TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

History of Tia Chucha Press

Scope and Content of the Collection

Organization

Selected Search Terms

Container List

Series 1: Administration, 1989-1999

Series 2: Books, 1989-1999

Series 3: Guild Complex, 1992-1999

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Inventory of the Tia Chucha Press Records, 1989-1999


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610-7324
USA
Phone: 312-255-3506
Fax: 312-255-3646
E-Mail: specialcolls@newberry.org
URL: http://www.newberry.org

Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Lisa Janssen, 2008.

©2008.


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Tia Chucha Press
Title Tia Chucha Press Records
Dates 1989-1999
Extent 6.7 linear feet (13 boxes, 1 oversize box)
Abstract Administrative and literary materials including correspondence, manuscripts, reports, and financial documents pertaining to the establishment and operation of publishing company Tia Chucha Press.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Midwest MS Tia Chucha Press
Collection Stack Location 3a 24 14

Administrative Information

Cite As

Tia Chucha Press Records, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Gift of David Hernandez and the Guild Complex, 2000.

Processed by

Lisa Janssen, 2008.

Acknowledgements

This inventory was created with the generous support of the Poetry Foundation. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this inventory do not necessarily represent those of the Poetry Foundation.

Access

The Tia Chucha Press Records are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Tia Chucha Press Records are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

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History of Tia Chucha Press

Small press publishing company founded in Chicago by poet and activist Luis Rodriguez.

Tia Chucha Press was established by Luis Rodriguez in 1989. Rodriguez grew up in Los Angeles, the son of first generation Mexican immigrants. As a teenager, he became involved in East Los Angeles street gangs while also participating in political activism. After several arrests, he was able to break away from street life and attend college to study journalism at East Los Angeles College and UC Berkeley. He moved to Chicago in 1985 to write and edit for the nationally published revolutionary newspaper People's Tribune.

He became active in Chicago's burgeoning poetry scene and started Tia Chucha to publish his own poetry collection, Poems Across the Pavement. Named after his Aunt Jesusita, an important creative influence in his youth, the mission statement of Tia Chucha was to publish, "quality, cross-cultural voices in literature," and, "offer a window into worlds often neglected by most mainstream media and publishing." The press was fed by the vibrant Chicago poetry "bar-and-cafe" literary scene of the 1980s and 1990s which emphasized dramatic spoken work performances and poetry slams. The press became part of the Guild Complex non-profit arts organization in 1991. Tia Chucha books featured striking design elements, and published minority and alternative authors. Many authors whose early work were published by Tia Chucha, including Elizabeth Alexander (Barack Obama's 2009 inaugural poet), Michael Warr, and Rodriguez himself, continued onto award-winning writing careers. In 2000, Rodriguez returned to Los Angeles and founded Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural and Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley where the press continues to operate today.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

Administrative and literary materials including correspondence, manuscripts, reports, and financial documents pertaining to the establishment and operation of publishing company Tia Chucha Press.

Administrative materials include correspondence and statements from printers, distributors, designers, and other vendors, sales and financial reports, publicity, author queries, and grant applications. The Books series contains manuscripts, design layouts, and correspondence with authors including Elizabeth Alexander, Ricardo Sánchez, and Michael Warr. Guild Complex materials include meeting minutes, grant applications, promotional materials, financial documents, by-laws, and materials pertaining to the Prism youth writing workshops.

Narrative descriptions of the subject matter, types of material, and arrangement of each series are available through the Organization section of the finding aid.

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Organization

Papers are organized in the following series:

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Selected Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Newberry Library's public catalog. Researchers desiring additional materials on a particular topic should search the catalog using these headings.

Names

  • Alexander, Elizabeth, 1962-
  • Guild Complex (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Rodriguez, Luis J., 1954-
  • Sánchez, Ricardo, 1941-
  • Tia Chucha Press -- Records and correspondence
  • Warr, Michael, 1941-

Subjects

  • Poetry -- 20th century
  • Small presses -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Book design
  • Manuscripts, American -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Poetry slams
  • Poets, American -- 20th century
  • Poets, Latin American
  • Publishers and publishing -- Illinois -- Chicago.

