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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, […]

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SEMAP Events

South El Monte Arts Posse is hosting some rad events in El Monte and South El Monte!

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House Party in El Monte

South El Monte Arts Posse will be throwing a launch party for their first chapbook, Burn the Wagon! All are welcome to attend. The party is Saturday, October 21, starting at 6PM. Chapbooks will be on sale for $5. There will be readings and DJs spinning (?) tunes. See SEMAP on Facebook or Instagram for the exact location.

Sadly, I won’t be able to attend, but I hope those of you in the area will check out this literary throwback to 90s backyard parties.



Burn The Wagon: Writings from Greater El Monte

South El Monte Arts Posse has published their first chapbook in the “Burn the Wagon” series!

My poem “The Substitute’s Pot Poem” is included, along with work from Jennifer Renteria, DJ Horchata, Alfred Mendoza, Steve Valenzuela, Benny Luna Gutierrez, Charity C. Tran, Gregorio Gonzalez, and Christine Tran. This is the first poem I have published since college, and the first thing I’ve had in print in some years.

Only 300 copies were printed, in Mexico. They are on sale for $5. How often can you say you have a book printed in Mexico? Go take a look at cofounder Romeo Guzman’s site!

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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.


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