We have been collaborating with Grand Central Arts Center, Artist-in-Residence, Sarah Rafael García in her creation of SanTana´s Fairy Tales project. This project is an oral history, storytelling project, which integrates community based narratives to create contemporary fairytales and fables that represent the history and stories of Mexican/Mexican-American residents of Santa Ana.
This will be the official book release with music composed by Viento Callejero´s Gloria Estrada, along with singer/songwriter Ruby Castellanos, and members of The Pacific Symphony. Our editor will be presenting Tony Viramontes from Transgeneros en Accion with a donation from the profits of our Zoraida & Marisol zine sales.
Our editor César Ramos will be participating in The American Literary Translators Association´s 39th annual conference in Oakland, California. He will be part of Inheriting the Future: Cross-Pollinations of Race and Translation panel/roundtable on Saturday, October 8th at 9:15am in Grand Ballroom C, along with Jen Hofer, Adrienne Perry,Sawako Nakayasu, Kenji C. Liu, and Namrata Poddar.
Raspa Magazine will hosting a reading and discussion at the 2016 Split This Rock Poetry Festival. We will have specific dates and times for the session as we get closer to the event date. Please find below our session title and description.
Increasing queer visibility through independent publication: a reading and discussion.
The representation of the queer Latina/Latino community in mainstream imagery is limited to a vision lacking depth and complexity. Usually fixating on a cultural stereotype or a pre-conceived notion of sexuality, often marginalized if it does not adhere itself to exploitation. Contemporary queer Latina/Latino poets, editors, and publishers are creating their own spaces that allow for the exploration of other messages such as; identity, organizing, writing, family, and social justice. Through the discussion of these fundamental themes we hope to increase visibility, foster solidarity, and raise awareness of diverse representations of the queer Latina/Latino community. Featured authors of Raspa Magazine, a queer Latino literary magazine, will read and discuss their work, their experience with independent publications, and the challenges faced in order to maintain such mediums viable. We will be featuring Monica Teresa Ortiz, Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes, Sarah Maria Medina, Raquel Gutierrez, and César Ramos.
Rough Nights is a reading series created by Raspa Magazine in attempt to connect our audience and featured authors in a way that extends past the page. We believe that through increased visibility and access the relationship between audience and authors can grow more intimate and help spur understanding amongst ourselves as peers and for those outside our community.