Chicano poet Jimmy Santiago Baca film available online

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A documentary on Chicano writer Jimmy Santiago Baca is now available online and producers want to screen it in schools with Latino and Native American students.

Director Daniel Glick says the film also is available on DVD and producers want to screen the documentary for free at juvenile detention center. He says troubled youth can learn a lot from a man who went from nearly illiterate convicted criminal to one of the most recognized Mexican-American writers in the country.

“A Place to Stand”, based on Baca’s 2002 memoir of the same name, follows his life from Estancia, New Mexico to his time in the Arizona State Prison in Florence, Arizona.

The Santa Fe-born poet is known for such poetry collections as “Immigrants in Our Own Land.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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