Friday, January 8, 2010

Angela, everywhere

Posted on Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 10:09 PM

On Saturday, January 9, the Guadalupe Theater (1301 Guadalupe Street) will render tribute to the great Chicano poet Angela De Hoyos, who passed away on September 24.

The free tribute will take place at 7 pm and will include music by Juan Tejeda (accordion) and his cousin Armando Tejeda (bajo sexto), food, beer, and wine.

We asked author Carmen Tafolla for a few words about De Hoyos, and she delivered these paragraphs that we now share with you:

“At every single Chicano literary event, reading her work with flair and flourish, applauding others, animando, taking a young poet aside to say, â??I'd like to publish a book of your work,' taking a cultural arts org onto her shoulders to say â??Sí, se puede. What do you need? I'll help.' Energy, creativity, and compassion. She published award-winners in distinguished contests in Rome and London, or on the cheap newsprint 25 cent a copy SA-based Chicano magazine called Caracol. She wrote a poem for us when we lost our first baby; she wrote a poem for organizer Willie Velásquez when he passed away. She attended every single one of the theater productions at the Guadalupe for years on end. She edited with Bryce and Mary Milligan two major Latina anthologies. She was everywhere, everywhere.

None of her friends had any clue she was even seriously into her 70s (much less 80s). Her level of activity and activism, and her involvement in social causes had been legend for many decades, but they had brimmed with youth and optimism, courage, and a trademark De Hoyos gentleness.

I had been writing, publishing a poem here and there, reading everywhere I could, and she said to me one evening, â??Carmen, I'd like to publish a book of your poetry. Moisés and I can do it, in our garage. Through M&A Press. Just give me the poems. We'll take care of the rest.' My book Curandera was the result.

Raul `Salinas` was right , but in a very understated way, when he called her â??the den mother of the Chicano Movement.' She empowered us â?¦ "



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