Thursday, June 28, 2012

Special Event



Paula de Gortari
Cultural Projects
UNAM-USA San Antonio
(210) 222-8626 ext. 236
600 Hemisfair Park
San Antonio, TX 78205

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Voices de la Luna Gathering on Wednesday

Voices de la Luna
A Quarterly Poetry & Arts Magazine
Wednesday, June 27th, at 7 p.m.
Barnes and Noble--Shops at La Cantera

Voices de la Luna is featuring me, yes me,
Floyd L. Lamrouex, at their monthly venue
at the Shops at La Cantera.
So, I am asking all of you who support
Awaken the Sleeping Poet to come out and
support me Wednesday night.

Floyd L. Lamrouex, who writes under the pen name Michaud L. Lamrouex, is a native Texan and a practicing attorney in San Antonio, Texas. He received his BA honors degree from Howard Payne University, and a Juris Doctor degree and an MBA degree from Texas Tech University.

Lamrouex is a published writer whose articles have appeared in the Texas Bar Journal and the BMW Roundel. He is also an aspiring novelist, having completed book One, Child of Light, and book Two, Warrior, Wizard, and Healer in a fantasy series entitled, The Daystar, for which he is currently seeking a publisher (and is well into writing books Three and Four of the Daystar Series).

His most recent published writing has been in the area of poetry, and in his collection entitled Oasis in the Sky, he combines his story-telling ability with his skill in writing poetry. His poetry has been published in Inkwell Echoes, Voices Along the River, The Dreamcatcher, the Poetry Society of Texas’ Book of the Year, A Galaxy of Verse, and the San Antonio Express-News. He has already received numerous awards for his poetry, including first places at both local and state levels, and he was recently the spotlighted poet for the Poetry Society of Texas.

Lamrouex serves the San Antonio Poets Association as Treasurer and Webmaster, and has also served as membership chairman, and program chairman. He is legal counsel for A Galaxy of Verse, and he is a councilor-at-large, Webmaster, and legal counsel for the Poetry Society of Texas. He is also legal counsel and Parliamentarian for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Inc., and he is chairman of the board of directors for the Laurel Crown Foundation, a non-profit literary organization for the promotion of poetry and art in the San Antonio area. Lamrouex is the host of Awaken the Sleeping Poet, a monthly poetry venue at the Northwoods Barnes & Noble in north San Antonio and a second Awaken the Sleeping Poet venue close to downtown at the Twig Book Store.

In addition to writing poetry and supporting poetry at the local, state, and national levels, Lamrouex enjoys ballroom dancing and loves the challenge and adrenalin rush of dangerous pursuits such as sky diving and rock climbing, but he also enjoys the more sedate pleasures of restoring classic BMWs and Jaguars, training Border Collies, building computers, composing music, and playing trumpet and flugel in his church’s orchestra.

Barnes & Noble at the Shops at La Cantera
15900 La Cantera Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78256
I'll be reading from 7:00 to 7:30
to be followed by open mic.
Bring yourself, bring a poem, and bring a friend!

Floyd (Michaud) L. Lamrouex
(210) 656-3131

Monday, June 25, 2012

Devil's Tango Book Reading and Signing

Dear Friends of Bihl Haus Arts,

"An astonishing anatomy of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster" - John Nichols (author, The Milagro Beanfield War)

A "tour de force . . . provocative and carefully crafted . . . beguiling, passionate . . . with a flair for scintillating satire." - Jeff Biggers,

"Profound, quirky, and laugh-out-loud funny at times, and utterly terrifying . . ." - Jacquelin Cabasso, Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation

" A morally powerful call for renewed activism" - Ed Conroy, Express-News

What's all the fuss? Why is everyone going--dare I say it--nuclear? Well, it's because they're writing about "the most important book to read this year"! And where can you get hold of it? At Bihl Haus, that's where! Because this Saturday at 4pm distinguished author Cecile Pineda will read from her astonishing new book Devil's Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step (Wing's Press, Mar. 11, 2012). Prepare for a stimulating and entertaining afternoon--Cecile is known for her dry wit and energetic delivery--set against the brilliant installation GLOW: The Nuclear Show, organized by David Zamora Casas. The book will be available for purchase and signing followed by a reception for the author.

