News Release| Statement magazine; Cal State L.A.


Media advisory:
Thursday, April 1, 6:30 p.m.

Viramontes revisits
returns with words
for today’s students

Cal State L.A. literary magazine celebrates 60th year with

reading by ‘Their Dogs Came With Them’ author

Los Angeles, CA –

In 1976, Statement was a stepping stone to becoming a
stellar storywriter for Helena María Viramontes. Then, she was
one of many student contributors to Cal State L.A.’s student-led
literary and arts magazine
. Now an English professor at Cornell
University and an accomplished author, Viramontes will return to Cal
State L.A. Thursday, April 1, to mark Statement’s 60th
with a reading of her works and a discussion of her
publishing career.

Co-sponsored by the University’s Center for Contemporary Poetry and
Poetics, the free event will be at 6:30 p.m. in Salazar Hall
at Cal State L.A.

Viramontes, whose work appears in many anthologies, has
published The Moths and Other Stories (1985) and two novels,
Under the Feet of Jesus
(1995) and Their Dogs Came With Them
(2008).  Her story “The Moths” can be found here:

According to Statement
Moremi Ogbara and Juan Carlos Parrilla, Viramontes is a literary icon
whose work is studied in classes throughout higher education.

Viramontes grew up in East L.A. and helped found the Southern
California Latino Writers and Filmmakers. She has received many writing
awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a
Sundance Institute Fellowship, and the Luis Leal Award.  She teaches
creative writing at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She is also
working on a new novel. 

For details about the April 1 reading, call the CSULA English
Department at (323) 343-4140.

About Cal State L.A.’s

magazine is one of the oldest student-run campus literary
magazines in the country.  Each year, selected works of literature and
art are included in Cal State L.A.’s annual student

literary publication. All submissions will be reviewed and
selected by the Statement editorial staff on the basis of
literary and/or artistic merit for inclusion.

Many past student contributors and staff or faculty advisors
have become accomplished writers and artists, including Jim Krusoe,
Sesshu Foster, Carolyn See, Ai, Henri Coulette, John Weston, Jervey
Tervalon, Aleida Rodriguez, Frank Romero, Michael Shepler, Dennis
Etchison, and Dennis Bartel.

Twice Statement magazine has been honored in the
Association of Writers and Writing Programs annual competition for
student literary magazines, including in 2007, when—guided by faculty
advisor Lauri Ramey—the magazine received top honors.

For more about the Statement magazine, go to


or contact Mary Bucci Bush, professor of English and current
Statement advisor, (323) 343-4174.

Copies of the 60th anniversary issue of Statement
magazine will be available at a launch celebration and awards ceremony
Thursday, May 20, 6:30 p.m., in the University-Student Union, Los
Angeles Room. Statement copies will also be available in the
English Department at Cal State L.A (Engineering & Technology building,
room A604).

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