Author - Francisco Aviles Pino

Karla Cordero’s Poetry Is A Call To Home

Poet Karla Cordero’s backyard in carlsbad, california holds sugar snap peas, broccoli sprouts, and young to towering sunflowers that greet you as you sit down. Before talking about her book on a cool December morning, Karla gave photographer Arlene Mejorado and I a tour of all the plants she harvested

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Anaheim

A Conversation With West Anaheim’s Poet, Jesus Cortez

“…Poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action.” –Audre Lorde The corner of Beach and

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Anaheim

A Letter to Those Hurting On the Fourth of July

Our desire to be free has got to manifest itself in everything we are and do. Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography This fourth of july comes after back to back attacks of all of our communities. Just yesterday, someone’s president reversed Obama’s guidelines on affirmative action in schools in what

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Author - Francisco Aviles Pino

On listening to the undocumented youth who interrupted Nancy Pelosi

On Monday night, I listened to Kendrick Lamar in preparation for my poetry and leadership workshop for high school students every week when I got a call asking if I heard about what happened in San Francisco. That morning, undocumented youth interrupted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) during a

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