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Feb-March happenings at Resistencia Bookstore, Austin

February 11, 2010


7pm Friday Feb. 12, 2010

Red Salmon Arts presents Cafè Libro, a bi-monthy open mike series, featuring

Haitian-American writer, cultural worker, performer, & activist Carole Metellus.

Originally from the Eastern United States, Carole presently lives in Austin.  With her pen, Carole works to combat oppression in its numerous forms: hunger, violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, abuse, to name a few.  She is a member of The Austin Project, an effort which reflects the intersecting work of artists, academics and activists, under the auspices of the Center for African & African-American Studies at UT Austin.  Her literary work as appeared in Chariot on the Limp, a collection of Haitian-American poetry, Affirming Flame, an anthology by progressive Texas poets in the aftermath of September 11th, the Lambda Literary Review and others.   Last fall, she orchestrated an arts residency in Beijing, China where she exhibited a bi-disciplinary exhibit in visual art and poetry.

We invite poet/artistas to come share/enjoy the cantos & cuentos of emerging & established writers/musicians.

7pm Monday Feb. 15, 2010 Red Salmon Arts presents:

La Lucha Continua: a reading and book signing of El Monstruo: Dread and Redemption in Mexico by journalist, poet, and activist John Ross.

Join us to honor and celebrate the insurgent voice of this veteran writer/activist who plays a major role in artistic, political, and liberation struggles.    **The reading will serve as an offering to recognize/celebrate the revolutionary life of Xicanindio elder poet/human rights** activist raúlrsalinas who passed away 2 years ago on Feb. 13, 2008.
El Monstruo is a gritty, vibrant People’s History of 23 million, told from the ground up.  John Ross’ book is both a tribute and an indictment, speaking to peoples’ heroes and class warfare, culture and crime, urban beauty and blight, the underbelly and the overclass, environmental degradation and courageous growth, fear and loathing, dread and redemption, hope and corruption.  Ross demonstrates that social forces, not luminaries, drive history as he delves into Mexico City from its geologic beginnings to the Left City it has become in the last decade.  Along the way, he explores the rise and fall of the Tenochtitlan and Aztec civilizations, European conquest and genocide, the War of Independence, the Yanqui Invasion (the so-called Mexican War of 1848), three revolutions and their resulting carnage, the Great Depression, the so-called “Mexican Miracle,” social revolts of the 1960’s and 70’s, the Great Electoral Fraud, the foibles of NAFTA, and the Swine Flu Panic of 2009.

John Ross is a poet, freelance journalist, and activist currently residing in Mexico City. His articles have appeared in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Nation, CounterPunch, Texas Observer, The Progressive, and La Jornada.  His book Rebellion from the Roots won the American Book Award and his somewhat autobiographical memoir Murdered by Capitalism won the Upton Sinclair Award & was a San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year.

9pm Saturday Feb. 27, 2010

CONJURE: Calling up the Spirit of Struggle, Resistance, & Liberation

We invite you to a forum for progressive artist/activists:
A series of experiments in jazz music, dance, spoken word, & cinema
This session will feature award-winning author/activist sharon bridgforth,
Chicana performance artist/cultural worker Virginia Grise, & dance/body movement by Czarina Aggabao Thelen
Rooted in the tradition of improvisation, revolution, and blues, Conjure is a sovereign site for artistic/exploratory/spiritual collaboration, expression, and rejuvenation. Each jam session will highlight the “Afrological improvised music” of the 3Collective along with a featured spoken word performer, dancer, and filmmaker inspired by the jazz aesthetic.
my work has been labeled; performance art, linked stories, poetry, experimental fiction, plays…i call it jazz.  i write performance literature/work that is polyphonic in its design, rendering a vivified return of the art of storytelling to an African-American experience of art. the jazz of my work assumes that art and Life are not separate; that artists are responsible to community; that art is about innovation; that visual art, movement, music, dramatic interpretation, poetic voice, ritual, Prayer and the human Spirit must be presented simultaneously to make a story come alive; that working within a polyrhythmic storytelling form/as jazz-is a traditional African-American practice; that the purpose of this art is to serve the revolution of Spirit; that the reader/audience is a responsible witness-participant in the process of the work’s coming alive”…sharonbridgforth
a salmon rojo production.

