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We Must Act But How? A Conversation with Juan Felipe Herrera (Part 3 of 3) May 4, 2014: Continued from Part 2. [Transcribed and edited by David Lau.] Part III: Aztlán Against Surveillance Culture DL: I then wonder what you think about what’s going on politically today. Your colleague [...] by

We Must Act But How? A Conversation with Juan Felipe Herrera (Part 2 of 3) May 2, 2014: Continued from Part 1. [Transcribed and edited by David Lau.] Part II: The Multiplicity of Chicanismo When I steered our conversation toward Chicano literature and questions of Chicano identity, as [...] by

We Must Act But How? A Conversation with Juan Felipe Herrera (Part 1 of 3) April 30, 2014: An activist and literary spirit is the core of California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera’s adventurous poetic career. From varied California locales, he’s pursued perhaps the Chicano poetic [...] by

‘The Words Are Purposes. / The Words Are Maps': on the Social Turn in Poetry (Part 2) April 29, 2014: Continued from part 1. 2. The poet often thought most typical of the postmodern period is, of course, John Ashbery. “He is…the poet who has thought most deeply about the mental life that mass [...] by

‘The Words Are Purposes. / The Words Are Maps': on the Social Turn in Poetry (Part 1) April 28, 2014: Contemporary social, political, and broadly historical themes have become more inescapable for me as a poet, and while they were present in my earlier work, this content now assumes a new [...] by

Occupy Oakland: Poesis and Political Practice April 21, 2014: The System Has Got to Die The landscape of global capitalism has been substantially altered in the past six years. A mixed policy of austerity (cuts and state retrenchment) and fiscal stimulus [...] by

Santa Cruz Journal 2 April 15, 2014: Strike Days Big tree, small axe. When the immigrant rights movement is the only active political struggle in the rest of the country, at least you can count on students at UC Santa Cruz for an [...] by

Avant-Garde Cooptation April 7, 2014: What follows is a brief account of avant-garde cooptation at work in conceptual writing and the related practice of “curating” digital archives of experimental art and literature. First what was [...] by

Santa Cruz Journal 1 April 1, 2014: Two Deaths After ten years here Santa Cruz remains strange, a place of convulsive natural beauty. It also still feels like a remote part of LA, some different dimension of reality, where Topanga [...] by