Poetry of Resistance

“The first time the Tucson Weekly talked with Chicano poet and teacher Francisco Alarcón he was on fire—a poet-warrior inspired by what took place on April 20, 2010, when nine Latino students chained themselves to the Arizona State Capitol’s main doors in protest of SB 1070, the state’s racial-profiling “papers please” law.

That was the beginning of Poets Responding to SB 1070, a Facebook forum that allowed hundreds of poets—well-known and emerging—to voice protest over the law and then later HB 2281, the state’s anti-Mexican-American studies law that dismantled Tucson Unified School District’s classes and department.”


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