Contents 1 Life and career 2 Published works 3 Film 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Life and career[edit] Baca was born in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, in 1952. Abandoned by his parents at the age of two, he lived with one of his grandmothers for several years before being placed in an orphanage and at the age of 13 he ran away. He wound up living on the streets, and at the age of twenty-one he was convicted on charges of drug possession and incarcerated. He served six and a half years in prison, three of them in isolation, and having expressed a desire to go to school (the guards considered this dangerous), he was for a time put in the same area of the prison with the inmates on death row before he was released.[1] During this time, Baca taught himself to read and write, and he began to compose poetry. He sold these poems to fellow inmates in exchange for cigarettes. A fellow inmate convinced him to submit some of his poems to the magazine Mother Jones, then edited by Denise Levertov. Levertov printed Baca's poems and began corresponding with him, eventually finding a publisher for his first book[citation needed]. Immigrants in Our Own Land, Baca's first major collection, was highly praised. In 1987, his semi-autobiographical minor epic in verse, Martin & Meditations on the South Valley, received the American Book Award for poetry, bringing Baca international acclaim and, in 1989, the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature.[2] A self-styled "poet of the people," Baca conducts writing workshops with children and adults at countless elementary, junior high and high schools, colleges, universities, reservations, barrio community centers, white ghettos, housing projects, correctional facilities and prisons from coast to coast[citation needed]. Baca at the 2009 Texas Book Festival. In 2004 Baca started a non-profit organization, Cedar Tree, Inc., that supports these workshops through charitable donations. As well as writing workshops, Cedar Tree has produced two documentary films Clamor en Chino and Moving the River Back Home. The organization employs ex-offenders as interns.[3]

Published works[edit] Baca's poetry collections include C-Train and Thirteen Mexicans: Dream Boy's Story (Grove Press, 2002,jimmy), Healing Earthquakes (2001), Set This Book on Fire (1999), In the Way of the Sun (1997), Black Mesa Poems (1995), Poems Taken from My Yard (1986), and What's Happening (1982). His "memoir", A Place to Stand (2001), chronicles his troubled youth and the five-year jail-stint that brought about his personal transformation. The poet Will Inman published Mr. Baca's poetry in his 1977 anthology Fired Up with You : Poems of a Niagara Vision (Border Press), one of the earliest anthologies to include Jimmy Santiago Baca's poems. Baca is also the author of a collection of stories and essays, Working in the Dark: Reflections of a Poet of the Barrio (1992); a play, Los tres hijos de Julia (1991); a screenplay, Bound by Honor, which was released by Hollywood Pictures as Blood In Blood Out in 1993; he also published at the end of 1993 Second Chances. Baca's most recent novel is A Glass of Water (2009). He published an original essay in 2013 called, "The Face," in ebook form with Restless Books,[4] along with digital editions of his Breaking Bread with the Darkness poetry volumes.[5][6]

Film[edit] Santiago Baca wrote the screenplay for a Hollywood production, Blood In Blood Out.

See also[edit] Poetry portal List of Mexican American writers Baca Family of New Mexico

References[edit] ^ "The Progressive Radio Show". Retrieved 2009-02-19.  ^ "Hispanic Heritage Awards for Literature". Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Retrieved January 11, 2011.  ^ "Cedar Tree Inc". Archived from the original on April 3, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-19.  ^ "The Face". Archived from the original on November 11, 2013.  ^ "The Esai Poems". Archived from the original on November 11, 2013.  ^ "The Lucia Poems". Archived from the original on November 11, 2013. 

External links[edit] "Add-Verse" a poetry-photo-video project Baca participated in Modern American Poetry Authority control WorldCat Identities VIAF: 84511513 LCCN: n79018977 ISNI: 0000 0001 0920 5713 SUDOC: 114691983 BNF: cb12729403c (data) MusicBrainz: 3213395a-9724-47aa-9988-6d9b361ed862 SNAC: w6pc32pr Retrieved from "" Categories: 1952 birthsLiving peopleAmerican people of Apache descentAmerican writers of Mexican descentAmerican writers of Native American descentBaca family of New MexicoMestizo writersPoets from New MexicoWriters from Santa Fe, New MexicoAmerican Book Award winnersHidden categories: Use mdy dates from April 2014All articles with unsourced statementsArticles with unsourced statements from August 2010Wikipedia articles with VIAF identifiersWikipedia articles with LCCN identifiersWikipedia articles with ISNI identifiersWikipedia articles with BNF identifiersWikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiersWikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers

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