See you on Saturday!


This event is made possible with support from the San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs & the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Zapata H.S. Mariachi Band

I found this story very interesting and wanted to share it with you!

Zapata High School Mariachi Band

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Request for Banned Books


Today I received an email from Kimberly Rendon requesting help with an Underground Library for San Antonio. Here is her email:

"The Underground Library was created by a Houston organization, Nuestra Palabra, in response to the Arizona House Bill 2281 that banned Mexican American studies. In the spring, various writers and activist joined together to raise funds for books for the Tucsan Unified School District that were directly effected by the book banning. They drove in a caravan and called themselves Librotraficantes. There are currently four libraries around the country being created.

At the moment, San Antonio's library is just developing. We are organizing various events though out the summer that will make the library accessible to the community. We have a selection of banned and cultural study books and are constantly expanding the library to include all kinds of literature. We hope to eventually start a checkout system. I am reaching out to you for any advise or possible help. Since we are just starting off, there are various things we still need. If there are any resources you can provide, such as contacts or books, it would be greatly appreciated.

If you have books to donate, we can arrange a time for pick-up at your convenience. We tend to have a need for any Mexican American literature but will accept any books you have to offer. Let me know if you have any questions and feel free to reach me by phone."

If anyone has any of the books on this list below that they would like to donate, please let me know so that I can put you in touch with Kimberly. Email me at

High School Course Texts and Reading Lists Table 20: American Government/Social Justice Education Project 1, 2 - Texts and Reading Lists

Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years (1998), by B. Bigelow and B. Peterson
The Latino Condition: A Critical Reader (1998), by R. Delgado and J. Stefancic
Critical Race Theory: An Introduction (2001), by R. Delgado and J. Stefancic
Pedagogy of the Oppressed (2000), by P. Freire
United States Government: Democracy in Action (2007), by R. C. Remy
Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History (2006), by F. A. Rosales
Declarations of Independence: Cross-Examining American Ideology (1990), by H. Zinn

Table 21: American History/Mexican American Perspectives, 1, 2 - Texts and Reading Lists

Occupied America: A History of Chicanos (2004), by R. Acuna
The Anaya Reader (1995), by R. Anaya
The American Vision (2008), by J. Appleby et el.
Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years (1998), by B. Bigelow and B. Peterson
Drink Cultura: Chicanismo (1992), by J. A. Burciaga
Message to Aztlan: Selected Writings (1997), by C. Jiminez
De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views Multi-Colored Century (1998), by E. S. Martinez
500 Anos Del Pueblo Chicano/500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures (1990), by E. S. Martinez
Codex Tamuanchan: On Becoming Human (1998), by R. Rodriguez
The X in La Raza II (1996), by R. Rodriguez
Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History (2006), by F. A. Rosales
A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present (2003), by H. Zinn
Course: English/Latino Literature 7, 8

Ten Little Indians (2004), by S. Alexie
The Fire Next Time (1990), by J. Baldwin
Loverboys (2008), by A. Castillo
Women Hollering Creek (1992), by S. Cisneros
Mexican WhiteBoy (2008), by M. de la Pena
Drown (1997), by J. Diaz
Woodcuts of Women (2000), by D. Gilb
At the Afro-Asian Conference in Algeria (1965), by E. Guevara
Color Lines: "Does Anti-War Have to Be Anti-Racist Too?" (2003), by E. Martinez
Culture Clash: Life, Death and Revolutionary Comedy (1998), by R. Montoya et al.
Let Their Spirits Dance (2003) by S. Pope Duarte
Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz (1997), by M. Ruiz
The Tempest (1994), by W. Shakespeare
A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America (1993), by R. Takaki
The Devil's Highway (2004), by L. A. Urrea
Puro Teatro: A Latino Anthology (1999), by A. Sandoval-Sanchez & N. Saporta Sternbach
Twelve Impossible Things before Breakfast: Stories (1997), by J. Yolen
Voices of a People's History of the United States (2004), by H. Zinn

