John L Warfield Center

"Progressive Publishers and Academics: The Last Word on Social Justice?"

This roundtable of independent publishers focuses on collaborations between progressive presses/bookstores and academics in the development of an international, multi-lingual e-library supporting democratic social movements. Writers, artists, activists, educators will explore collective projects using new approaches to technology, literacy, and organizing.

Friday, October 3, 2008
"Progressive Publishers and Academics: The Last Word on Social Justice?"


Fri, October 3, 2008 | CAAAS Conference Room

12:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Jocelyn Burrell and Asha Tall of South End Press,Lisa Moore of Redbone Press and Rene Valdez of Resistencia Book Store/Red Salmon Arts

Lisa C. Moore is the founder and editor of RedBone Press, which publishes work celebrating the culture of black lesbians and gay men and promoting understanding between black gays and lesbians and the black mainstream. RedBone Press books include: does your mama know? An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories; the bull-jean stories and love conjure/blues by Sharon Bridgforth; last rights and nothin' ugly fly by Marvin K. White; Where the Apple Falls by Samiya Bashir; Blood Beats: Vol. 1/ Demos, Remixes and Extended Versions and Blood Beats: Vol. 2 by Ernest Hardy; Erzulie's Skirt by Ana-Maurine Lara; the recent anthologies Spirited: Affirming the Soul and Black Gay/Lesbian Identity and Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 Years of Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Writing; reissues of In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology and Brother to Brother: New Writings by Black Gay Men; and Carry the Word: A Bibliography of Black LGBTQ Books, co-published with Vintage Entity Press. Moore is president of the board of Fire and Ink, an advocacy organization for LGBT writers of African descent.

Rene Valdez Hails from East El Paso, Texas. Rene is a working-class Chicano cultural worker, community organizer, and media activist, who migrated to Austin in the late 1990s. He began as a volunteer for both Red Salmon Arts (RSA), a literary/cultural arts non-profit organization, and community-based Resistencia Bookstore. Since 2000, he has worked closely as a student, political comrade, and caring son of Xicanindio elder poet/human rights activist raúlrsalinas who founded RSA and Resistencia Bookstore. Presently, Rene is the Executive Director of Red Salmon Arts and one of the many caretakers of Resistencia Bookstore. For the past three years, he has co-facilitated the intensive writing workshops of the RSA project, Save Our Youth (SOY), at Johnston High School. Also, he as co-edited several SOY collections of poetry and writing which have featured the youth from Johnston. Additionally, he mentors African American and Chicano/Latino youth in East Austin high schools and middle schools through the COBRA and Young Knights mentorship, leadership development, and academic engagement programs, part of the Institute for Community, University, and School Partnerships at UT Austin.

Following this event:
Intellectual Properties Book reading by Frank Wilderson from his forthcoming genre-bending /Incognegro/ published by South End Press.

Intellectual Property
2402 Guadalupe Street,
Austin, TX 78705

Sponsored by: John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies - Thematic Initiatives and Community Engagement (DDCE)

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