Our book launch of Rebeldes: A Proyecto Latina Anthology was released this week. We thank everyone who joined us to celebrate this wonderful literary accomplishment! Special thanks to all of our Madrinas y Padrinos who helped make this possible. It filled me with lots of joy to see everyone smiling as they walked away with their copy of our much anticipated anthology.
It was truly a beautiful blessing to come together to share our stories, tell a little chisme and drink some wine. We hope that those of you who have purchased the book will feel empowered to tell your stories.
For those of you that didn’t get a chance to make it out and want a copy of the book you can order it online via Paypal.
What makes this book unique is that it contains the writing and artwork of 26 Latinas and a cameo appearance by our Chisme Box. Some of the themes that appear in the book include: gender, sexuality, family, identity, culture and is written in English, Spanish and Spanglish. The writers included in this anthology range from women in their 20′s all the way to their 70′s reflecting a diversity of work being created by Latinas!
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For the last year, Rebeldes anthology editor, Paloma Martinez – Cruz has been pounding the pavement to produce the anthology.
As we get ready to release the anthology on August 12th she shares a short reflection on why the book is so important to our community.
“Rebeldes: A Proyecto Latina Anthology offers a process, not a product. We want to show what it is like for us as Latinas to have a safe space to come and share our creativity without apology, where different genres, perspectives, and levels of artistic practice coexist in harmony. This book has not been generated to vie for a place at the forefront of “American Literature” – whatever that means – but rather to provide access, dialogue, and legitimacy to the expressive cultures coming out of our communities that have been historically misrepresented and silenced by mainstream media flows. We are eager to share the story of Proyecto Latina with readers beyond our regular participants because we are curious to find out what can happen if more Latinas decide to come together and form creative sanctuaries where no dream is too big, and every voice is the perfect expression of our creative lives unfolding.” – Paloma Martinez – Cruz
!!Book Launch Reception!!
Rebeldes: A Proyecto Latina Anthology
We are thrilled to invite you to join us in a toast as we celebrate the birth of the Proyecto Latina Anthology! In the tradition of our reading series, we will have a few featured writers and the Chisme Box will also make an appearance.
Monday, August 12th – 6:30PM to 9:30PM
@ Meztli Gallery & Cultural Organization
2005 South Blue Island
Chicago, Illinois, 60608
Street parking available / CTA – #60 Blue Island bus
The anthology spotlights the creative spirit and diversity of writing that is the Proyecto Latina community. At this time, it is the only book being published in the Chicago focusing on the writings and artwork of 26 Latinas.
Special thanks to all of our Madrinas y Padrinos for supporting the literary arts and to Paloma Martinez-Cruz for her creative leadership in making this dream a reality.
Please spread the word about this event by sharing via social media. We’d greatly appreciate it.
The anthology will be sold day of the event. Cash only.
More info. on how to purchase the book online TBA.
What is Blogtitlanistas Feminista Readings?
Wednesday April 17th a few of the women from Blogtitlan will gather to read a short selection of their work. Blogtitlan (a phrase I believe originally coined by Cindylu of Loteria Chicana) is a community of mostly Latino bloggers that came together in approximately 2003 and grew to support each other as we developed our individual identity politics. Read more on this event…
Why did you decide to organize this event?
I missed Blogtitlan despite our min-reunion in January of 2012 in San Diego, California. A lot of Latina bloggers are here in the Midwest, and I miss the discussions we had so what better place to organize than Chicago —an epicenter for many Latino bloggers. Plus, I love Chicago!
What do you want the audience to walk away with from this event?
I think we are all embracing to know we aren’t alone, and can identify with others. I want people to laugh, cry, and nod in an “ohh yeah! I know that feeling, I too feel it, it’s okay”
Why are Midwestern Latina voices important to you?
Midwestern Latinas are my own voice and a generally an unheard voice. I think people forget there are Latinos in the Midwest, we are a different bunch but still part of the movement. We have generational issues, language issues, assimilation issues, and historical issues just in different context than someone in the valley might have.
How has blogging impacted you as a writer?
This question makes me chuckle. I’ve never thought of myself as a writer, but blogging has given me the self-esteem to think of myself as someone who can write, and occasionally have the privilege of influence.
What kinds of content will we find on your blog and how long have you been blogging?
I have been at www.elenamary.com since 1999 but I believe I only have archives up since 2004. I mostly write personal stuff and when I get political it tends to be about something dealing with my world in Ohio or in regions of Mexico where my family still lives.
What are your top three tips for blogging?
Not sure, I should be giving any tips but here goes, blog from the heart, and don’t regret. The don’t regret is the hardest. There will be times you write things and think I can’t believe I used to think like that, or I can’t believe I used those words, or made those mistakes. But you did and they are who you were. We are changing and if you aren’t changing you aren’t growing, allow yourself that process.
Lastly, I love this quote and I think it embraces the blog from the heart idea:
“Sometimes I write drunk and revise sober, and sometimes I write sober and revise drunk. But you have to have both elements in creation — the Apollonian and the Dionysian, or spontaneity and restraint, emotion and discipline.”
What are some of your favorite blogs?
What have you learned about Latina bloggers that has surprised you?
They can be shy! I always imagined bloggers as generally very out going people but for example Cindylu of Loteria Chicana can be quiet and shy. Also, once I actually get to meet bloggers, it is amazing how instantly we can connect.
Final thoughts? Whenever I say “Proyecto Latina”, I think of the band Proyecto Uno jajajaja. Get more details on the reading on April 17th.
About Elena Mary (EM) - She is a Xicana that is happily creating her own space where one kind find awesomeness and failure. Like a good “American” EM has race and cultural identity issues which she blogs about quite a bit. Having trouble focusing on anything for too long, she has run for political office, been a union organizer, fostered half dozen children, studied medicine, urban geography and queer feminist performing artists, is competing for a slot at the world championships for triathlon. Most importantly EM loves days with no set plans because she is stubborn, adventurous and hates being told what to do. Read her blog…