Tia Chucha’s Summer Internship!

The mission of Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural, a nonprofit cultural arts center & bookstore, is to support and promote the continued holistic growth, development and learning of our community through the many powerful means of the arts and literacy. The Centro provides a positive space for people to activate their capacity to create, to imagine and to express themselves in an effort to improve the quality of life for our community.

The Development Intern will contribute to meeting the goals of our strategic plan, which include strengthening and expanding fundraising & development, infrastructure, marketing & communications, and outreach. Working under the supervision of the Development Director, the intern will provide administrative and project assistance to development staff. The intern’s primary responsibilities will relate to organizing a successful 15th anniversary dinner/silent auction event for major donors.

The preferred applicant will have strong research, writing, communication, organizational and project management skills. Be able to work with a team as well as independently and focus amidst a great deal of activity. Be proactive, enthusiastic, resourceful, and detail as well as content oriented. Have proficient computer and internet skills, particularly with Microsoft Word and Excel, Google tools, Adobe Creative Suite and various forms of Social Media. Familiarity with donor or ticketing software programs is a plus. Be available for occasional evening and weekend hours, as needed. Must have access to their own working vehicle, valid driver’s license and insurance. Must be able to represent themselves and TCCC with confidence, and maintain the utmost discretion working with confidential material. The ideal candidate has a strong interest in building community through the arts, literacy and culture.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter describing why you would be a good fit for this position to Alegna Gomez at alegna@tiachucha.org. All submitted materials must be in Microsoft Word, PDF or plain text format. For more information about this position, please call 818-939-3433 or email the above address.

Eligibility Requirements can be found on: http://www.lacountyarts.org/InternEligibilityStudents.html

Tia Chucha’s 15 year anniversary celebration


Community is based on shared agreements. One of these must be to have arts, culture, stories, poetry, song, dance, music, and more as a marker of wellness and vitality.

This past Saturday, April 16, Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore celebrated 15 years of doing just that in the northeast San Fernando Valley. Around 1,000 people came by during a day that began with a more than two-hour blessing organized by our resident group Danza Temachtia Quetzalcoatl with several Mexika/Aztec danza groups in attendance from the Los Angeles area–one elder came all the way from Arizona. The danzantes helped make this a sacred space. My long-passed aunt Tia Chucha–in the only photo the family still has of her–was placed in the center of the altar where the danzantes did their ceremony and I broke into tears. Her spirit of creativity, autonomy, and an honoring of the genius in everyone permeated everything.

We had local vendors with hand-made art, clothing, jewelry, food, children’s art activities, a silent auction, and more. We had amazing volunteers that brought food (thank you Q’orianka Kilcher), hard labor, and much love. Coffee and pan dulce from Mi Kaffe in Pacoima. Tia Chucha’s board members were there to help solicit donations and introduce our new Dream Makers Circle membership program. Local businesses such as Helados Pops and Caruso’s Pizza, as well as artists made donations for our silent auction. Councilmember Felipe Fuentes provided in-kind support as well. We had children and elderly, documented and undocumented, all ethnicities and races–to show we all belong–grounded in the constant support and participation from the large Mexican/Central American community we’re based in.

Javier Verdin served as emcee on stage, where we had folklorico dancers, poets, bands, and more. And we sold books, as well as T-shirts and bags which were screen-printed  inside the center by volunteers from Self-Help Graphics of Boyle Heights. The whole event ended in a dynamic Fandango with Son Jarocho musicians and singers from all over our City of Angels–along with zapateado dancers on the tarima–celebrating under the stars.

This is real community building–no violence, no rancor, no bad vibes. Just peace, love, and community.

Que viva Tia Chucha’s!

Luis J Rodriguez
Los Angeles Poet Laureate &
Tia Chucha’s President of the Board

Click here to see photos from the day.

Call for Writers of the Central American Diaspora

Central American Anthology

Tia Chucha Press—one of the country’s premier small publishers, renowned for its culturally rich, socially engaged books—will publish a ground-breaking anthology featuring writers from the Central American diaspora.

This anthology will focus on Central American writers living in the United States and feature works that capture the complexity of a rapidly growing community that shares experiences with other Latino groups, but presents its own unique narrative.

We invite Central American writers in the United States to submit for consideration new or previously published works on any topic, in any genre—poems, short stories, excerpts of memoirs or novels, creative nonfiction, etc. Submissions are not limited to any specific subject matter. Please send poetry (up to five poems), prose (up to 3,000 words), and fiction (up to 4,000 words). Deadline is July 1, 2016.

Tia Chucha Press plans to publish the anthology in March 2017, and present it at the Associated Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference—the largest gathering of writers and teachers of writing in the country—in Washington, D.C.

U.S.-born Salvadoran poet Leticia Hernández-Linares, Guatemalan American journalist and best-selling author Héctor Tobar, and Salvadoran-Mexican American poet, journalist, and essayist Rubén Martínez will edit the as-yet-to-be titled book. This anthology will be the first ever comprehensive publication of the Central American diaspora by a U.S. publisher.

The anthology will be in English, with code switching between English, Spanish, and Caliche (slang) if executed well. We will also accept Spanish with English translation. The only criterion is the literary quality of the work. Our target writers will be residents of the United States—“Dreamers” and other undocumented writers are welcome—who were born in or are descended from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panamá. For the purposes of compiling a diverse and relevant spectrum of voices, we ask that writers explicitly identify their Central American heritage in their bios.

Materials should be sent by regular mail to:

Tia Chucha Press,

PO Box 328,

San Fernando CA 91341

You can also send by email to TCPress@tiachucha.org. Please address all letters and inquiries to Liana Cabrera.

Please send work by Word doc (not PDF or other format) in Times Roman font, 12-inch type, flush left, with one-inch margins on the sides. Please don’t add design elements. No hand-written work will be accepted.

Veteran writers as well as new voices are welcome. Writers submitting work do not have to have been published before. Along with writing, please send us:

1)    Your name, as you wish for it to appear, should your work be selected (if you use a pseudonym, please also provide a real name).

2)    A 25-word bio.

3)    A home or office address to send books as well as an email address for correspondence.

4)    Information about when and where the submitted work has been published before (name of magazine or book, publisher, and where published).

5)    You must be sole copyright holder of the work submitted. Copyright will remain with author.

6)    Payment is a copy of the book.

We also solicit Central American visual artists based in the United States to send book cover artwork for selection. Black & white line drawings and photos will be considered for the inside pages as well.

Tia Chucha Press has been publishing for 27 years, founded in Chicago by best-selling Chicano author Luis J. Rodriguez, and distributed to the trade by Northwestern University Press. It is now the publishing wing of Tia Chucha’s Cultural Center & Bookstore in L.A.’s northeast San Fernando Valley, the second largest community of Mexicans and Central Americans in the United States.

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