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As part of Statement literary and arts magazine's 60th
anniversary, fiction writer Helena Maria Viramontes will
read from her work and discuss her experience with
the literary magazine and her subsequent publishing
career. The event takes place on Thursday April 1 at
6:30 p.m. in Salazar Hall E-184 on the Cal State L.A. campus
and is free and open to the public.

Ms. Viramontes first published a story in Statement
magazine in 1976 while a student at Cal State L.A.
She eventually went on to publish The Moths and Other
Stories
(1985) and two novels: Under the Feet of
Jesus
(1995) and Their Dogs Came With Them
(2008). 
 

Image of Helena Maria Viramontes

photo © Nico
Tucci

Her work can be found in many anthologies.
She is the recipient of numerous writing awards, including
a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Sundance
Institute Fellowship, and the Luis Leal Award. A
teacher and mentor to countless students, Ms. Viramontes
is currently Professor of Creative Writing in the
Department of English at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY,
where she is at work on a new novel. She grew up in
East L.A. and helped found Southern California Latino
Writers and Filmmakers.

Statement co-editor-in-chief Moremi Ogbara
notes, "This will be an experience to remember.
Viramontes is a literary icon, and if you miss this, you
would have missed a great opportunity." According to
Ogbara's co-editor-in-chief, Juan Carlos Parrilla, "Viramontes
is in the canon-she's an author whose work is being read
and studied in classes everywhere."

Ms. Viramontes' story “The Moths” can be found at

http://facweb.st-agnes.org/home/pmcfarlin/html/viramontes.html
 

Her books will be for sale at the 6:30 pm event.

Statement magazine is one of the oldest student-run
campus literary magazines in the country. Many past
student contributors and staff or faculty advisors have
become nationally recognized writers and artists: Jim
Krusoe, Sesshu Foster, Carolyn See, Ai, Helena Maria
Viramontes, Henri Coulette, John Weston, Jervey Tervalon,
Aleida Rodriguez, Frank Romero, Michael Shepler, Dennis
Etchison, and Dennis Bartel, among many others.

Statement magazine has twice had the honor of
placing in or winning the AWP (Association of Writers and
Writing Programs) annual competition for member colleges'
student literary magazines, competing with a couple
hundred universities and colleges. In 1997, under advisors
Mary Bucci Bush and Buddy Roberts, Statement was
named a finalist in the content division. In 2007,
under advisor Lauri Ramey, the magazine won the
competition, enjoying a $500 cash prize and accolades in The
Chronicle
, AWP's nationally distributed journal.

The 60th anniversary issue of Statement magazine
will be available at the launch Thursday May 20 at 6:30
p.m. in the University Student Union Los Angeles Rooms A,
B, and C, and thereafter in the English Department.
The launch is free and open to the public.

Ms. Viramontes' April 1 reading is co-sponsored by Statement
and the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics.

For more information, call the English Department at (323)
343-4140.

 

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