Aztlan Libre Press, a homegrown, independent publishing company dedicated to “the promotion, publication, and free expression of Xican@ literature and art,” hits the ground running with its inaugural publication, Tunaluna — poet alurista’s 10th book to date. Considered “one of the most influential voices in the history of Chicano literature,” and “a key figure in the reclaiming of the MeXicano cultural identity,” alurista (née Alberto Baltazar Urista Heredia) embarks on the Tunaluna Texas Book Tour this week. A former member of the Taco Shop Poets, alurista identifies as a Buddhist, a Roman Catholic, and a socialist, “with a definite Mayan bent to everything.” Straight from the source, tales of Quetzalcoatl’s return, terrorism, $4 gallons of gas, and the “Dubya” wars can be heard at the following presentations: 7-9pm Wed Oct 6 at Texas Lutheran University (1000 W. Court St., Seguin), public reading, plática, and book signing; 12-1pm Fri Oct 8 at Palo Alto College Student Center (1400 W. Villaret), public reading and plática; 10am-12:30pm Sat Oct 9 at Palo Alto College Performing Arts Center Recital Hall (1400 W. Villaret), intergenerational Chicano poetry workshop (registration required by calling collaborators Gemini Ink at (210) 734-9673). Wrapping up SA’s limited engagement with the Mexico City-born poet and activist is an Indigenous Dignity Day Human Rights March (assembly and poetry reading with music) from 2-4pm at Columbus Park (corner of W. Martin and San Saba). For more on the march, see last week’s “SayTown Lowdown.” All events are free and open to the public.
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