The Doel Reed Center for the Arts 2017 Jim & Linda Burke Visiting Scholar, Spencer Herrara, will present a talk based on his book Sagrado: A Photopoetics across the Chicano Homeland (UNM Press) on April 5.
Sagrado: A Photopoetics across the Chicano Homeland is a book about Chicana/a culture and the idea of culture as sacred. A sacred place is where two or more gather in the name of community. It can be found almost anywhere and yet it is elusive: a charro arena behind a rock quarry, on the pilgrimage trail to Chimayó, NM, a curandero's shrine in South Texas, or at a bi-national Mass along the border. Sagrado is neither a search for identity nor a quest for a homeland but an affirmation of an ever-evolving cultural landscape. The presentation includes a reading from the book accompanied by a photo-slideshow. Below is some more information about the book and its success.
"Sagrado's three talented artists represent the best in contemporary Chicano poetry, art and history. One of the most important books I've read recently."
-- Rudolfo Anaya
"These poems are photos, these photos are poems, and together with the historical testimony that reads delicious as cuento, they are prayers said on behalf of others. A book to teach with or to teach ourselves things we forgot. Wise, heartfelt, generous, grace-filled, and, above all, created with love. And everybody knows whatever is made with love siempre sale bonito. A thousand and one blessings to the artists for this labor from el corazón."
-- Sandra Cisneros
2015 International Latino Book Award Honorable Mention
2014 Border Regional Library Association SW Book Award
2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Multicultural Subject