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    Burn The Wagon: Call For Submissions

               Burn the Wagon Chapbook Series Our city’s official logo proudly proclaims El Monte’s place at the “end of the Santa Fe Trail.” The white covered wagon at the center of the logo places white Americans as El Monte’s “pioneers.” Indigenous people that occupied these lands before and the Mexican, Latino, […]

A Call for Submissions!

South El Monte Arts Posse is putting together a chapbook! All Monteros, or those who know El Monte, are invited to submit. Submissions due
July 1.

Read about the call here!

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Featured in SEMAP’s East of East series!

I’ve been trying to stay on top of these entries being posted for SEMAP’s East of East series. They’ve all been wonderful and have been teaching me things I never knew about El Monte and South El Monte.

Today I am the subject of an entry! Last year I was interviewed by the lovely Alexandra Maria Landeros, an Austin-based writer who is also from South El Monte. It’s so exciting to see the piece is up! You can read it on the Tropics of Meta website here.

Upcoming SEMAP events!

Upcomng SEMAP events!

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Michael Jaime-Becerra at the El Monte Public Library

South El Monte Arts Posse had their first event yesterday for their East of East series of community-building events.

Award-winning author Michael Jaime-Becerra read a nonfiction piece about the Golfland arcade, where he made many childhood memories.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune covered the event.

Stay tuned for more events!

South El Monte Arts Posse

As Andi Rowe lived in South El Monte (because I lived in South El Monte), I think it only fitting to share here the work of the fabulous South El Monte Arts Posse!

South El Monte Arts Posse, or SEMAP,  is a collective of artists, writers, urban planners, educators, scholars, farmers, ecologists, swap meet vendors, and youth dedicated to engaging with the South El Monte and El Monte community through the arts.

They organize events, such as readings. They are also currently putting together a reader called “East of East: Mapping Community Narratives in South El Monte and El Monte”, which promises to be an engaging and informative collection of pieces on the people, places, events, and movements of South El Monte and El Monte. The first two entries can be read here.

And they’re putting together an oral history!

These are incredibly ambitious projects. It’s wonderful to see people taking such an interest in these places dear to my heart. I know that thanks to them the history, culture, and art of these communities will not be lost.

Find SEMAP on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest news from this exciting group!


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