Two short posts today. “Prologue” is a quick rundown of the last few weeks:

The Food of Our People

Thanks to a gift of Quaker’s Harina Preparada from Mrs. Rael, Henry and I made tortillas for our breakfast burritos. So they aren’t completely from scratch, but I did use my Grandma China’s rolling pin to shape them, and at least they did not come in a plastic bag with the Bueno Foods logo.

Los Ojos Kitty Cat

For spring break, Henry, the kiddos and I visited Jemez Springs and the Valles Caldera. K. discovered that he likes hiking! P. made a new friend at Los Ojos Restaurant and Saloon, where we had dinner both nights we were in town.

At the invitation of wonderful poet and teacher, Emmy Pérez, I visited University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg, as part of their annual FESTIBA celebration. Using an exercise developed by Levi Romero (who, coincidentally, was giving a presentation in the classroom next door), and based on the poem “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon, the participants in my workshop wrote “I am From” poems that spoke to lives that are rich in story. That evening, Emmy and I had dinner with poet Tato Laviera, who insisted that Emmy and I retrieve our work from the car and read to him. Emmy shared a poem that traveled along the Río Grande from northern New Mexico to South Texas. Gorgeous. Read her blog, ysletapoeta, to get a taste of her close attention to detail and her reverence for the natural world. I read an excerpt of Malinche’s Daughter, which Tato called work “piercing, both words, pierce and sing.” I slept really well that night.

The next evening, I read with undergrad and graduate creative writing students from UTPA. Their voices remind me that we all have much to look forward to as their work goes out into the world.

Mujeres de UTPA

I turned in a magazine article I had been working on for a month! Can’t give all the details now, but look for a link to the story in July.

Cathy Arellano, Andréa Serrano, and I auctioned off our words at El Chante: Casa de Cultura on Saturday night to raise funds for our upcoming trip to read at Galeria de la Raza in San Francisco, as part of their Lunada Literary Series on May 17. Thanks to the good people of this community, Send ‘Burque to the Bay brought in enough money to cover our flights and some of our lodging! Mil gracias to Bianca Encinias for opening El Chante for the event and to all the wonderful volunteers and donors who made the night such a success.

Missed the reading, but still want to donate? Send your tax-deductible contribution to The Center of Southwest Culture, 500 Copper Avenue NW, Suite 103, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102. Write “’Burque to the Bay” in the subject line.

Coming tonight: “Nothing Will Ever Be Good Enough.” Stay tuned!

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