Join us at the Smith Recital Hall (on SDSU campus) for a performance by award-winning author, Tim Z. Hernandez about his recently published documentary novel, «All They Will Call You.»
Hernandez offers an engaging performance based on his research of a popular American song written by Woody Guthrie titled, «Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportees).» On Jan 28, 1948, twenty-eight Mexican citizens were being deported from Oakland California to the Mexico border when the government-chartered plane crashed and killed everyone aboard, including the crew and immigration officer.
At the time, popular media only mentioned the names of the American crew, and omitted the names of the Mexican passengers. Guthrie’s song was an attempt to restore the dignity of those passengers, who were eventually buried in an unmarked mass grave in Fresno, California. The song was made popular and recorded by the likes of Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Dolly Parton, Bruce Springsteen, and many others.
Hernandez has spent years locating and interviewing the family members of the passengers, including the pilots, immigration guard, and Mexican citizens, as well as eyewitnesses. His lively storytelling presentation sheds light on the lives behind the names and faces of those directly affected by the incident.
The program also includes special guests, folk musician Joel Rafael, mariachi musician Raoul Hernandez, and a Q & A with the author.
SDSU Campus Location:
School of Music and Dance
Smith Recital Hall
Free and Open to the Public
*Donations welcome to support the School of Art + Design
About the author:
Tim Z. Hernandez is an award-winning writer and performance artist. He is the recipient of an American Book Award for poetry, the Colorado Book Award for poetry, and the International Latino Book Award for historical fiction. His work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, C-Span/ American History TV, the San Francisco Chronicle, and National Public Radio.
Named one of sixteen New American Poets by the Poetry Society of America, he was a finalist for the inaugural Split This Rock Freedom Plow Award for his work on locating the victims of the 1948 plane wreck at Los Gatos Canyon, the incident made famous by Woody Guthrie’s song of the same name. The result of this work is the basis for his newly released book, All They Will Call You (University of Arizona Press). Hernandez holds a B.A. from Naropa University and an M.F.A. from Bennington College. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing.
Organized by SDSU Downtown Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition We Are Here/Estamos Aquí on display at the SDSU Downtown Gallery, this event is supported by Arts Alive SDSU.
We Are Here/Estamos Aquí is organized by the SDSU Downtown Gallery. This event is sponsored by The President’s Leadership Fund, Univision Radio San Diego, the School of Art + Design, the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts. Additional support is provided by Arts Alive SDSU.