Pandora's Box: Jose Faus, Chico Sierra, Gustavo Aybar

  • Deep Vellum Books 3000 Commerce Street Dallas, TX, 75226 United States

Pandora's Box & Deep Vellum Books are always searching to bring Dallas the very best literary artists creating today. We are beyond proud to announce Jose Faus, Chico Sierra, and Gustavo Aybar will be coming from Kansas City to share their stories with YOU. Poetry, art, music, community building and sharing is their passion and their mission and that day it can be yours too.

Jose Faus is an artist and writer. He is a 2012 Rocket Grant recipient for the community project VOX NAVARRO, and is a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective. His writing has appeared in many anthologies, including Primera Pagina: Poetry from the Latino Heartland; Cuentros del Centro: Stories from the Latino Heartland; Raritan; Whirlybird; Luces y Sombras; and I-70 Review. His book This Town Like That is part of Prospero’s Pop Poetry Series. He maintains a studio in downtown KCK, and his murals can be seen all over Kansas City.

Growing up in El Paso, Texas, Chico Sierra began crossing borders early. Crossing back and forth between Mexico and the United States, and being Mexican-American himself, Chico learned that sometimes borders can be fixed and severe, but oftentimes they are blurry or even non-existent. Chico’s cultural hybridity has played out throughout his life as he has spent time living with people of different classes and cultures in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Germany and the Philippines. The cultures that Chico experienced in these countries, as well as the theme of blurring borders can be found in Chico’s art, poetry and music which is heavily influenced by graffiti, pop art, Mexican folk art and political comics. Chico uses different mediums of expression, working in commercial art, graphic design, illustration, poetry and music. He is a member of the Latino Writers Collective and is featured in their poetry anthology titled Primera Pagina: Poetry from the Latino Heartland. His book "Air Becomes Glass" was published thru Spartan Press' Pop Poetry series in August 2016.

Gustavo Adolfo Aybar is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he received his MA in Romance Languages & Literature. As a scholar he’s presented at the University of Florida, and has upcoming publications by ABC-CLIO and Salem Press. He is a Cave Canem fellow, and as a member of the Latino Writer's Collective, his work can be found in their anthology, Primera Pagina: Poetry from the Latino Heartland (Scapegoat Press, 2008). Other publications include: Harvest of New Millennium 3.1 & 4.1; Black Magnolias Literary Journal, Jan. 2010; NINE: A Journal of Baseball History & Culture 19-1 Fall 2010; Oranges & Sardines Dec. 2009; and presentmagazine.com where he was a Poet-In-Residence all of 2010. For access to more information, poetry and videos visit