TC Press Featured Book Release: “Mucha Muchacha, Too Much Girl” by Leticia Hernandez-Linares

too much girl front coverTia Chucha Press is proud to present a strong and much needed Latina voice with “Mucha Muchacha, Too Much Girl,” a beautifully designed poetry collection by Leticia Hernández-Linares.

Former San Francisco Poet Laureate Devorah Major says, “Hernández’s first book of poetry demonstrates the rich heart and talents of an author who has language braided into her hair, engraved on her skin, pouring in electric sparks from her fingertips, and flowing in sonorous rhythms off of her tongue.”

Born in Los Angeles, Hernández-Linares has made her home in San Francisco for twenty years and during that time, has performed her poemsongs throughout the United States and El Salvador. Widely published, her work has appears in Street Art San Francisco, U.S Latino Literature Today, Teatro bajomi piel, Huizache, and Pilgrimage, among others. She is also a long-time community worker.

Tia Chucha Press began more than 25 years ago in Chicago by current Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez, who brought the press to the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles to complement the nonprofit Tia Chucha’s Cultural Center & Bookstore, which he and his wife Trini started in 2001. The press now has some 60 cross-cultural poetry books of social engagement, including with authors like Patricia Smith, Virgil Suarez, Kyoko Mori, Elizabeth Alexander, Terrance Hayes, and others.
“Mucha Muchacha, Too Much Girl” is distributed by Northwestern University Press of Evanston IL and can be ordered by calling 1-800-621-2736. Books can also be obtained at Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore. 





Scent of, color of,  marigold, circle

Of corn, commit to culture

Contact of bare feet striking

And stirring the cool earth; paint

Mud, bones, memory, old trees,

Chalk white.  Can your heart

Hear the beat, driving the feet

Into the earth?  A ritual, a new sacrifice

And remembering, cleansed

With sweat, entering the ages

For hours on end, and down

To one knee; my western

Classical ballet tradition, to lift

Bend one knee off the ground

Called an attitude’ .  Here, a scorching

Circle of interlaced blooms, dead

Flowers for a celebration of life,

Attitude of communing; heel

Flat, pound, up and cross, knee

Cutting the space.  This circle of,

Fan of, feathers, here red, here

Green, here soft, wooden bells

Flecks of feathers fanned to the

Heavens, earth supporting all

Pounding hearts


by Christine Jordan on Aug. 22 at Mission Hills, observing Day of the Dead ceremonies, invited by Tia Chucha’s to learn, be inspired, be changed


Tia Chucha’s seeks applicants for paid Program Assistant position

TC AssistantWe are currently interviewing applicants to fill a Program Assistant position. Please help us by forwarding the job posting to eligible candidates.

Program Assistant Job Description

August 2015

Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

A: 13197 Gladstone Ave.Unit A, Sylmar CA 91342   T: 818.939-3433        W:

Position Type:   Employee

Pay Rate:  $10.00 per hour

Work Week: 15 hours per week, more hours depending on need

Immediate Supervisor: Program Coordinator

Qualified candidates should email a Cover Letter and Resume including references to using a subject line: “Program Assistant Candidate”.

We are accepting applications now and will conduct interviews until position is filled.

SUMMARY: Program Assistant will carry out needed onsite and offsite planning, implementation and evaluation responsibilities in collaboration with the Program Coordinator. Must have own transportation.

EDUCATION REQUIRED: At minimum, G.E.D. certificate or High School diploma


  • Experience working with families and youth in an active community setting
  • Appreciation for the benefits of offering cultural arts workshops/programs to local residents


  • Assist with any needs that arise relating to workshops/programs
  • Communicate regularly with Program Coordinator regarding program developments, updates, challenges, and proposed solutions/protocol
  • Assist with program adjustments as needed and evaluations
  • Ensure careful use, storage, and inventory of all instruments and supplies
  • Work closely with parents to process in-take files and do prompt file data entry
  • Work with schools to verify student outcomes and documentation in files
  • Maintain program records (including hardcopy and electronic files/records on designated onsite and offsite pc and file locations)
  • Assist to ensure that numbers of required clients and outcomes are met and updated promptly
  • Assist in all required program end-of-month reports (including contribute to monthly success stories)
  • Ensure regular photographing and possible videotaping of all workshops/programs and culmination events
  • Ensure all paper & computer files and photos are properly filed
  • Outreach and help with publicity and community events as needed
  • Attend regular monthly partner meetings
  • Regularly track hours worked on employee timesheet


  • Bilingual in English and Spanish oral and written language skills
  • Proficient knowledge of computers and the Internet
  • Fluent use of tools, such as Microsoft Office, Google Apps, email, social media
  • Attentive to details, need for accuracy and professional work attitude
  • Effectively manage time, meet deadlines, and work on multiple tasks
  • Work independently and as member of a team
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Perform basic office functions, such as copying, faxing, filing & scanning
  • Be innovative and creative to improve internal processes
  • Be flexible and adapt to change

Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore Receives California Arts Council “Local Impact” Grant

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Contact: Michael Centeno  818-939-3433

Date:      July 16, 2015  9:00am

Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore Receives California Arts Council “Local Impact” Grant

Funds will allow Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore to extend the reach of the arts to those with limited access

SYLMAR, CA – The California Arts Council announced it plans to award $11,640 to Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore as part of its Local Impact program.

