News Release| Statement magazine; Cal State L.A.


Media advisory: Thursday, April 1, 6:30 p.m.

Viramontes revisits Statement,
returns with words for today’s students

Cal State L.A. literary magazine celebrates 60th year with
reading by ‘Their Dogs Came With Them’ author

Los Angeles, CA – In 1976, Statement was a stepping stone to becoming a stellar storywriter for Helena María Viramontes. Then, she was one of many student contributors to Cal State L.A.’s student-led literary and arts magazine. Now an English professor at Cornell University and an accomplished author, Viramontes will return to Cal State L.A. Thursday, April 1, to mark Statement’s 60th anniversary with a reading of her works and a discussion of her publishing career.

Co-sponsored by the University’s Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, the free event will be at 6:30 p.m. in Salazar Hall E-184 at Cal State L.A.

Viramontes, whose work appears in many anthologies, has published The Moths and Other Stories (1985) and two novels, Under the Feet of Jesus (1995) and Their Dogs Came With Them (2008).  Her story “The Moths” can be found here:  

According to Statement co-editors-in-chief Moremi Ogbara and Juan Carlos Parrilla, Viramontes is a literary icon whose work is studied in classes throughout higher education.

Viramontes grew up in East L.A. and helped found the Southern California Latino Writers and Filmmakers. She has received many writing awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Sundance Institute Fellowship, and the Luis Leal Award.  She teaches creative writing at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She is also working on a new novel. 

For details about the April 1 reading, call the CSULA English Department at (323) 343-4140.

About Cal State L.A.’s Statement magazine:

Statement magazine is one of the oldest student-run campus literary magazines in the country.  Each year, selected works of literature and art are included in Cal State L.A.’s annual student literary publication. All submissions will be reviewed and selected by the Statement editorial staff on the basis of literary and/or artistic merit for inclusion.

Many past student contributors and staff or faculty advisors have become accomplished writers and artists, including Jim Krusoe, Sesshu Foster, Carolyn See, Ai, Henri Coulette, John Weston, Jervey Tervalon, Aleida Rodriguez, Frank Romero, Michael Shepler, Dennis Etchison, and Dennis Bartel.

Twice Statement magazine has been honored in the Association of Writers and Writing Programs annual competition for student literary magazines, including in 2007, when—guided by faculty advisor Lauri Ramey—the magazine received top honors.

For more about the Statement magazine, go to /academic/english/st-2010.php or contact Mary Bucci Bush, professor of English and current Statement advisor, (323) 343-4174.

Copies of the 60th anniversary issue of Statement magazine will be available at a launch celebration and awards ceremony Thursday, May 20, 6:30 p.m., in the University-Student Union, Los Angeles Room. Statement copies will also be available in the English Department at Cal State L.A (Engineering & Technology building, room A604).

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