Chicago Writers On Language & Identity

One of our favorite writers is coming to town next week! Ana Castillo joins a panel of Chicago writers to discuss the role of language and identity in their own writing and literature.

Language and Identity: A Chicago Writers Panel

January 24, 2013 @7:00 P.M

Northwestern McCormick Tribune Forum

1870 Campus Drive

Evanston, IL

Panelists include award winning authors:

Ana Castillo, Aleksandar Hemon and Bich Minh Nguyen and moderated by Reginald Gibbons, Frances Hooper Professor of Arts and Humanities. Read more…

How does language and identity impact your own writing?


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,

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.

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

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04.19.10: Sandra Posadas & the Chisme Box challenge

04.19.10: Sandra Posadas & the Chisme Box challenge

Sandra Posadas is the Proyecto Latina feature for April 2010. In the spirit of National Poetry Month we are presenting our first ever Chisme Box Haiku Challenge: We want your chismes in the celebrated 5-7-5 format.  Join us on Monday, April 19th @ 7 p.m at Cedahalia’s Cafe 1010-12 S. Western.


Ana Castillo: Fueling a literary tradition

Ana Castillo: Fueling a literary tradition

Chicana writer Ana Castillo wants to fuel the tradition of reading and writing in the Latino community, through the memoir writing workshops she teaches. Ana says she hopes that she can help establish posterity of culture and most importantly the family stories of the participants. Literature, Ana reminds us, comes from all walks of life–writing is not just for the privileged. Our Proyecto Latina contributor, Yolanda Cardenas also asks about spirituality’s place in writing, listen to their complete conversation below.

Ana Castillo: Spirituality’s place in writing? (4:17)

Ana Castillo: Can you teach someone to write? (5:48)

Ana Castillo’s memoir writing workshops are cross-cultural and generational and open to everyone over 18 years-old. Details available here.

Interview by Yolanda Cardenas