October Artful Thursday – Latino Writers: Up Close and Personal

October’s Artful Thursday features the works of young Latino writers who are featured in a new book “Windows into My World: Young Latinos Write Their Lives.” KUHF’s Eric Ladau speaks with poet and educator Sarah Cortez about this innovative program.

From reflecting on death to celebrating family heirlooms, three local artists and emerging writers, Aisha Calderon, Nick Gaitan and Jasminne Rosario, will share scenes from their lives through readings of their nonfiction pieces featured in Windows into My World:  Latino Youth Write Their Lives (Arte Publico Press, 2007), edited by poet and educator Sarah Cortez. Musical interludes by Houston group The Umbrella Man, of which Nick Gaitan is a member, a slideshow featuring photography by Aisha Calderon and a performance piece by Jasminne Rosario will coalesce with the readings to make this a unique Artful Thursday event.

Sarah Cortez is a poet, educator and law enforcement officer. She is the author of a poetry collection, How to Undress a Cop (Arte Publico Press, 2000), which won the PEN Texas Literary Award in Poetry. Ms. Cortez will discuss the concept behind the anthology and will introduce each speaker/performer.

KUHF’s Eric Ladau spoke with Sarah Cortez about this innovative program.