“They’ve towed my car with Chisme Box in the trunk!” That was the alarmed text I sent Diana and Coya on Wednesday afternoon when I walked out of work and discovered that street parking had been restricted due to a neighborhood festival and I had missed the (minute) signage in the morning. Both stepped in like champions, you see I was due at the Guild Complex’s, B.Y.O.P event. Proyecto Latina had an invitation to present with Dancing Girl Press.
While I navigated a huge dusty yard of impounded cars, in my brand new sandals, trying to recover my vehicle, Diana was at the California Clipper posing a very important question, “How many of you have attended a literary event in Little Village, Back of the Yards or Pilsen?” She tells me no one raised their hand. I so wish I had been there to be part of the discussion.
But Diana did bring back a very important resource to share with all you poetas out there: Dancing Girl Press is not only an amazing initiative they also publish 10-20 chapbooks per year. Submission guidelines are here, the deadline is August 30th.
There seems to be a business and work theme in the news this week:
- In Texas, Latina Hope, awards start-up grants to help women launch their home-based businesses by turning hobbies into micro-enterprises. One of the challenges is teaching the women to value their work and time.
- Melanie Edwards is a blogging Latina mother at modernmami.com, she’s about to launch a website to connect brands with Latina bloggers. She opens up about the business of blogging in an interview here.
- Avatars to Help Latina Girls Say ‘No’ to Sex My two cents: There is something creepy about the picture attached to this announcement. And I’m sensing a deep disconnect here. I feel our girls need a lot more than a video games to stay out of trouble. Am I ever conflicted about this one.
- Over at the Chicago Sun-Times, Esther Cepeda tackles the issue of diversity in the workplace and hiring based on merit. There’s skepticism over Mayor Daley’s most recent consideration for chief education officer at CPS.
Finally, some shameless self-promotion: I’ve shared in the previous weeks that Thelma Uranga and me are instructing a six week ASM program, Tejer y Poder at Pros Arts Studio. Its been an amazing and unique experience, and a privilege to work with 30 talented youth in teaching them knitting and crochet skills as well as encouraging them to take creative risks. Our final showcase is scheduled for Friday, August 6th, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Dvorak Park–its free and open to the community. You can find event details here, in the days leading up to the final showcase students will be posting interviews with family and community members that knit/crochet.