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Container List

Series 1: Administration, 1989-1999

Materials pertaining to the administration of Tia Chucha Press including correspondence and statements from printers, distributors, designers, and other vendors. Also financial and sales reports, publicity, author queries, and grant applications. The series contains a significant amount of correspondence in the form of submission queries and some general correspondence, but most correspondence with authors regarding published books is filed in Series 2: Books.
Arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder Contents
1 1 Advertising, 1991-1996
1 2 Author events, readings, 1991, 1996, n.d.
1 3 Awards, prizes, 1991-1997
1 4 Book design (includes author photos and correspondence with designer Jane Kremsreiter), (see also oversize box), 1990-1997
1 5 Book fairs, festivals, 1993-1999, n.d.
1 6 Book orders, 1989-1997, n.d.
1 7 Brochures, catalogs, 1992-1997, n.d.
1 8-9 Correspondence - general, 1991-1999
1 10 Correspondence - submissions, queries, requests, 1990-1993
2 11-16 Correspondence - submissions, queries, requests, 1994-1997
3 17 Correspondence - submissions, queries, requests, 1998-1999
3 18 Desk copy requests, 1991-1996
3 19 Directories, 1991-1996, n.d.
3 20 The Distributors, 1990-1996
3 21 Distribution - miscellaneous, 1991-1997
3 22 Establishment of Tia Chucha Press, 1989-1991
3 23 Financial reports, budgets, 1992-1995
3 24 Form letters, 1991-1995, n.d.
3 25 Grants - miscellaneous, 1991-1996
3 26 Illinois Arts Council grant, 1991-1992
3 27 Independent Literary Publishers Association - sales reports, statements, 1989-1992
3 28 Independent Literary Publishers Association - catalogs, 1990-1991
3 29 Inland Book Company, 1991-1995
3 30 Internal memos, 1994-1999, n.d.
3 31 Invoices - miscellaneous, 1991-1998, n.d.
4 32 Lannan Foundation, 1992-1998
4 33 Mailing lists, ca. 1991-1998
4 34 McNaughton & Gunn, Inc., 1989-1997
4 35-36 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) - grant materials, 1993-1999
4 37 Northwestern University Press - miscellaneous correspondence, catalogs, 1995-1998
4 38 Northwestern University Press - sales reports, 1995-1997
5 39-40 Northwestern University Press - sales reports, 1998-1999
5 41 Notes, phone messages, 1991-1998
5 42 Payments, 1991-1994, n.d.
5 43 Permissions, 1993-1998
5 44 Press releases, announcements, 1992-1996, n.d.
5 45 Publicity - miscellaneous, 1991-1997, n.d.
5 46 Reviews, requests for review copies, 1990-1997
5 47 Rodriquez, Luis - miscellaneous, 1992-1998, n.d.
5 48 Royalties, 1994-1997
5 49 Small Press Distribution, 1991-1995
5 50 Stationary, business cards, ca. 1990s

Series 2: Books, 1989-1999

Contains correspondence, manuscripts, artwork, contracts, publicity, and other materials pertaining to the editing, production, and distribution of books published by Tia Chucha Press.
Arranged alphabetically by author.

Box Folder Contents
6 51 Alexander, Elizabeth - Body of Life, 1996-1997
6 52 Buscani, Lisa - Jangle, 1992-1993
6 53 Carbó, Nick - El Grupo McDonald's, 1995
6 54 Carbó, Nick - Secret Asian Man, 1999
6 55 Cumpian, Carlos - Armadillo Charm, 1995-1996
6 56 Dixon, Melvin - Love's Instrument, 1994-1995
7 57 Dream in Yourself - A Collection of Literary Workds from Gallery 37, 1997
7 58 Duhamel, Denise & Maureen Seaton - Exquisite Politics, 1996-1997
7 59 Fitzpatrick, Tony - The Coming of the Locusts, 1991-1992
7 60 Glancy, Diane - The Relief of America, 1999-2000
7 61 Hawley, Mary Kathleen - Double Tongues, 1992-1993
7 62 Hayes, Terrance - Muscular Music, 1998-1999
7 63 Hernandez, David - Rooftop Piper, 1991, 1999
7 64 I Represent - A Collection of Literary Works from Gallery 37, 1995-1996
8 65 Maciel, Olivia (editor) - Shards of Light, 1995-1998
8 66 Mori, Kyoko - Fallout, 1993-1995
8 67 Okita, Dwight - Crossing with the Light, 1991-1995
8 68 Open Fist - An Anthology of Young Illinois Poets, 1993, n.d.
8 69 Plumpp, Sterling D. - Blues Narratives, 1998-1999
8 70-71 Power Lines - A Decade of Poetry from Chicago's Guild Complex, 1998-1999
9 72-74 Power Lines - A Decade of Poetry from Chicago's Guild Complex, 1998-1999
9 75 Rodriguez, Andrés - Night Song, 1993-1994
9 76 Rodriguez, Luis - Poems Across the Pavement (see also oversize box), 1989
9 77 Salach, Cin - Looking for a Soft Place to Land, 1995-1996
10 78-80 Sánchez, Ricardo - The Loves of Ricardo, 1995-1997
10 81 Sheehan, John - Leaving Gary, 1996-1997
10 82 A Snake in the Heart (spoken word CD), 1993-1994
10 83 Suárez, Virgil - You Come Singing, 1998
11 84-85 Suárez, Virgil - You Come Singing, 1998
11 86 Tate, Marvin - A Schoolyard of Broken Dreams, 1994
11 87 Walden, Gale - Same Blue Chevy, 1991-1996
11 88-89 Weaver, Afaa M. - Talisman, 1996-1999

Series 3: Guild Complex, 1992-1999

Meeting mintues, financial materials, by-laws, promotional materials, reports, and materials pertaining to the Prism youth writing workshops.
Arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder Contents
12 90 Annual and three-year plans, 1994-1999
12 91 Board of Directors meeting minutes, 1992-1999
12 92 Budget and expenses, 1995-1999, n.d.
12 93 By-laws and policies, ca. 1990s
12 94 Correspondence, 1992-1999, n.d.
12 95 Finance and Development Committee meeting minutes, 1995, 1997
12 96 Fliers and brochures, 1995-1999, n.d.
12 97 Grant application, 1997
12 98 Guild Books (store), 1992-1993
12 99 Miscellaneous documents, 1993-1995
12 100 Prism workshops - correspondence and administrative materials, 1996-1999
12 101 Prism workshops - grant applications, 1995-1998
12 102 Prism workshops - notes, 1997-1998, n.d.
12 103 Prism workshops - sign-in sheets, 1997-1998
13 104-105 Prism workshops - student submissions, 1998-1999
13 106 Programs, events, 1994-1999
13 107 Reports, 1992-1995
13 108 Warr, Michael - biographical information, n.d.