Posts Tagged ‘Indiana’

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Next to of course, God, America, Basketball

May 19, 2008

When it comes to Indiana politics, sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words.

Picture is of a polling place in Fountain Square, taken by neighborhood resident Jennifer Hughes.

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Notre Dame Announces Launch of Latino Poetry Review

May 6, 2008

One final Latino-inspired post for the day. Late last month the University of Notre Dame’s Letras Latinas program announced the launch of their online magazine Latino Poetry Review. According to their mission statement, LPR is dedicated to publishing “book reviews, essays, and interviews with an eye towards spurring inquiry and dialogue.”

There are several inter- and re-views over there right now and I encourage all those interested in Latino literature or poetry to pop over there and check it out. It’s a new venture in a lot of ways so I’m sure they would appreciated your feedback.

Here’s mine: Publish some poems.

I know it’s not in the mission statement and the journal is clearly out to plant itself in the critical realm rather than in artistic production but, I fail to see how the two aren’t integrally connected. The Institute for Latino Studies there at ND has already published several books of poetry by Latin American-American authors and with LPR they are poised to take on a central role in the Latino literary arts. It seems strange with the limitless space of the internet, they wouldn’t try to either 1) cross promote their own publications or 2) provide a venue for finding future poets to publish.

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Goshen, Indiana and Apan, (Hidalgo), Mexico

May 6, 2008

The relationship that Indianapolis, Indiana, USA has with Tala, Jalisco, MX (described in the previous post) is very similar to the one between Goshen, Indiana, USA and Apan, Hidalgo, MX–as highlighted in this write-up in Goshen’s Bulletin and in the documentary described therein.

I first learned of Fuerza while attending the 6th Annual Statewide Conference on Latino Affairs last October (but have sadly yet to get my hands on a copy). My guess is that this is not a unique phenomena at all, and in fact is indicative of the one of the larger drivers of immigration.

Economic incentive is clearly the major driver, but that only informs us that immigration will happen, it does not really explain from where immigrants will arrive or where they will decide to settle. That seems to be determined by reasons of social capital. New immigrants will seek out locales near where friends and family from the source country have gone.

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Más Información de Tala (More Information about Tala)

May 6, 2008

IUPUI Professor of History Michael Snodgrass, in the course of researching his new book on Mexican immigration, recently visited and returned from a trip to a town called Tala in Mexico’s western state of Jalisco (famous source of tequila).

Tala enjoys a very special relationship with Indianapolis, which Snodgrass outlined and explored in an article in Indianapolis’ alternative news weekly, Nuvo, last November. Totally worth a read.

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Interview with Norbert Krapf

May 5, 2008

In advance of their release of Norbert Krapf’s memoir The Ripest Moments: A Southern Indiana Childhood, the Indiana Historical Society has published an interview with the author on their blog. Krapf is a nationally recognized poet. One of his previous works, The Country I Come From (2002) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

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