Course: English/Latino Literature 5, 6

Live from Death Row (1996), by J. Abu-Jamal
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven (1994), by S. Alexie
Zorro (2005), by I. Allende
Borderlands La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1999), by G. Anzaldua
A Place to Stand (2002), by J. S. Baca
C-Train and Thirteen Mexicans (2002), by J. S. Baca
Healing Earthquakes: Poems (2001), by J. S. Baca
Immigrants in Our Own Land and Selected Early Poems (1990), by J. S. Baca
Black Mesa Poems (1989), by J. S. Baca
Martin & Mediations on the South Valley (1987), by J. S. Baca
The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud, and the Attack on America's Public Schools (19950, by D. C. Berliner and B. J. Biddle
Drink Cultura: Chicanismo (1992), by J. A Burciaga
Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States (2005), by L. Carlson & O. Hijuielos
Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing up Latino in the United States (1995), by L. Carlson & O. Hijuielos
So Far From God (1993), by A. Castillo
Address to the Commonwealth Club of California (1985), by C. E. Chavez
Women Hollering Creek (1992), by S. Cisneros
House on Mango Street (1991), by S. Cisneros
Drown (1997), by J. Diaz
Suffer Smoke (2001), by E. Diaz Bjorkquist
Zapata's Discipline: Essays (1998), by M. Espada
Like Water for Chocolate (1995), by L. Esquievel
When Living was a Labor Camp (2000), by D. Garcia
La Llorona: Our Lady of Deformities (2000), by R. Garcia
Cantos Al Sexto Sol: An Anthology of Aztlanahuac Writing (2003), by C. Garcia-Camarilo, et al.
The Magic of Blood (1994), by D. Gilb
Message to Aztlan: Selected Writings (2001), by Rudolfo "Corky" Gonzales
Saving Our Schools: The Case for Public Education, Saying No to "No Child Left Behind" (2004) by Goodman, et al.
Feminism is for Everybody (2000), by b hooks
The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child (1999), by F. Jimenez
Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools (1991), by J. Kozol
Zigzagger (2003), by M. Munoz
Infinite Divisions: An Anthology of Chicana Literature (1993), by T. D. Rebolledo & E. S. Rivero
...y no se lo trago la tierra/And the Earth Did Not Devour Him (1995), by T. Rivera
Always Running - La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. (2005), by L. Rodriguez
Justice: A Question of Race (1997), by R. Rodriguez
The X in La Raza II (1996), by R. Rodriguez
Crisis in American Institutions (2006), by S. H. Skolnick & E. Currie
Los Tucsonenses: The Mexican Community in Tucson, 1854-1941 (1986), by T. Sheridan
Curandera (1993), by Carmen Tafolla
Mexican American Literature (1990), by C. M. Tatum
New Chicana/Chicano Writing (1993), by C. M. Tatum
Civil Disobedience (1993), by H. D. Thoreau
By the Lake of Sleeping Children (1996), by L. A. Urrea
Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life (2002), by L. A. Urrea
Zoot Suit and Other Plays (1992), by L. Valdez
Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert (1995), by O. Zepeda

UPDATE, Monday, January 16, 2012

The list above is not complete. As I learn of other titles that have been boxed, I will add them to the list.

Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Yo Soy Joaquin/I Am Joaquin, by Rodolfo Gonzales
Into the Beautiful North, by Luis Alberto Urrea
The Devil's Highway, by Luis Alberto Urrea

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Fiesta for the Hispanic Soul

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS., June 2, 2012 - iUniverse is proud to announce the e-Book release of the book "Fiesta for the Hispanic Soul" by author Ruben Soto. The book was originally published in 2003 and was an Amazon bestseller.

