In the Grove Release Party: A Special Issue Devoted to the late poet, AndrÃ©s Montoya (Poetry Reading).
Local poet, Lee Herrick discusses the influence AndrÃ©s Montoya had on his life and the importance of this special issue and reading.
by Liz Scheid
April 5, 2008
I understand that the next issue of In the Grove, due out April 10th is a special issue dedicated to the late poet, AndrÃ©s Montoya. Could you tell me about the making of this issue, as in what made you and/or others decide to make this tribute issue, and why at this particular time?
Daniel ChacÃ³n, a writer with whom your readers might be familiar (he was a Visiting Lecturer in the MFA Program at Fresno State recently, author of Chicano Chicanery and and the shadows took him) approached me about the project, and I was thrilled. Dan is a very good friend of mine, and he was AndrÃ©sâ€™ closest friend. AndrÃ©s was the first poet I met when I moved to Fresno in 1997. So it was a very easy decision to make. This is also a benefit of staying fiercely independentâ€”I can take on projects like this (or decline them) whenever I want to.
The timing of the issue serves two main purposes, in my mind: first, it is a wonderful opportunity to remember and honor one of poetryâ€™s treasures, the poetry of AndrÃ©s Montoya. Second, it will hopefully raise visibility and perhaps anticipation of the publication of AndrÃ©sâ€™ second book called Universe, Breath and All, which Dan has edited and which will hopefully be published soon. I donâ€™t know what press will publish it, but whoever lands it will be very fortunate.