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UTPA Library's Innovative Voices Series hosts poet alurista Oct. 11
By Office of University Relations
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Posted: 10/06/2010
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Revolutionary poet alurista will be at The University of Texas-Pan American Oct. 11 as the 2010 speaker in the UTPA Library's Innovative Voices Series.


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Revolutionary poet alurista will talk about his latest book "Tunaluna" Oct. 11 as guest of the UTPA Library's Innovative Voices Series.

An active writer as well as a political activist for more than four decades, alurista is responsible for many milestones in the history of American poetry.

He will be guest of honor at a merienda/platica at the UTPA Library Faculty Lounge from 4-5:30 p.m. Seating is limited at this event and it is recommended that those wishing to attend R.S.V.P. as soon as possible. Following the merienda, he will give an address at 6 p.m. in the UTPA Student Union Theater. Students, faculty, staff as well as the general public will have a chance to meet alurista and purchase his first book published in the last 10 years, "Tunaluna." The book will be available for sale at the UTPA Bookstore and at the events. To check on copies or book prices, call Sergio Lopez at the bookstore at (956) 665-2227.

alurista (real name Alberto Urista) is one of the seminal and most influential voices in the history of Chicano literature. A pioneering poet of the Chicano movement in the late 60s and 70s, he broke down barriers in the publishing world with his use of bilingual and multilingual writings in Spanish, English, Nahuatl and Maya. A scholar, activist, editor, organizer and philosopher, he holds a Ph.D. in Spanish and Latin American literature from the University of California in San Diego and is the author of 10 books including "Floricanto en Aztlan" (1971), "Timespace Huracan" (1976), "Spik in Glyph?" (1981) and "Z Eros" (1995). His book, "Et Tu Raza?," won the Before Columbus Foundation National Book Award in Poetry in 1996. Juan Tejeda, publisher/editor of Aztlan Libre, which published "Tunaluna," describes alurista as "a key figure in the reclaiming of the MeXicano cultural identity, history and heritage through his integration of American Indian language, symbols and spirituality in his writings."

In the introduction to the book "Tunaluna" Tejeda writes: "alurista is a Xicano poet for the ages and a chronicler of la Nueva Raza Cozmica. With Tunaluna he trumpets the return of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered-serpent of Aztec and Mayan prophecy, and helps to lead us out of war and into the dawn of a new consciousness and sun, el Sexto Sol, nahuicoatl, cuatro serpiente, sun of justice."

For more information on the "alurista Tunaluna Texas Book Tour," go to Aztlan Libre Press or call (210) 531-9505. For more information about alurista's visit to UTPA, contact Virginia Haynie Gause, media and marketing librarian at vgause@utpa.edu or call (956) 665-2303.