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General Information

Name:  Carlos Cortez  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: August 13, 1923 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Died: January 19, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Carlos Cortez on WorldCat --

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He lived in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carlos Cortez has been recognized for his many contributions to the art world as a respected print artist whose themes deal with Chicano issues, Latino identity and worker's rights. He edited and introduced ''Viva Posada'', also published by Charles H. Kerr Publishing, a collection of art by and writings about Mexican wood engraving artist Jose Guasalupe Posada.Cortez is renowned for his woodcuts and cartoons - his work has been exhibited at New Yourek's Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institute as well as in galleries in Germany and Sapin. He was also a noted columnist for the union's newspaper, the Industrial Workd for over 20 years. Those interested in his aret can contact the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in chicago. His labor writings and patpers are archived by Wayne STate University in Detroit, Michigan.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Crystal Gazing the Amber Fluid and Other Wobbly Poems
ISBN: 0882862065

Charles H Kerr. 1990

Son of a Mexican Wobbly father and a German socialist-pacifist mother, Carlos Cortez served 2 years in the federal pen at Sandstone for refusing to fight the bosses (ie Second World) War, and shortly afterward joined the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Ever since - as poet, artist, editor and public speaker - he has been one of the union's best-known figures. This is the first collection of his poems - illustrated throughout with his powerful woodcuts and cartoons. Passionate tributes to Joe Hill and other Wobbly martyrs lyrics protesting war and racial injustice humorous assaults on modern technology and moving celebrations of biodiversity - all the poems of Carlos Cortez exemplify the old IWW slogan - Let's make this planet a good place to live. Eugene Nelson contributes a short Introductory essay.

de KANSAS a CALIFAS & back to Chicago: Poems & Art
ISBN: 1877636096

MARCH/Abrazo Press. 1992

Poetry. Art. Latino/Latina Studies. Chicagoan Carlos Cortez was one of the U.S.A.'s leading Chicano artists and poets before his death in January 2005. In this collection of poems and scratchboard drawings by the author, Cortez shares his love and concern for the land of his mestizo and Yaqui ancestors. Cortez's art and words help us see with "bicultural eyes" the history of the California (Califas) with a landscape alive with condors, cougars, tall saguaros, and even giant cloud formations.

Where Are The Voices? & Other Wobbly Poems
ISBN: 0882862383

Charles H Kerr. 1997

Illustrated by the author, and with a biographical Introduction by Archie Green. "Carlos Cortez is the better half of the 20th century walking. Through his words and woodcuts Cortez is a delightful and important chronicler of labor movements, Chicano history and, of course, la vida. We do well lending him an ear, an eye, a moment of our busy time. This is how we prepare to be human - by stopping to pay respect, to learn from, make use of the gifts of an artist and activist among us has for so long so generously offered." [Ana Castillo] "Carlos's poems are like his posters: They command your attention, lift your spirits, and always tell you something you need to know." [Utah Phillips]

Viva Posada!
ISBN: 0882862618

Charles H Kerr. 2002

Because of the high quality and the quantity of his art, Jose Guadalupe Posada is the one Mexican printmaker who has acquired posthumous and international fame. Posada was at his peak at the turn of the 20th century, during the closing years of the Diaz dictatorship. He has long been recognized as one of the personifications of the ensuing Mexican Revolution, which he did not live to se e completed. He illustrated many broadsides of revolutionary ballads, printed on cheap paper and sold for centavos in the streets. [from the Introduction by Carlos Cortez] Published on the 150th anniversary of Posada's birth (1852-2002), this book features 121 of the finest works by the great popular engraver and relief etcher who inspired not only the Mexican muralists but also the international Surrealist movement as well as poster artists and radical cartoonists from all over the world. Also included here are excerpts from classic texts on the artist by Jean Charlot, Jose Clemente Orozco, Frida Kahlo, Andre Breton and others, as well as statements by poets and artists of our own time - Dennis Brutus, Rikki Ducornet, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Franklin Rosemont, Joseph Jablonski, Ted Joans, Casandra Stark Mele, and many more - all published here for the first time.

Making Love With Our Eyes
ISBN: 1553950771

Trafford Publishing. 2006

"Making Love with Our Eyes," written as a personal study guide, shares a practical application of how to find the "love of one's life." Described in a refreshing and forthright manner, the contents of the book are interwoven with humor, personal observations, and the "real life" experiences of the author himself.