October 24, 2006 – John Ross: “”ZAPATISTAS!” & “BOMBA!” LEFT COAST TOUR”

Tuesday, October 24 / 7:30-9:00 PM / Oakes Learning Center

Tagged by La Jornada, Mexico’s left wing daily, as “the new John Reed”, and winner of both the American Book Award and the ACLU’s coveted Uppie (for Upton Sinclair) prize, John Ross is touring the West Coast with two newly-published books: Zapatistas! Making Another World Possible: Chronicles of Resistance 2000-2004 (Nation) and Bomba, a new chapbook of poetry.

ZAPATISTAS! follows on the heels of his highly praised autobiography Murdered By Capitalism : A Memoir of 150 Years of Life & Death on the U.S. Left (Nation, 2004), which earned kudos from Beat Generation Godfather Lawrence Ferlinghetti and America’s most elusive novelist Thomas Pynchon, who called the work “a rip snorting and honorable account of an American outlaw tradition.”

BOMBA! the author’s ninth chapbook of personal and political poetry, is inspired by Ross’s visits to Palestine to pick in the olive harvest, and to Iraq, where he was a human shield on the eve of the U.S. invasion.

John Ross publishes in San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Texas Observer, Noticias Aliadas (Lima), La Jornada,  and the on-line journal Counterpunch. He has lived in the old quarter of Mexico City for the past 20 years.

Chapbooks will be available for sale at the event and Ross’s books will be available at the Literary Guillotine.

Sponsored by the Anarchisms Research Cluster