Friday, May 02, 2008

Monday Morning! | Cinco de Mayo | 2008 @ Mesa College, San Diego

Source for my new logo! Scubamex, the wonderdog!
Here's the rest of the skinny on this cool early Monday Morning Cinco de Mayo gig at Mesa College with former TSP rat pack scribe Tommy Riley--but before that, and to my "friends" y carnales before they ask, NO, repeat NO, I am not pointing to my receding hairline in the promotional image here:

Here's an alternate pose! No worries Beltrán--vanity made me do it.


Arellano, por supuesto, horning in on "our" Cinco de Mayo angle! Nice interview there guapo!

update 2!!

Riley and I will be selling and signing copies of our books right after the gig--drop by and give us a shout out!!!

update 3!!!

a map!

The details:

Join Mesa’s Chicana and Chicano Studies Department, San Diego Mesa College Humanities Institute and local publishing mavericks Calaca Press as they present two masters of the word for Cinco de Mayo 2008.

BARRIO BAROQUE: Rats, Rants, & Other Turf Wars of the Naked Tongue

A book discussion and spoken word performance featuring the literary talents of

SDSU Professor
William "Memo" Nericcio
Tex{t}-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America


Former Taco Shop Poet
Tomás Riley
mahcic: selected poems

Monday, May 5, 2008

Room H-117/118
Mesa College
7250 Mesa College Drive
San Diego, CA 92111

FREE and open to the public!

Stereotype deconstructionist Nericcio and metaphor mixing poet Riley form a potent one-two punch of Chicano linguistic insight. By breaking down cultural barriers and building multicultural alliances through their writing these two wordbending marvels bring a much needed ray of light to the latin literary world. Calaca Press and Mesa College are thrilled to collaborate by bringing these two genre defying scribes to campus in what will be a truly entertaining presentation and performance.

Their books: Tex{t}-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America and mahcic: selected poems will be available for sale.

Praise for Nericcio and Riley:

"[Text-Mex] is the closest Latin@ studies has come to a revolutionary vision of how American culture works through its image machines, a vision that cuts through to the roots of the U.S. propaganda archive on Mexican, Tex-Mex, Latino, Chicano/a humanity. Nericcio exposes, deciphers, historicizes, and ’cuts-up’ the postcards, movies, captions, poems, and adverts that plaster dehumanization (he calls them ’miscegenated semantic oddities’) through our brains."

-- David Carrasco, Harvard University

"mahcic gets you open on Riley’s music. A poet who writes like a master DJ: scratching metaphor, mixing cultures and re-mixing themes until he infiltrates your consciousness and makes you recall the gloss before the glitter while warning you about the wind before the storm."

-- Willie Perdomo, author of Where a Nickel Costs a Dime

William Anthony Nericcio travels in various academic disguises, including American Lit scholar, Latin Americanist, Chicana/Chicano Studies devotee/vato, wannabe film studies guru, cultural studies maven, and, last but not least Laredense Tejano acolyte of deconstruction. His book Tex{t}-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America was published in 2007 by University of Texas Press.

Tomás Riley is a poet, writer, educator and a veteran of the seminal San Diego based Chicano spoken-word collective The Taco Shop Poets. His self-released CD Message From the New Forreal debuted in 2003 and his book mahcic: selected poems was published in 2005 by Calaca Press.

This event is organized by Calaca Press, the San Diego Mesa College Chicana and Chicano Studies Department and the San Diego Mesa College Humanities Institute. For more information (including parking) contact Manuel J. Veléz (619) 388-2375 or

Funding has been provided by San Diego Mesa College Humanities Institute.

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