Chicano Writers & Artists Association Returns to Rogue

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(From left to right) Mia Barraza Martinez, Cody Hoover, Kyle Hoover and Monique Quintana of the Chicano Writers and Artists Association discuss their lineup for Rogue Festival 2014 at Fresno State, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. CWAA will be reading creative works at Spectrum Gallery on Friday, March 7, 2014.

Story By: Lauren Baker, Arts & Entertainment Editor

Back for their fourth round of poetry readings and various other works at the 2014 Rogue Festival is the Chicano Writers and Artists Association from Fresno State University, who promise much of the same elements that made the Fresno Bee’s “7 Promising Picks” lineup last year.

CWAA is a club from the Fresno State campus that produces a collection of Chicano art and literature in celebration of Chicano culture while striving to also bring awareness to it. CWAA member Monique Quintana states that the club is more than just an outlet for Chicano-friendly creativity. “ We[CWAA] strive to provide a place for voices to be heard that wouldn’t be heard otherwise, even if you’re not Chicano-Chicana identified. I feel that  art and poetry is one of the best ways to express your politics and motivations for progress. That’s what separates us from your average poetry-readings; we bring multiple different perspectives together.”

CWAA not only gathers the work of its own students and faculty, but anyone in the community willing to contribute. “I know that we have had readers that were previously published in the Fresno City College Rampage, so that is always something that FCC students can get involved in.” CWAA vice-president Cody Hoover said. “We would like more people from throughout the central valley to connect with us and join our group so we can continue this legacy of valley writers.” said Quintana in reference to the CWAA publication “Cockroaches and Flies.”

If you are interested in being a part of next year’s CWAA lineup for the 2015 Rogue Festival, you are encouraged to add CWAA on Facebook(facebook.com/chicanowriters.fresnostate). The next reading is scheduled for Friday at 10:15 p.m. at the Spectrum Gallery for 5 Rogue-bucks, which will also be the final show of the season. The Spectrum Gallery is located on 608 E. Olive Avenue.

To see ongoing coverage of the Rogue Festival, visit www.therampageonline.com