Please join us for the publication release of a special issue of In the Grove: “Pákatelas,” an homage to the late poet Andrés Montoya, guest edited by acclaimed novelist Daniel Chacón. Chacón, author of and the shadows took him and Chicano Chicanery, is a Fresno native and currently teaches in the Bilingual MFA Program at the University of Texas, El Paso. Montoya’s first and only book, the ice worker sings and other poems, won the American Book Award after his passing. This special issue brings together work by Montoya’s teachers (including Juan Felipe Herrera, Philip Levine, Corrinne Clegg Hales, and Garrett Hongo), his friends (including Augustine Porras, Steve Yarbrough, Tim Z. Hernandez, and Lee Herrick, among many others), some of the many writers his work has influenced (including Sasha Pimentel Chacón, Mike Medrano, Marisol Baca, Bay area poets such as Oscar Bermeo, Javier Huerta, and Craig Santos Perez, and New York City poet and National Book Critics Circle board member Rigoberto González), in addition to a moving recollection by Andrés’ younger brother, novelist Maceo Montoya, and cover art by his father, Malaquias Montoya. And, we are very proud to publish “Pákatelas,” a new and unpublished long poem by Andrés Montoya.
Many of these contributors will be at the reading and celebration, and we hope you can join us as well. Please spread this message (and the attached flier) to your friends, listservs, blogs, and publications.
IN THE GROVE: “Pákatelas,” a Publication Release Part and Homage to the late Andrés Montoya
Thursday, April 10, 2008
ARTE AMERICAS, Fresno, CA
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Contact: Lee Herrick
For more information, please visit http://inthegrove.net. Copies of the issue will be on sale for $12 at the reading, and they will be on sale at the website after April 10. Thank you for your ongoing support.