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"Dharma at the Edge" Program at Upaya Zen Center, August 2010

"Dharma at the Edge" Program at Upaya Zen Center, August 2010

by Jimmy Santiago Baca

Jimmy speaks openly about his childhood and how he would be used to recon possible homes for robbery by others older than him. On one occasion he was checking out a house only to find an older lady reading. He told the others she had dogs, etc and to move on. Later in life he found out the home was owned by the Maloof family. He vowed one day to own that home and after years of personal challenges and success he did end up owning that home. BTW, the young girl in the video is his daughter, Lucia.

by Jimmy Santiago Baca

Jimmy visited the Moby Dickens Bookshop to promote his latest poetry series "Breaking Bread With The Darkness that were inspired by his son (Esai) and daughter (Lucia). In Part I he opens with a discussion on his latest works and charitable contributions.

by Jimmy Santiago Baca

Poet Jimmy Santiago Baca reads a poem from his latest collection, Breaking Bread with the Darkness Vol. 2: The Lucia Poems. 

Heinemann Publishing

Former gang member/convict and now critically acclaimed author and poet Jimmy Santiago Baca discusses the writing process for his latest book with ReLeah Cossett Lent. "Stories from the Edge" enriches and extends Jimmy Santiago Bacas critically acclaimed memoir, "A Place to Stand." Early stories elaborate on his trials as an abandoned child in an orphanage. Later stories draw on Bacas post-prison life as a writer and his ongoing work with struggling adolescents, prisoners, and societys dispossessed. Centered around conflicts and life-altering choices, Bacas gripping personal narratives will resonate with adolescents and adults alike.

The Believe Center Presents: Jimmy Santiago Baca

Books4Buddies Inc.

An Afternoon with Jimmy Santiago Baca

Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry

Poet and community activist Jimmy Santiago Baca – who was a runaway at 13, served a five-year maximum security prison sentence and emerged from lock-up in 1979 as a writer – comes to Tucson for a reading, and a screening of the documentary based on his 2002 memoir "A Place to Stand," with a Q & A to follow. 1:00pm - 4:00pm.

Lauded by the Associate Press for “his raw poetry and vivid essays that seek to capture the experience of Mexican-Americans and American Indians in the Southwest,” Baca has devoted his post-prison life to writing and teaching others who are overcoming hardship. His themes include American Southwest barrios, addiction, injustice, education, community, love and beyond.

He has conducted hundreds of writing workshops in prisons, community centers, libraries and universities throughout the country.Baca is the winner of the Pushcart Prize, the American Book Award, the International Hispanic Heritage Award and, for his memoir "A Place to Stand," the prestigious International Award.

Adolescents on the Edge


Fusing Jimmy Santiago Baca's talents as a writer of memoir with ReLeah Cossett Lents expertise in building and empowering classroom communities, Adolescents on the Edge offers a completely new approach to reaching at-risk adolescents. Centered around conflicts and life-altering choices, Bacas gripping personal narratives—delivered through short stories and live-from-the-classroom videos—will resonate with students and provide rich opportunities for them to reflect on their own decision making. Through these stories and their accompanying activities, students witness the power of literacy and learn that their power, too, lives in the words they speak, write, and share with others.

A Poetry Reading at Vassar College

by Jimmy Santiago Baca

New Mexico native Jimmy Santiago Baca reading some of his work as the 2011 Elizabeth Bishop Poetry Series Poet at Vassar College on November 14, 2011. The award-winning writer was a boyhood runaway who spent time in prison before discovering "a voracious passion for poetry," he notes.

Jimmy Santiago Baca at Skyline College

Speaking With Students

I Am Offering This Poem

by Jimmy Santiago Baca

Jimmy Santiago Baca at the Cesar Chavez Library (Salinas, CA)

A Desire

by Jimmy Santiago Baca

Celebrated poet Jimmy Santiago Baca reads A Desire from his early chapbook Swords of Darkness, featured in his poetry compilation Singing at the Gates. 

Cut-Tongued Sparrow

by Jimmy Santiago Baca

Celebrated poet Jimmy Santiago Baca reads poem 32, Cut-Tongued Sparrow, from his poetry collection C-Train and 13 Mexicans. 

Shot by Gabriel Baca for A Place to Stand's 2012 Kickstarter campaign. 

Man Rage

by Jimmy Santiago Baca

Man Rage - Jimmy Santiago Baca - National Poetry Week IV in Santa Fe - October 1990.

A Place to Stand - Official Trailer

Official Trailer

The official trailer for A Place to Stand, a feature length documentary about the life of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca.

'Blood In, Blood Out' Creator on Island


KUAM's Jason Salas talks to Jimmy Santiago Baca, the author of 21 books and the writer of the movie 'Blood In, Blood Out' ( and about his amazing journey and award-winning writing.

A Place To Stand - Extended Trailer

Extended Trailer

A Place to Stand is a documentary adaptation of award-winning poet Jimmy Santiago Baca's best-selling memoir of the same name. 

Part of the "Artists on the Cutting Edge" series

Chicano poet, novelist and screenwriter Jimmy Santiago Baca's vivid autobiographical writings reflect the mixed cultural influences of his Southwestern upbringing. Mr. Baca reads selections from his work before an audience at La Jolla's Sherwood Auditorium. Series: "Artists on the Cutting Edge"

by Jimmy Santiago Baca

Healing Earthquakes (“Twelve”) on Def Jam Poetry

by Jimmy Santiago Baca

featuring Jimmy Santiago Baca

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