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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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José Montalvo, Chicano Poet
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Linda Fregoso
José Montalvo, Yolanda Broyles
Mar 14, 1981

José Montalvo, Chicano Poet

In this episode, host Linda Fregoso speaks with the poet Jose Montalvo about his poetry and Chicano activism. She also speaks with Professor Yolanda Broyles about Montalvo’s work and how it compares with that of other Chicano poets. Montalvo first describes how he started writing poetry as a way to release his anger and frustrations. He explains that his poetry is often resentful and bitter and explores many of the major issues affecting Chicanos, such as police brutality and poor education. He hopes that people can relate to the message and feelings in his poetry. He says that both Chicanos and Mexican-Americans like his poetry and explains the difference between the two. He criticizes Mexican Americans for the political apathy and disinterest in the community. He then reads his poem ¡A Mi Que! His poetry also reflects solidarity with Latin American liberation movements and he explains that both Latin Americans and Mexican-Americans are being oppressed by the wealthy.


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