418 Montezuma Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Author Event: Jimmy Santiago Baca
Join Jimmy Santiago Baca for a screening of the documentary based off his memoir, A Place to Stand, followed by a discussion and reading from his latest book, When I Walk Through That Door, I Am: An Immigrant Mother’s Quest
Jimmy Santiago Baca is a Chicano-American poet, writer and activist. Abandoned by his parents at the age of two, Baca ended up at an orphanage that he ran away from at the age of 13. He lived on the streets until he was incarcerated at the age of 21, convicted of drug possession. In prison, Baca taught himself to read and write. He began to compose poetry and turned his life
around, emerging as a prolific artist of the spoken and written word.
In addition to having published several stories, poetry collections and his memoir, the “poet of the people” has established a non-profit in order to conduct writing workshops to students of all ages,
and in barrio community centers, reservations, housing projects and correctional facilities across the country. We will be playing the documentary based off of his memoir, A Place to Stand, to be followed by a discussion of his latest book, When I Walk Through That Door, I Am: An Immigrant Mother’s Quest. This book immerses the reader in an epic narrative poem, imagining the experience of motherhood in the context of immigration, family separation, and ICE raids on the Southern border. There will be a Q & A with the audience, to be followed by a book signing in our lobby.