Saturday, March 03, 2007
Hecho en Tejas
Isn't it amazing that it's already March? My goodness! My daughter turns 6 next Saturday and my father turns 83 on the 30th. The baby turns 3 next month.... Amazing!
It was a busy week between work, kids, homework, etc.. I didn't get a chance to write. One of the things I did this week was attend the book launch of Hecho en Tejas. I am so proud of this book for so many reasons. One reason is that it's the first of it's kind. There have been other anthologies of Hispanic/Latino literature before but none like this one. This is a wonderful collection of some of the best work by Mexican American artists. And I say "work" and "artists" because it includes songs by songwriters like Flaco Jimenez, Freddy Fender, and Selena.
I had the honor of attending this Mexican American Mini-Book Fair Thursday night and I heard some great writers read from their work. I had some ties to some of them. I've met Tammy Melody Gomez via the blog world. She's a poet from Ft. Worth. She's in the book and she was there Thursday night. Then there was the amazing writer Cecilia Bali from Brownsville and Houston. She read a beautiful piece that's in the book, "All About My Mother." And finally Diana Lopez. Diana read at Nuestra Palabra the very first time that I read in public at Nuestra Palabra during Women's History Month. They were all wonderful that night among the other great writers that were there, including the Editor of the book, Dagoberto Gilb.
Also included in the book is my cousin Oscar Casares. He has an essay in there that was first published in Texas Monthly magazine.
It's the weekend and the time to clean and get organized. I have a lot of organizing to do. I want to clear my bedroom of clutter. It'll be good for the mind.