Writers Resist: Louder Together for Free Expression

Essential to our lives in a democracy is the right to free expression. PEN American Center is hosting a gathering and rally on the steps of the New York Public Library, 12 January 2017, on the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. There will be brief readings from chosen texts, and all are invited to gather in defense of this essential freedom. It is an important public gathering to which all are welcome!

Critical Pedagogy on the Margins: Teaching Chicana/o Literature in Rural New Mexico

“Teaching Chicana/o Literature in Community College: Social, Ethnic, and Linguistic Hybridity in Ana Castillo’s So Far from God” explores the importance of teaching ethnic literature at community colleges, and considers the social importance of Ana Castillo’s So Far From God (1993) to Southwest learners. In a time when minority education programs are being threatened by budget cuts, and are rapidly being displaced/replaced by more fiscally “lucrative” certificates and departments, Castillo’s novel demonstrates the contemporary relevance and cultural currency of traditional folklore to small communities.