DATE:  October 21, 2005
CONTACT: Dr. Jesus Rosales, Professor of Spanish, (361) 825-5779; Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2336

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to Hold Reception for Publication Dedicated to Mexican and Chicano Literature

Third edition of “Puentes” includes poems, stories in Spanish and English

Angus! Angus!
Over here. We’ve got ourselves another wetback.
Oh (expletive). You mean another corpse.
Oh Bob, what kills me is the (expletive) paperwork.
There is his wallet. Take it! Take it!
Oh noooo! Rain again. So much for my new hat. Let’s get out of here.
Let someone else claim this guy, and… hurry, hurry

From El wetback mojado by Professor Javier Villarreal (Puentes, Vol. 1)

The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi College of Arts and Humanities will hold a reception honoring “Puentes: Revista de literatura, cultura y arte,” a journal that promotes Chicano and Mexican literature, culture and art on Friday, Oct. 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the University Center, Legacy Room.

The reception will feature poetry, narrative, music, and dance to celebrate the third publication of the annual journal founded in 2003. Keynote speaker will be Roland Hinojosa-Smith, author of the award-winning novels “Klail City” and “The Valley.”

“The main focus of the journal is to publish works dealing with Chicano and Mexican cultural themes,” said Dr. Jesus Rosales, professor of Spanish and founder and editor of the publication. “By doing this we hope to strengthen the cultural relations between people on both sides of the Mexico-U.S. border with the intent of breaking down those cultural barriers that many times lead to misunderstandings between the Chicano and the Mexicano.”

The journal, which includes works in Spanish and English, is funded equally by the University’s College of Arts and Humanities, the Office of the Provost and donations from private sponsors. Prior to joining the A&M-Corpus Christi faculty, Rosales taught at Texas A&M University and was a visiting professor of Spanish at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. He graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Spanish and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.