   This was mainly because of where I chose to practice medicine.

I’ve worked in clinics, which provide medical care to the under-served, uninsured, under-insured and predominantly Spanish speaking populations.  I started to wonder why things haven’t changed much in the last 10 years.  A couple of weeks ago, I also saw another article, which stated that Latinos are less likely to attend 4-year universities.  Latinos tend to attend community colleges.   I think that this trend coupled with a fear of debt is two of the main reasons for the shortage of Latino physicians.    To become a physician, you have to obtain a university degree in order to apply to medical schools.   Not applying to university or choosing not to attend a university is an obstacle towards obtaining a medical degree.

Unfortunately, the problem starts before the university.   Large numbers of Latinos are still dropping out of high school.   No high school diploma means no university degree and no medical degree.  We have to continue stressing the importance of education to our Latino youth.   Excelling in high school is vital for increasing one’s opportunity for scholarships and acceptance to top-notch university programs.

Finances still play a key role in not only attending a university but also in choosing medicine as a career.   I have seen several people decline universities’ offers of admission because they can’t afford the tuition and fees.  Some students (and their parents) are afraid to take out educational loans and decide to attend community colleges because of their cheaper tuition.  Other students take a leave of absence from school in order to work and fund their university expenses.  But this stop and go approach towards a bachelor’s degree can become frustrating and result in dropping out of university.  Medical school is expensive. There are few opportunities for scholarships at this level of education.   If you are serious about becoming a physician, it’s a fact that you will have a monstrous debt when you graduate from medical school.

What we have to realize is that our education is an investment.    For the most part, I avoided student loans at my university but I knew that wouldn’t be the case in medical college.   There was no way my father could afford sending two daughters to medical college.  I’m still paying off my medical school loans.  Do I wish I didn’t have that debt?  Yes, but my investment has paid off.    I am in an honorable profession that teaches me about the human body but most importantly continues to teach me about the human spirit.   One of the things I never expected was that medicine would inspire my art.

Instead of being polar opposites, these two worlds are harmonizing in me.

Nuestra gente needs and wants more Latino physicians.  If you have a love of science and humanity and want to join me in this amazing profession, my advice is always give 100% at school, put aside your fears and make that investment.

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09.11.10: Adelita Pata De Perro

09.11.10: Adelita Pata De Perro

“Memory in Mexican culture extends beyond the personal. Ancestral legacies and historical events before and after the Conquest impact the Mexican creative mind and those of Mexican background who reside outside the country of their heritage. Jenny Priego as a Chicago performance artist has begun an exciting self exploration through her self-portraits with photography and video, from neo-Mexican Revolutionary soldadera who breaks borders by appearing in unexpected locations around the globe…” –Ana Castillo, June 2010

We invite you to join us for  Adelita Pata de Perro by Jenny Priego in celebration of the 2010 Mexican Bicentennial.


Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 6PM to 10PM – FREE

Arts of the Americas
1538 W. Cullerton St.
Chicago, Illinois 60608

Questions about this event? Contact Diana Pando, info@proyectolatina.org

About the Artist:
Jenny Priego is a visual and performance artist who draws inspiration from her existence as a feminine being. She uses several forms of media to interpret her self exploration, such as technology, her body, voice and formal fine art technique.

Adelita Pata  de Perro is an ongoing project  based on the Mexican Revolution’s soldaderas.  Priego sees the early 20th century rifle-toting revolutionary as a 21st century Wonder Woman breaking borders throughout the planet.  Using herself to represent this image she intervenes in world spaces from posing at the Royal Palace of Bangkok, Eiffel Tower, and the Coliseum, among others.

The spirit, courage and strength that embodies Adelita lives on in the many women that impact their community through the arts and beyond in Chicago. Proyecto Latina wanted to create an event that amplifies the voices and spirit of those women that fought in the Mexican revolution and the new generation of Latina women in Chicago that are making strides and impacting the city of Chicago.

Free and Open to the public. Q&A with artist Jenny Priego accompanied by an open mic of local writers and poets on the theme of what it means to be a modern day Adelita.

Mil gracias to our Venue Sponsor:

CARLOS & DOMINGUEZ Fine Arts Gallery exists to expose and promote  established and professional artists and serious emerging artists working to become established.  Under the banner of “Arts of the Americas”, our gallery exhibits artists, in any medium, from North, Central, and South America.  CARLOS & DOMINGUEZ Fine Arts Gallery is located in the heart of Pilsen. feriadelaluna@yahoo.com

many thanks also to our Madrinas de Vino: Chicago Foundation For Women’s Latina Leadership Council.

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08.16.10 The Sandra Treviño Hour

08.16.10 The Sandra Treviño Hour

Sandra A. Treviño is the first guest curator for Proyecto Latina this Mon, Aug 16th.

We are putting a twist on our August 16th edition of Proyecto Latina and welcoming our first guest curator.  Sandra Treviño–an authority on Chicago’s Latin Alternative music scene for over ten years–has hand-picked three emerging Latina musicians she wants to see spotlighted–there will be live music and a q&a.  As always, the chisme box will be there and the open-mic list will only have four spots, so arrive early to sign-up.

Date: Monday, August 16, 2010
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Cafe Catedral, 2500 S. Christiana, Chicago, Il

Sandra A. Treviño began her career on the business side of music as the band manager for local rock band [.DESCARGA.].  The underground concerts she attended inspired her to begin writing and reporting on new music releases and interviewing local bands, her coverage eventually included the movement of Latin Alternative music across the US, as well as dishing out the glam and not-so-glamorous side of music and entertainment. She is the co-founder of Enchufate.com, Chicago’s first Latin Alternative media and entertainment portal. A site that began as a follow-up to E>N>E (Errores No Eliminados), a television program that focused on Chicago’s independent music movement, specifically rock en español–via interviews, reviews and event promotions, Enchufate reported on local bands as well as international acts including Cafe Tacuba, Aterciopelados, and Calle 13.

Sandra’s repertoire also includes concert organizing, spinning as DJ Angelfuk and she hosts the radio segment, “Sandra’s Seven in Seven” on Vocalo.org’s radio stream on 89.5FM.  She is currently working on her first book, Music & More, in collaboration with the upcoming documentary, REC: Rock En Español.  Sandra has contributed to the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Illinois Entertainer, Extra Newspaper, Red Eye, Metromix, LATV, Contratiempo, Cafe & Mas Magazine and most of Chicago’s independent radio programs. She is the Midwest representative for Nacional Records, the country’s first Latin Alternative boutique music label.

Presently, Sandra uses television and radio journalism to spotlight the amazing world of Latin Alternative music and especially of Latinas working in the scene.  Her focus continues to be music production and the growth of women in music through Enchufate, writing and social networking.

In her spare time Sandra pretends to sleep.