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Several poets and storytellers--old-timers affectionately known as Los Rukitos Chimuelos the elderly, toothless ones and a younger generation of Nuevos Pensadores new thinkers --gather around her. Their two worlds have merged to revive a year defunct magazine, and Chicano writers workshop, called Con Safos.
A popular underground publication from to , Con Safos told stories of the barrio experience, of el movimiento , capturing the feelings of an era and its gente Chicana. The group released a new issue last week, its third since late last year when publishing was made possible with money raised by the writers.
Recently, the Smithsonian Institution requested copies of the journal for its archives. And the monthly workshops, funded by a grant from the California Arts Council, have been renewed through Others have their eyes shut, their heads heavenward.
Only the wooden chairs that make a snapping sound like brittle twigs with every shift of a leg or arm can be heard above her voice. I always liked to listen to my parents when they talk at night and they think us kids are all asleep.
Finally my father said that the only thing to do was to make our house bigger so that we would all fit in it. Ralph F. His world view, he said, came from living in a Chicano barrio. And as far as he was concerned, the stars and the moon he looked at each night were part of the same universe everyone else saw.
After getting his degree, Lopez-Urbina gathered several of his friends--writers, poets and artists-- and launched the magazine. The dress, the Spanglish--that was marvelous. There was a lot of imagination coming out of that culture. They represented Chicano pride against all the bigotry and prejudice.
He wanted his magazine to be equally evocative, broad and diverse: about his community, his culture, his cuentos. Originally conceptualized as a literary work, Con Safos soon was exploring social and political causes.
But it all came to an end in , when, due to lack of funding, the magazine published its last issue. Like the other old-timers, Sifuentes, 63, is most excited about the new generation of writers he guides at the workshop sessions, often pulling out of them--during discussions--poignant experiences that later lead to creative writing. Alberto Ledesma, 29, is of the younger generation. He is working toward a doctorate in ethnic studies and has studied with author Sandra Cisneros, feminist Cherrie Moraga and poet Gary Soto.
Recently divorced and now the single mother of three, Carrasco has nonetheless managed to attend every meeting since she joined the group three years ago. For a few of Los Rukitos Chimuelos the story is disturbing. And on this particular night of reading, Carrasco, a Nueva Pensadora , is asked to, por favor , read something else. She relents graciously and then leads the group in a lively conversation about the subject.
With the new, improved Con Safos has also come a more sensitive bato or guy, he says. There is warmth and a welcome here. A place for you. This writing experience is not about popular culture. Hot Property. About Us. Brand Publishing. Times News Platforms. Times Store. Facebook Twitter Show more sharing options Share Close extra sharing options. June 26,
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