12 noon – 4pm Saturday March 6, 2010

Más Memoir Writing Workshop


Internationally Acclaimed Poet and Award Winning Author

In cooperation with Resistencia Bookstore

**There is still room in the workshop – please sign up asap!**

In memoir, the reader must be persuaded that the narrator is writing honestly, whether or not he/she is, is secondary. It doesn’t matter as much ‘what happened’ as what you make of what you remember may have happened. The workshop will consist of exercises, which help us to know how to get started when desiring to work on a memoir essay.  We’ll talk, we’ll laugh, we’ll cry. We’ll vent. We’ll write from our hearts and our minds. And then, we’ll learn to get rid of all the sentimentality and leave on the page what is important for the reader to know about your memoir.

Three hours with Ana Castillo, poet, novelist all around genre-jumper.

Persons interested must submit 1 pg writing sample to apply.  18 yrs. and up.

Ana Castillo will be available only at the workshop.

All queries and to apply:  email:

Cost: $200 per person/Limit only 15 per workshop

*credit cards are accepted IN ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLY!*


ON THAT SAME DAY, Saturday March 6, 2009 . . .

Psst…I Have Something to tell you, Mi Amor:

A reading of Ana Castillo’s play by the Ana Castillo Memoir Players.

Author will be present for discussion afterward.


Resistencia Bookstore

1801 – A South First Street, Austin, TX  78704

New & Recent Titles

Illustrations from the Inside: The Beat Within forward by Adam Mansbach {Mark Batty Publisher}

Lunar Braceros 2125-2148 by Rosaura Sanchez & Beatrice Pita {Calaca Press}

Other: an Asian & Pacific Islander Prisoners’ Anthology compiled by Eddy Zheng & the Asian Prisoner Support Committee

Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners V. the USA by Mumia Abu-Jamal {City Lights Books}

Take Back the Land: Land, Gentrification, & The Umoja Village Shantytown by Max Rameau {Nia Press}

Children of the Desert Mountains (chapbook) by Vernon “Joe” Montoya {Red Salmon Press/Calaca Press joint onda}

Liberation, Imagination, & the Black Panther Party: A New Look at the Panthers & their Legacy edited by Kathleen Cleaver & George Katsiaficas

Blood Lines: Myth, Indigenism, & Chicana/o Literature by Sheila Marie Contreras {UT Press}

Falling Angels: cuentos y poemas by Olga Garcia Echeverria {Calaca Press}

In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition by Fred Moten {Univ. of Minnesota Press}

does you mama know? An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories edited by Lisa C. Moore {2nd Edition, Red Bone Press}

The Real Cost of Prisons Comix edited by Lois Ahrens {PM Press}

A Poetry of Remembrance: New & Rejected Works by Levi Romero {Univ. of New Mexico Press}

Brown Unlike Me: Poems from the Second Layer of Our Skin (chapbook) by Emmanuel Ortiz {Calaca Press & Red Salmon Press} Writ Writer: One Man’s Journey for Justice by Susanne Mason {New Day Films} DVD she danced by 3 Jazz Collective (CD) NOW AVAILABLE! the panza monologues DVD written & performed by virginia grise/co-written by irma mayorga filmed live at plaza de la raza’s margo albert theatre, los angeles, ca CHECK IT OUT! COLLECTIVE MEMBER LILIA ROSAS SET UP A RED SALMON ARTS CYBER-SITE/TUMBLR AT:

Resistencia Bookstore, casa de Red Salmon Arts

1801-A South First St.,

Austin, Tejas  512-416-8885

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