Poetry. Latinio/Latina Studies. Art. LOTERÍA CARDS AND FORTUNE POEMS pairs the masterful artwork of Mexican artist Artemio Rodriguez with the poetry of Juan Felipe Herrera, one of America's finest Chicano writers. Here is a collection of linoleum cuts and poetry based on the imagery of la lotería, a popular folkloric game of chance that originated in 18th-century colonial Mexico and is still quite popular today. Rodriguez's prints are haunting and exquisite, and Herrera's hallucinatory, sometimes poignant poems were written in direct response to them. Together, they map the modern heart of this richly symbolic popular tradition. LOTERÍA is a unique collaboration, a seamless union of word and image, and of Mexican and Chicano sensibilities. A commonly shared tradition has engendered a brilliant and inspiring leap across borders into a game of life with many ways to win.
Juan Felipe Herrera was initiated into the Word by the fire- speakers of the early Chicano Movimiento and by heavy exposure to various poetry, jazz, and blues performance streams. He is the Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. The son of Mexican immigrants, Herrera grew up in the migrant fields of California. In March 2012 Herrera was named Poet Laureate for the state of California, the first Hispanic writer to hold the position.Born in Michoacán, Artemio Rodriguez is a woodcut artist known for his prints in Dagoberto Gilb's Woodcuts of Women. In 2002 he founded La Mano Press in Los Angeles, California.Author City: FRESNO, CA USA