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Re: “Chicago HOPES Presents Bright Lights for Bright Kids III with: The Fireship, Phillip Morris, Shelby Pollard, Flame Shark

I am so looking forward to this event! It will be great music to benefit a great cause, Chicago HOPES (!

Posted by Luis Humberto Valadez on 12/21/2010 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Two With Water Rx Reading Series

On Sunday November 21, 2010 at 7p.m. we're happy to present the following featured readers. As always we'll start with an open-mic, allowing approximately 3 individuals an opportunity to read on a first-come, first served basis. We truly welcome all to come and share their words with us. Cheers to reading, writing, and words.

Ben Tanzer

is the author of the books Lucky Man, Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine, Repetition Patterns, 99 Problems and the forthcoming novel You Can Make Him Like You. He also oversees day-to-day operations of This Zine Will Change Your Life and blogs at This Blog Will Change Your Life the centerpiece of his vast, albeit faux media empire. He is currently watching Sports Center, but upon his deathbed, he will receive total consciousness, so, he’s got that going for him, which is nice.

Luis Humberto Valadez

is a writer, musician, performer, and educator from Chicago Heights, IL. Born and raised in a tense environment riddled with violence, criminal activity, and desperation, he developed a perspective—further shaped in his experiences at Columbia College Chicago where he received his BA and Naropa University where he received an MFA—that pain is universal, it is humankind that oppresses humankind, and it is humankind that must liberate itself. His first collection of poetry, what i’m on, was published in March 2009 by University of Arizona Press. His first CD, wat ahm on (ep), was released in conjunction with the book by Last Minute Records. He will present work from both releases as well as more recent material, all of which he would rather share than throw at you (but he can’t promise that will be the case). He currently works as AmeriCorps VISTA Supervisor for Chicago HOPES, an after-school academic and arts initiative that takes place in ten different homeless shelters throughout the city of Chicago. Find him

Miranda Barnes

is a Midwestern gypsy, currently living in Chicago, teaching and tutoring writing students while working a day job. She received her MFA in Writing from Spalding University in 2005. She is the author of a full-length book of poetry titled Between Two Hours, which has not yet found a home. Her poem "Wrung Hands" appeared in the inaugural issue of Blood Lotus Online Literary Journal. "After-Work Witness," a poem recently accepted by Ruminate Magazine, will appear in the journal's Winter 2010/2011 issue. Another poem, "Insatiate Waters," was awarded first place in the Virginia Lowell Grabill Writing Awards, 2001. Miranda Barnes has performed readings for the Poetry Factory at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph, Michigan, and the Hungry Young Poets Reading Series, presented by River Styx Literary Journal, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Posted by Luis Humberto Valadez on 11/14/2010 at 11:19 PM

Re: “what I'm on: The Poetry of Luis Humberto Valadez & Documentary Filming

Hey Folks!

Do you work or go to school in the Loop? Do you want a reason to go downtown this Friday?

This Friday I will be performing a set of new and tested poetry at the Barnes & Noble: DePaul University Loop Campus Bookstore!

The reading will begin at 6pm to be followed by a signing of my book "what i'm on." If you don't know who I am or what that is, here you are:

Luis Humberto Valadez is a poet/writer/performer from Chicago Heights, IL, an economically depressed suburb on the far south side of Chicago. This backdrop looms heavily in his first collection of poetry "what i'm on," (University of Arizona Press). Released in March 2009 in conjunction with his first CD, "wat ahm on (ep)" on Last Minute Records, the poetry of "what i'm on" has been described by famed activist writer Amiri Baraka as having "strong--real light flashes." In addition to Chicago Heights, Valadez was educated at Columbia College Chicago and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. He currently works as an AmeriCorps VISTA Supervisor for Chicago HOPES, an after-school tutoring and arts program provided in 10 homeless shelters throughout the city for school aged youth. He also teaches poetry to 4th grade at Kinzie Elementary through CAPE (Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education).

This performance will be filmed for my forthcoming documentary, "exploit yourself: the movie," which your attendance can make you a part of!

I hope to see you there. It's going to be wild.

-Luis Humberto Valadez…

Posted by Luis Humberto Valadez on 10/11/2010 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Writing Movement Desensitization and Reproduction

Tonight at Rec Room we draw a parallel between the process of writing through traumatic history/herstory and the form of psychotherapy know as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reproduction (EMDR). According to the theory posed by Francine Shapiro Ph.D, when a traumatic or distressing experience occurs it may overwhelm usual ways of coping and the memory of the event is inadequately processed. This memory is stored in an isolated memory network that, when accessed, may cause the individual to experience once more aspects of the original (traumatic) event. Many of us have seen our writing as a method of grounding ourselves firmly enough that we may gaze upon the treachery of past traumas with insight and, daresay, some form of resolution; of equal import, we find ourselves scrutinizing these events without the severe reaction(s) that proliferate without the foundation the practice of our discipline provides. In much the same way EMDR forges associations between our distressing memories and semantic memory indices thought to be independent of context and personal relevance, the writers featured this evening forge an association between history/herstory, ink and page, writer/reader and reader/listener that, beyond resolution, also promotes, at the very least, a modicum of detachment from these traumas.

With performances by:

Adrienne Dodt
LeAnne Ray
Jamie Kazay
Erin Hellweg
Jason McDaniel
Anndell Quintero
Miki Howald
Allison Gruber
Erin Teegarden
Carlos Cumpian
David Trinidad

Posted by Luis Humberto Valadez on 08/24/2010 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Power to the People Meeting feat. Luis Humberto Valadez

Access Living is a cross-disability organization governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities.

Access Living fosters the dignity, pride and self-esteem of people with disabilities and enhances the options available to them so they may choose and maintain individualized and satisfying lifestyles.

Access Living’s youth services empower youth with disabilities to take pride in themselves and their accomplishments, find options and meaningful choices to live, learn and work in their communities, be considered and consider themselves as full and equal members of society, develop self-advocacy skills to fight discrimination and build skills, confidence and opportunities to have a voice in decisions that affect them.

On August 18th Access Living will hold the inaugural meeting of its new initiative Power to the People. PtP aims to bring together members of Access Living's groups with members of the community at large to coalition build for the rights of disabled persons.

With a mind towards inspiring members of the Access Living community and allies to express and empower themselves through art, Power to the People will feature a performance by poet/performer Luis Humberto Valadez.

Born and raised in economically depressed suburb Chicago Heights, IL, Luis Humberto Valadez writes from his experience. Just as in life, the feelings in his poems are often jumbled, sometimes spilling out in a tumble, sometimes coolly recollected. Sometimes the words jump and twitch as if they’d been threatened or attacked. His first of poetry "what i'm on" was published by University of Arizona Press in March 2009. He is currently an AmeriCorps VISTA Supervisor for Chicago Public School Students in Temporary Living Situations Program working to uphold the educational rights of homeless students in Chicago.

"Valadez's lyrics come storming off the page, capturing the reader in a whirlwind."

—Multicultural Review

"Inventive, energetic, and surprising."

—El Paso Times

You are strongly encouraged to attend this event. Whether you are a disabled person, consider yourself an ally, or have any interest in human rights, this meeting aims to bring individual forces together to compel a just society. Valadez will perform a set at the open and close the meeting.

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Posted by Luis Humberto Valadez on 08/13/2010 at 12:25 AM

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