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Veterans For Peace Forum
Metro East Community Media
Portland Oregon

Daniel Shea, program host, Vietnam Veteran & member of VFP 72
interviews Los Porteños, Cindy WIlliams Gutierrez, co-producer of ‘Words That Burn,’ with writers/actors/musician
Frank Delgado, Enrique E. Andrade & Joaquin Lopez

Previewing a dramatization of WWII experiences of
William Stafford, Lawson Inada, and Guy Gabaldon
with updates on upcoming performances all of which will culminate in a three day event on:

September 25, 2014 – September 28, 2014
Milagro Theatre
525 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214

Cindy Williams Gutiérrez, creator of “Words That Burn” and founding member of Los Portenos, poet-dramatist who draws inspiration from the silent and silenced voices of history and herstory. Her Aztec-inspired poetry collection, the small claim of bones, is forthcoming from Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe of Arizona State University. Her verse play A Dialogue of Flower & Song was featured in the 2012 Spanish and Latin American Women’s Studies Conference co-sponsored by the University of Portland and Portland State University. She is the creator and co-executive producer of Words That Burn which will premiere this fall at the Milagro Theatre. Cindy teaches poetry to adults—including most recently, the Literary Arts Delve Seminar on “The Works of William Stafford”—as well as to youth through the Portland Art Museum, the Right Brain Initiative, Wordstock, and Writers in the Schools. Cindy earned an MFA from the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast Program with concentrations in Mesoamerican poetics and creative collaboration.

Frank Delgado is a prose writer writing about his father’s experiences in World War II as a Chicano Marine. Frank was born in San Antonio, Texas and has traveled throughout the United States and Germany as a military brat. His family finally settled down in Los Angeles just east of downtown in an area called Boyle Heights. He attended Catholic grammar school at Resurrection and Cathedral High School where he established a chapter of Mecha, a Chicano civil rights group. He majored in Economics at San Jose State University.

Enrique E. Andrade, originally from Mexico City, is a graduate of the University of Oregon. Enrique has performed in numerous Miracle Theater productions since 2008, including in 2012 Oedipus el Rey, winner of 6 Drammys, and Ardiente Paciencia in 2014. He performed in Astor Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires at the Aspen Festival of Music in 2005 and 2007 as well as with 3rd Angle Music Ensemble, and in 2013 with the Lexington Philharmonic in Kentucky. Enrique’s Television credits include TNT’s Leverage season 4 as Professor Humberto Garcia as well as NBC’s GRIMM. Enrique is well known for being the Spanish voice of the MAX, as well as various TV/radio/internet commercials in both English and Spanish and also as a storyteller at Portland Story Theater.

Joaquin Lopez is a musician, writer, cultural events and music producer, and small business owner. Producer credits include Taste of Mexico at the Portland Art Museum and the annual cultural performance for Portland Latino Gay Pride: Voz Alta. In 2012, he released the album, “…For the Disenchanted,” a Spanish language ode to melancholia and longing featuring boleros. Joaquin received his BFA in Theatre Arts from Southern Oregon University and sits on the board of Business for Culture and the Arts, Momentum Alliance and Portland Latino Gay Pride. He works at La Bonita with his family. For more information visit

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for Date, Time and Place for complete performance of Words that Burn:
World War II built many walls. In Europe, walls of barbed wire surrounded death camps for Jews. Here in the United States, Japanese-Americans were confined in internment camps and conscientious objectors in Civilian Public Service camps. And in the Pacific theatre, banzai attacks of Japanese soldiers refusing to surrender created walls of fire and steel. Through a blend of poetry and monologue in their own words, this is the dramatization of how three historical figures—conscientious objector William Stafford, Japanese-American internee Lawson Inada, and East L.A. marine Guy Gabaldón—galvanized language to discover liberation beyond these walls.

A full staged reading will be produced by Los Porteños at the Milagro Theatre on September 25-28, 2014 in commemoration of the William Stafford Centennial, the 70th anniversary of the rescindment of Executive Order 9066, and Hispanic Heritage Month.


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