Building Homes, Transcending Borders

At this bilingual reading, listen to the groundbreaking work of some of Southern California’s most talented Mexican-American poets and writers: Viva Padilla, Ricardo Means-Ybarra, and Ramon Garcia, presented in partnership with Red Hen Press. Afterwards, continue the dialogue on what it means to build a home and peruse the authors’ titles during a reception in the PMCA lobby, courtesy of Lagunitas Brewing Company.



RICARDO MEANS YBARRA was born and raised in the hills of Silver Lake and Echo Park, the inspiration for many of his poems and novels.  He was the first in his family to graduate from a university, the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he earned his B.A. in Latin American Studies.  He is the author of a novel for adults, Brotherhood of Dolphins (Arte Público Press, 1997).

Viva Padilla

Ramón García is the author of two books of poetry The Chronicles (Red Hen Press, 2015) and Other Countries (What Books Press, 2010), and a monograph on the artist Ricardo Valverde (University of Minnesota Press, 2013).  The Chronicles was a finalist for the Latino International Book Award for Best Poetry Book in English in 2016.

García has published poetry, fiction and scholarly work in a variety of journals,  anthologies and museum catalogs.  His poetry has appeared in Best American Poetry anthologyThe Floating Borderlands: Twenty-Five Years of US-Hispanic LiteratureThe American Journal of Poetry, Los Angeles Review, and Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas.  He has contributed to the art work and projects of various visual artists, including Berta Jottar, Harry Gamboa Jr., Susan Silton, David John Attyah, and Sandra de la Loza.

Ramón García was born in Colima, Mexico and grew up in Modesto, California.  He has a B.A. in World Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California, San Diego. He is a Professor at California State University, Northridge and lives in downtown Los Angeles.