Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Lucha Corpi, Chicana lit elder, in FW today!

Lucha Corpi, born in Mexico, emigated with her husband to the Bay Area in 1965, and five years later divorced him. From there on out, Lucha created a world for herself that involved sociopolitical transformation, literary expression, and academic achievements. By 1970, she--armed with a Master's in Comparative Lit from San Francisco State University--assumed the position of Coordinator for the Chicano Studies Library at the University of California at Berkeley. Wow. Overcoming a language barrier, as well as social stigmas that kept Mexican women out of the public realm, Lucha truly reinvented herself in the United States. An inspiring example, certainly, for women everywhere.

Today, Wednesday, February 8th, she will offer a reading of her poetry at the Rose Marine Theater (1440 N. Main Street in N. FW), from 4pm to 5pm. Call 817-624-8333 for more info.

And tomorrow, Thursday, February 9th, Lucha will present a talk on-campus at TCU, in the Kelly Alumni Center. That begins at 7pm. Free and open to everyone. Refreshments will be served.

Lucha Corpi has received several awards for her work, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Prize in Fiction, and the Multicultural Publishers Exchange Book Award of Excellence in Adult Fiction. Her popular mystery novel series introduced the first Chicana detective, Gloria Damasco, as a recurring character.

For more background on Lucha Corpi, check out this great interview.

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