In the book Soto shares some of his personal stories, poems, and tales that will touch your heart. The book offers you hope, encouragement, peace for your soul, and taking pride in being Hispanic in today's America.Latinos are now America's largest minority group, and they come from different and diverse backgrounds. They have a unique culture, and the extended family plays a very important role in their daily lives.This book will make you see Hispanics in a totally different way, and show you how they are changing our nation. It celebrates the Hispanic culture of today. It celebrates the America of today.

The book includes stories on Jennifer Lopez, Selena, Gloria Estefan, Jorge Ramos, Cristina Saralegui, and Sandra Cisneros and a special section titled "Only in America Do Dreams Come True" highlighting some of the most successful Hispanics in United States history.

It's fiesta time in America! So get ready to take your heart to places it's never been before!

You can purchase the book on Amazon here:

And you can purchase the book on Barnes and Noble's website here:

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Immigration Relief for Undocumented Youth

HACU Praises the Obama Administration for Immigration Relief for Undocumented Youth

HACU applauds Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and the Obama Administration for directing that certain qualifying young people, brought to the United States as minors, be considered for relief from removal or from entering into removal proceedings. They will be eligible to receive deferred action for a period of two years, renewable for an additional two years and apply for work authorization. The Administration noted that it is not granting amnesty nor providing a path to citizenship. The administration’s decision will impact as many as 800,000 immigrants.

“HACU strongly supports and applauds the Obama Administration’s decision today to provide immigration relief to our young people,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “Immigration is a vital issue to HACU’s membership and the decision the administration and Secretary Napolitano issued today is an important step in the right direction. HACU will continue to work hard on this issue until a just and fair comprehensive immigration reform, including DREAM Act provisions, is passed.”

“HACU created the Act on the DREAM Coalition in 2010 to urge passage of the DREAM Act and allow qualified young people the chance to make their contribution to the American dream. We are encouraged by the leadership the administration has shown today,” said Flores.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Book Review: Hell Above Earth

I hope you enjoy my book review which appeared in yesterday's San Antonio Express-News:

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Thursday, June 07, 2012

Book Signing--Lupe Ruiz-Flores

Lupe Ruiz-Flores’ fourth bilingual picture storybook, Alicia’s Fruity Drinks/Las aguas frescas de Alicia, illustrated by award-winning Laura Lacamara, and published by Piñata Books, Arte Público Press, is now out in bookstores. She will have a book signing on:

Sunday, June 10, 2012
4 p.m.

Barnes & Noble Bookstore
San Pedro Crossing
321 NW Loop 410, #104

Please join us!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

You Don't Have a Clue

Congratulations to Editor Sarah Cortez and the writers--including our very own Bertha Jacobson--on the selection of "You Don't Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens," on being selected as an Honorable Mention in the 2012 International Latino Book Awards.

Best Young Adult Fiction – English

FIRST PLACE The Last Summer of the Death Warriors, Francisco X. Stork; Arthur A. Levine Books; Mexico

SECOND PLACE Diego’s Dragon, Book One: Spirits of the Sun, Kevin Gerard; Crying Cougar Press; USA

HONORABLE MENTION Dancing Home, Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta; Atheneum Books; Cuba, USA

HONORABLE MENTION You Don’t Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens, Sarah Cortez; Arte Público Press; USA

If you haven't had a chance to read the book, I strongly urge you to buy it. Here is a link to a review of the book which appeared in the San Antonio Express-News:

You Don't Have a Clue 

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Sunday, June 03, 2012

Lupe Ruiz-Flores Book Signing

Lupe Ruiz-Flores’ fourth bilingual picture storybook, Alicia’s Fruity Drinks/Las aguas frescas de Alicia, illustrated by award-winning Laura Lacamara, and published by Piñata Books, Arte Público Press, is now out in bookstores. She will have a book signing on:

Sunday, June 10, 2012
4 p.m.

Barnes & Noble Bookstore
San Pedro Crossing
321 NW Loop 410, #104
Please join us!