Woodland Community College Ethnic Studies Cross Cultural Series Presents

Author Maceo Montoya
Thursday, September 11
10:30-11:45 am
Woodland Community College
Community Room 800
Parking is $2

The Deportation of Wopper Barraza, Maceo Montoya’s second novel, will be the topic of his talk. He will be available to sign books after his talk.
The Deportation of Wopper Barraza, set in Woodland, provides insight into lives of those with roots on both sides of the border, many of the issues they face and brings focus to aspects of their lives that are not often visible. In that way, Montoya gives voice to an otherwise largely silent segment of our population.

Wopper Barraza is deported to Michoacan, Mexico, following his fourth DUI violation. “But I haven’t been there since I was a little kid,” says Wopper, whose parents brought him to California when he was three. The reader joins Barraza as he delves into municipio life, with its intrigue as well as colorful aspects.

“A brilliant and innovative take on an issue close to the hearts and minds of families who have one foot planted firmly on both sides of the border. It is a deportation story in reverse: a bold re-envisioning with unexpected consequences, mystery, and insight.”
– Tim Z. Hernandez, author of Mañana Means Heaven

“I love this novel …Wopper Barraza is everywhere, yet he is a story never told since we are used to just remembering Mexico, not double-remembering—Mexico, U.S.A., then back again. Montoya’s dialogue is fierce, his multi-voices tender and rough-cut crystal; his characters are carved with the dark-real scalpel of Juan Rulfo and Victor Martinez. Montoya makes it look so easy to enter lives never entered. A first in Chicana/Latino letters. Wopper is our new reality—a heavy prizewinner on all accounts and in both directions.”
-Juan Felipe Herrera, California Poet Laureate

“I think that art drives people’s understanding of communities and cultures, and we can’t deny the importance of the Mexican-American/Chicano community in the Southwest, in California, and particularly in this agricultural valley. Chicanas/os and Mexicans play a major role throughout this state. As an artist, I hope that the stories I tell together contribute not only to revealing these important communities and individual stories that need to be told, but also to an understanding of the universality of art and literature.”, says Maceo Montoya, who sees the link between art and community as essential.

Maceo Montoya who is from Elmira, CA, is a well known painter, author and educator. He graduated from Yale University in 2002, received a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Columbia in 2006, is Assistant Professor of Chicana/o Studies at UC Davis, and is affiliated with TANA, a community-based arts organization in Woodland, CA. His web site is: http://www.maceomontoya.com.

Maceo Montoya
Maceo Montoya is an artist, writer, and educator. An Assistant Professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis. Maceo Montoya is the author of “The Scoundrel and the Optimist,” “The Deportation of Wopper Barraza,” and “Letters to the Poet from his Brother.”
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Montoya’s family is known for achievements in the arts. His father, Malaquias Montoya is a painter, educator and activist. Andreas Montoya, his late brother, was awarded the American Book Award in 2000, for “The Iceworker Sings and Other Poems”.

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Please join us. For more information please email mmoreno@yccd.edu
Melissa Moreno, Ph.D.
Professor of Ethnic Studies
2300 E. Gibson Road
Building 800, Office 854D
Woodland, CA 95776
Email: mmoreno@yccd.edu
Ethnic Studies Cross Cultural Series Coordinator
Northern California NACCS Foco Representative