The Local Impact program fosters equity, access, and opportunity by providing project and partnership support for small arts organizations reaching underserved communities. All projects must extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations that have limited access to the arts.

Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural will produce the 11th annual outdoor literacy festival in the culturally underserved NE San Fernando Valley. The “Celebrating Words Festival (CWF): Written, Performed, and Sung” will take place in May 2016 at Pacoima City Hall, using its outdoor and indoor space. We host our festival in Pacoima because we know the arts and literacy are vital to the imagination, intellectual growth and healing of a community. By creating a free, dynamic, culturally relevant community festival highlighting the power of words – written, performed, and sung – our goal is to inspire and enhance the creative life of attendees. This event exposes a diverse audience to books, writers, poets and performers to a deserving audience. Artists are involved in our festival from start to finish, as the festival committee actively incorporates artists and their ideas in organizing all aspects of the festival – including performers, authors and poets, volunteers, panels, vendors, and more.

“We thank the California Arts Council for their generous support which will bolster our community based arts and literacy festival to revitalize the NE San Fernando Valley.”- Trini Rodriguez, Interim Executive Director

“California Arts Council grants support a wide range of projects that are crafted by each community to reflect their values and needs,” said Donn K. Harris, Chair of the California Arts Council. “It is always exciting to see what creative minds attempt to do when working collaboratively. With an increased state investment, we are able to further spark the powerful growth and prosperity that result from the deep arts engagement provided by our grant programs.”

To view a complete listing of all Local Impact grantees, visit

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Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore is the only multi-arts cultural space and independent specialty bookstore in the Northeast San Fernando Valley with workshops in the visual arts, Mexika dance, music (including Son Jarocho Mexican musical tradition), writing, and theater, among others. The center also presents film screenings, Open Mics, author readings, art exhibits, healing workshops, indigenous cosmology, and community dialogues.

The Mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services. Learn more at



The Coiled Serpent: Poets arising from

the cultural quakes and shifts of Los Angeles

For national distribution, with a launch planned at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in early 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Tia Chucha Press is publishing an anthology of new and veteran Los Angeles-area poets, focusing on the city’s grand mosaic of voices and flavors in the first 15 years of the 21st century. AWP hosts the largest gathering of writers and teachers of writing in the country, with upwards of 14,000 participants.  This anthology will introduce the world to the vitality and variety of verse in the City of Angels, a city of poets.

Los Angeles has close to 60 percent people of color, 225 languages spoken at home, and some of the richest and poorest persons in the country.  TCP plans to capture the contrasts, divisions, but also the fusions and interlocutions that have created this most global of cities.  With an expansive 502.7 square miles of city (and beyond, including the massive county of 4,752.32 square miles), the poetry should draw on imagery, words, stories, and imaginations that are also vast, encompassing a real “leaves of grass.”

Tia Chucha Press is one of the country’s leading small cross-cultural poetry presses, now in its 25th year.  Now the publishing wing of the nonprofit Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley, TCP books are distributed by the prestigious Northwestern University Press.  TCP authors have gone on to win a National Book Award, a Jackson Memorial Award, a Paterson Poetry Prize, a PEN Josephine Miles Literary Award, and have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award.  They run the gamut of works by Elizabeth Alexander (President Obama’s first inaugural poet), Terrance Hayes, (National Book Award winner), Virgil Suarez, Kyoko Mori, Tony Fitzpatrick, Patricia Smith (National Poetry Slam Champion), Jose Antonio Rodriguez, Alison Luterman, Chiwan Choi, and Deborah A. Miranda, among others.

The image of the coiled serpent appears in various forms in mythologies throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, India, and the Americas.  In pre-conquest times, Quetzalcoatl—the Precious Serpent—served as a leading personification of earth-bound wisdom, the arts and eldership.

EXTENDED DEADLINE July 10, 2015, sent to Coiled Serpent Anthology, c/o Tia Chucha Press, 13197-A Gladstone Avenue, Sylmar CA 91342.  Hard copy or digital delivery is acceptable.  Any questions please leave message for Liana Cabrera at 818-939-3433 or write

Poets are asked to send up to ten one-page poems. Shorter poems will allow us to have more poets represented.  TCP hopes to publish up to three of each poet’s best work—this may change to one poem depending on the number of quality submissions.

Payment will be in copies. The books will be distributed to bookstores, libraries, colleges, universities, the Internet, and other outlets.  The book will be 6 x 9, with a full color cover, 80 to 120 pages, permanent bound.

Editors for this anthology are:

Neelanjana Banerjee, managing editor at Kaya Press and co-editor of the award-winning “Indivisible: An Anthology of South Asian American Poetry” (University of Arkansas Press). Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Pank Magazine, The Rumpus, World Literature Today, the Literary Review, and more.

Daniel A. Olivas is the author of seven books including the award-winning novel, “The Book of Want” (University of Arizona Press). His first nonfiction book is “Things We Do Not Talk About: Exploring Latino/a Literature through Essays and Interviews” (San Diego State University Press). Olivas is also the editor of the landmark anthology, Latinos in Lotusland (Bilingual Press).

And Luis J. Rodriguez, founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and current Los Angeles Poet Laureate, who will also write the introduction.

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