To Save The Poet of El Barrio, mGive Twilio and Heroku Join Forces to Launch Hotline

Dial (630) 4-A-Rhyme or (630) 427-4963  to listen to some poems. Text “poetry” to 80077 to make a $5 donation to support public poetry On Friday, February 8, I read a heart-breaking story in the New York Times. Jesus “Papoleto” Melendez (pictured right), the poet and prophet of El Barrio, was about to be evicted. In some ways, the misfortune that befell the bard of Spanish… Read More

Art, Data and Building Trees from Texts: Tracing The Roots of (x)Tree

When you think of text messaging, art isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But, where some see texts, others see art. Agnes Chavez is a multi disciplinary artist making SMS in to much more than just text, with the help of creative coder and sound designer, Alessandro Saccoia. Agnes is a graduate of the California College of Arts working on her latest project, (x)Tree, an… Read More