April 27, 2011

AUTHOR CAMEO......JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA

  
The Latina Book Club will feature "Author Cameos" every Wednesday -- brief bios of new authors to explore.  Join us and, as always, Read Latino.



JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA
Poet, author, artist, community leader


Jimmy was born in New Mexico of Indio-Mexican descent.  He was a teen runaway and served five years in prison, where he learned to read and write, and “unearthed a voracious passion for poetry.”  His poems and short stories have earned him many honors including, the Pushcart Prize, the American Book Award, the International Hispanic Heritage Award and for his memoir A PLACE TO STAND the prestigious International Award. 

Baca has devoted his post-prison life to writing and teaching others who are overcoming hardship.  In 2005, he created Cedar Tree Inc., a nonprofit foundation that works to give people of all walks of life the opportunity to become educated and improve their lives.  He is currently working on a novel, a play and more poetry.  To learn more about this extraordinary man and his works and community programs, visit him at www.jimmysantiagobaca.com.

C-TRAIN & 13 MEXICANS

This collection of poems is stark, powerful and full of raw emotion.
It will touch you deeply -- you will cringe, shed tears and continue reading.
To read an excerpt from this collection, click here.