In celebration of national library week, Cal Poly Pomona will be hosting Chicano/a Writers Speak! Sub/Urban LA in the Chicanx Literary Imaginations event, today at the library grand reading room from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Michael Jaime-Becerra and Daniel A. Olivas, authors of multiple award-winning stories and novels, will be the guest speakers of the event.

They will share their experiences, culture and the inspirations that led them to write their most well recieved works.

These conversations with guest speakers are part of a series of lectures, sponsored by the English and Foreign Languages department.

This lecture series is called “Lingua Franca.” The aim of this series of speeches is to expand diversity and understand underrepresented communities.

“In a time when people of Mexican origin are being scapegoated and verbally assaulted by American leaders. These events serve as important reminders to all that Mexican Americans also, produce literature at the highest levels,” said Alvaro Huerta, assistant professor, joint faculty appointment in urban & region planning, ethnic & women’s studies and moderator of the event.

Professor Kent Dickson is in charge of putting these events together and forming a committee to help him select guest speakers to invite on campus.

The committee which helped organize this event consisted of Oscar Romero, Huerta, Angelica Ibarra, and library staff.

“I’m very excited to have Chicano writers to come into our campus and tell us their experiences and how it helped them create their stories,” said Ana Silva, fourth-year student and volunteer at the Cesar E. Chavez center for higher education. “Having these writers that share the same upbringings as me is very motivating.”

After listening to the guest speakers students will be more adequatley educated in the realm of Chicanx issues, and may be more inclined to see that literature can deliver  powerful messages to the masses, incliding diverse communities.

“I grew up in East Los Angeles a city with a rich and loving Chicano culture. Unfortunately, my hometown is being attacked by attempts to gentrify and eradicating this culture by appealing to higher income communities. For this reason, this event caught my attention,” said Marisol Serrano, a first-year student civil engineering student and social justice leader at Cesar E. Chavez center for higher education. “It makes me proud that people are talking about this issue and taking action by spreading the word to others.”

Make sure to attend the next Chicano/a Writers Speak! Sub/Urban LA in the Chicanx literary Imagination on Thursday, April 12 with additional guest speaker Sarah Rafael Garcia.

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