Arte Público Press Author Of The Month: Frank de Jesús Acosta

Young incarcerated Latino men are introduced to their heritage as Native people aboriginal to North and South America, and encouraged to participate in writing, painting and sculpture in the new book Latino Young Men and Boys in Search of Justice: Testimonials co-edited by Frank de Jesús Acosta and Henry A.J. Ramos.


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Poet and Author Frank de Jesús Acosta, co-editor of Latino Young Men and Boys in Search of Justice: Testimonials

Each month, Houston Public Media and Arte Público Press combine efforts to highlight works by veteran as well as up and coming Latino writers. For March, poet and advocate Frank de Jesús Acosta has assembled essays and poems written by and about young Latino inmates — many incarcerated as a result of the "Super Predator" myth and "Zero Tolerance/Three Strikes" laws passed in recent decades.

Organizations such as National Compadres Network, Barrios Unidos and Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice introduce these young Latinos to writing and painting as a means of individual expression, restoration of spirit and personal growth. Particular emphasis is placed on La Cultura Cura (Healing Culture) — introducing young Latinos to their Native American heritage and customs in order for them to learn leadership, responsibility and the interdependence of all members of the community.

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Houston Public Media's Eric Ladau spoke with Frank de Jesús Acosta.

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