Ruben MartinezA native of Los Angeles and the son and grandson of immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador, Rubén Martínez is a writer, performer and teacher. He holds the Fletcher Jones Chair in Literature and Writing at Loyola Marymount University, and is an artist in residence at Stanford University’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts. He is the author of: Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail, The New Americans: Seven Families Journey to Another Country and The Other Side: Notes from the New L.A., Mexico City and Beyond. His new book, Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West is now available in hardcover from Metropolitan/Holt Books.
As a musician, he has collaborated with the likes of The Roches, Los Illegals and Concrete Blonde. A veteran of the spoken word and performance art scenes, he is the host of the VARIEDADES “performance salon” in Los Angeles, interdisciplinary shows that focus on topical themes.
Martinez states, "I’ve always worked across genres, and music runs deep in my family (my Mexican grandparents performed both opera and popular music). During a writing project I often compose songs that mirror the themes and narratives, kind of a literary soundtrack. Here are a batch of songs from the time that I was writing Crossing Over. I plan to record the songs that I wrote during the time I was working on Desert America soon."
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