Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Poet, writer and activist Raul R. Salinas offers readings, workshop Nov. 16-17

KINGSVILLE - November 10, 2006



KINGSVILLE (November 10, 2006) — Raúl R. Salinas has gone from serving time in four different prisons to respected Chicano poet, human rights activist and mentor.

He will be on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus Thursday and Friday, Nov. 16 and 17, for a series of free events presented by the language and literature department’s Spanish program and the communications and theatre arts department’s journalism program.

Salinas is an author of poetry collections, spoken word CDs and pieces for academic journals and anthologies. Currently, he serves as adjunct professor at St. Edwards University in Austin and as the director of Resistencia Bookstore/Casa de Red Salmon Press, a literary venue and center for aspiring writers in Austin.

Salinas also conducts creative writing clinics throughout the country for disenfranchised youth. He has worked extensively with the American Indian Movement and the International Indian Treaty Council, and is a co-founder of the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee.

Prior to Salinas’s arrival, an international context will be given to the human rights issues he will discuss with a screening and discussion of the film Un granito de arena (Grain of Sand), which focuses on the struggle of teachers in Mexico, Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 1-3 p.m. in the Ben Bailey Art Gallery at A&M Kingsville. The showing is sponsored in part by Cinemateca Hispana and the Hispanic Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi.

Thursday, Nov. 16, Salinas arrives on campus and hosts a writer’s workshop at 9 a.m. in Room176 of the Speech Building. Those interested in attending should call Marco Íñiguez, Spanish instructor, at 361-593-4519 or Dr. Roberto Vela, Hispanic Studies assistant professor, at 361-593-4062 to find out what preparatory materials are needed.

At 2:30 p.m., Salinas will read and be a part of the roundtable discussion “Writing Human Rights” in the Little Theatre. Also taking part in the discussion will be Vela; Dr. Felipe Ortego y Gasca, professor emeritus of language and literature; and Guillermo “Willie” Perez, president of the G.I. Forum, Felix Longoria chapter.

On Friday, Nov. 17, Salinas will hold a private writing workshop with students at K.E.Y.S. Academy High School of Kingsville. The journalism program, Spanish program and Hispanic Studies Ph.D. program from A&M Kingsville will provide special assistance. At 7 p.m. will be “Un Reading through Jazz,” a private evening reading and jazz performance; information on this event is available from Vela at 361-593-4062.

Saturday, Nov. 18, Salinas will be a part of “Un Trip through Poetry and Jazz with Rumbo al’Anacua,” taking place from 1-4 p.m. at the García Art Center, located at 2021 Agnes St. in Corpus Christi. This event is sponsored by the Alliance for the Advancement of Indigenous/Chicano Cultures (AAICC). A private reception will follow; information on this event is available from Vela at 361-593-4062.

Additional support for the events is provided by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Art Department, CINEMATECA, the Spanish Club, Hispanic Honor Society-Sigma Delta Pi, AAICC, the Mexican American School Board Association of Texas and K.E.Y.S. Academy High School.

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