march 2018

BOCA DE ORO, Opening session

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

12:00 PM Luis Rodriguez, Opening The Second Annual Boca de Oro, OC Art & Lit Fringe Festival: ​Curated by Michelle Duman & Marcus Omari

Downtown Santa Ana invites Authors to Take Over Their City “Boca de Oro” festival brings 100+ Literary Artists for Downtown Santa Ana takeover

On Saturday March 3rd, Downtown Santa Ana will be transformed into the Literary Capital of Orange County. Over a dozen art galleries, restaurants, historic buildings and secret spaces will double as houses of letters for literary fans to connect with local and regional writers.

Luis Javier Rodriguez (born 1954) is an American poet, novelist, journalist, critic, and columnist. Luis is also a novelist/memoirist/short story/children's book writer as well as a community & urban peace activist, mentor, healer, youth & arts advocate, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was the 2014 Los Angeles Poet Laureate. Rodriguez is recognized as a major figure in contemporary Chicano literature, and has received numerous awards for his work. His best-known work, Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., received the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, among others. It has been the subject of controversy when it was included in school reading lists in California, Illinois, Michigan, and Texas, due to its frank depictions of gang life. Rodriguez has also founded or co-founded numerous organizations, including the Tía Chucha Press, which publishes the work of unknown writers, Tía Chucha's Centro Cultural, a San Fernando Valley cultural center, and the Chicago-based Youth Struggling for Survival, an organization for at-risk youth.

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