Lotería Cards and Fortune Poems: A Book of Lives

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**Congratulations to Juan Felipe Herrera, who was appointed U.S. Poet Laureate for 2015-2016, the first Latino poet to receive this honor!**

Lotería Cards and Fortune Poems pairs the masterful artwork of Mexican artist Artemio Rodriguez witht he poetry of Juan Felipe Herrera, one of America's finest Chicano writers.

Here is a collection of linoleum cuts and poetry based on the imagery of la lotería, a popular folkloric game of chance that originated in 18th-century colonial Mexico and is still quite popular today. Rodriguez's prints are haunting and exquisite, and Herrera's hallucinatory, sometimes poignant poems were written in direct response to them. Together, they map the modern heart of this richly symbolic popular tradition.

Lotería is a unique collaboration, a seamless union of word and image, and of Mexican and Chicano sensibilities. A commonly shared tradition has engendered a brilliant and inspiring leap across borders into a game of life with many ways to win.

"The gorgeous black and white line art inside this hefty little book instantly caught my eye. These linocut drawings were not the regular loteria images. They were modern adaptations, made with painstaking detail (think of a turn-of-the-millenium, wired Posada) and showing a distinctive sense of humor and pathos. The poetry, commissioned especially for the drawings, also showed a fresh and modern take on the icons of Mexicanismo and Chicanismo." Frontera Magazine

"Narratives, the stories we tell as we propel through our own lives, are fundamental and inextricable from existence. This is why people, I include myself, fight in the name of civil rights, of all kinds. Juan Felipe Herrera is a cosmic warrior for us all, the closest kin to Walt Whitman walking." David Tomas Martinez, Los Angeles Review of Books

Juan Felipe Herrera is a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth. His creative work often crosses genres, including poetry, opera, and dance theater. His children’s book, The Upside Down Boy (2000), was adapted into a musical. His books for young people have won several awards, including Calling the Doves (2001), winner of the Ezra Jack Keats Award, and CrashBoomLove (1999), a novel-in-verse for young adults, which won the Americas Award. His poetry collection Half of the World in Light was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle prize in 2009. Herrera lives in Fresno, CA.

Artemio Rodríguez is an artist from Michoacán, Mexico, born in 1972. He came to the United States in 1994 and lived for a time in Los Angeles, where he began the work that would ultimately become the Lotería series. He has been living in the Bay Area since 1996, and his work is shown in galleries and museums throughout Mexico and the U.S.


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JF Herrera has received numerous awards and fellowships The author of 21 books, including fourteen collections of poetry, prose, short stories, young adult novels and children's book, he is also a community arts leader, working with at-risk youth and migrant communities. He is also a dynamic performer and actor who has appeared on stage and in film.

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El Adan
El Aguila
El Alacran
El Angel De La Guarda
El Arbol
El Arcangel
El Armadillo
El Ausente
El Avestruz
El Avion
El Bano
El Brujo
El Caballero
El Caballito
El Camello
El Cangrejo
El Cazador
El Cielo
El Circo
El Colgado
El Cometa
El Corazon
El Cuchillo
El Danzante
El Diablo
El Dios
El Ermitano
El Ferrocarril
El Fruto
El Fuego
El Gallo
El Gato
El Gigante
El Gloton
El Herido
El Hijo Prodigo
El Infierno
El Inspirado
El Jorobado
El Leon
El Luchador
El Mago
El Maiz
El Mal Gobierno
El Mojado
El Mono
El Mundo
El Murcielago
El Nopal
El Obrero
El Payaso
El Pecesito
El Perro
El Sol
El Soldado
El Venado
El Viejo
El Vuelo
El Zapatista
La Bandera
La Bicicleta
La Botella
La Cabra
La Caida
La Campina
La Canoa
La Escalera
La Espada
La Estrella
La Eva
La Gallina
La Guitarra
La Lagartija
La Loteria
La Mano
La Migra
La Mosca
La Muerte
La Palma
La Pera
La Peste
La Poeta
La Prensa
La Puerca
La Rosa
La Santa Nina
La Serpiente
La Silla
La Sirena
La Tortura
La Trampa
La Tristeza
La Vaca
La Venganza
La Victima
La Virgen
Las Tijeras
Los Amigos
Los Borrachos
Los Fumadores
Los Guaraches
Los Musicos
Los Pies
Los Suplicantes
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