Prize-Winning Author on Coast-to-Coast Zapatista Teach-In Tour

MEXICO CITY – Mexico author John Ross, dubbed the "new John Reed" by the Mexican daily La Jornada, will hit the road this Autumn on a coast-to-coast Zapatista teach-in tour featuring his latest work, "The War Against Oblivion – Zapatista Chronicles" (Common Courage 2001), the amazing, seven year saga of the Mayan Indian uprising in Chiapas.

MEXICO CITY – Mexico author John Ross, dubbed the "new John Reed" by the Mexican daily La Jornada, will hit the road this Autumn on a coast-to-coast Zapatista teach-in tour featuring his latest work, "The War Against Oblivion – Zapatista Chronicles" (Common Courage 2001), the amazing, seven year saga of the Mayan Indian uprising in Chiapas.

Stops will include northern California (October 15-31), Minnesota (Nov 1-7), Chicago Illinois-Madison Wisconsin (Nov. 8-17), Cincinnati (Nov. 17-20)
New York City, and New England (Nov 25-Dec. 12).

The Mexico City-based Ross will also be presenting his latest volume of poetry "Against Amnesia," featuring new works drawn from the Zapatista experience. John Ross was one of the first correspondents on the ground in Chiapas following the Zapatistas’ New Year’s 1994 rebellion.

Author-correspondent- activist-poet John Ross has logged over 20,000 miles in the past year bringing the story of the Zapatista struggle to North American audiences from Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies to the Narciso Martinez Cultural Center in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

"The War Against Oblivion" speaks to the reader through the voices of the Zapatistas’ charismatic Subcomandante Marcos, the Mayan villagers of Chiapas, and Ross’s own ineffable gift of gab.

John Ross is a long-time Mexico correspondent for Noticias Aliadas (Lima), Gemini News Service (London), the Texas Observer. the LA Weekly,
and Sierra Magazine among other publications. "The War Against Oblivion" is his third volume of writings on the Zapatista uprising –
"Rebellion From the Roots" won a 1995 American Book Award and "The
Annexation of Mexico – From the Aztecs to the IMF," a post-Zapatista encounter with Mexican history, is extensively read on U.S. college campuses.

Ross is also the author of "In Focus Mexico," a political guidebook to be re-released next year. and "Tonatiuh’s People," a novel of the Mexican cataclysm, which is fast achieving cult status amongst
Mexicophiles. Ross will be featured in The Nation Books’ upcoming "Zapatista Reader" out this November. He also publishes a weekly
on-line newsletter "Mexico Barbaro," a mordant view of political outrages south of the border reported from the grassroots.

Identified as a younger Beat poet, John Ross is the author of eight chapbooks of poetry including "Whose Bones," "JazzMexico," and the hot-off-the-press "Against Amnesia" (Calaca de Pelon, Mexico City) from which he will read on the upcoming tour.

Besides presenting the two new volumes, John Ross will lecture on "Fixing the Zapatistas In history – How the EZLN Has Changed the Face
of Mexico;" "Killing Hope – Denying Indian Rights," detailing the fall-out
from the gutting of an Indian Rights law by the Mexican congress; "Fox Incorporated – Selling Off Mexico," an evaluation of Vicente Fox’s first year as president;" and "Globalization or Gobblezation" –
How the globalization of resource exploitation is driving human rights, environmental, and agrarian struggles together in Mexico.

John Ross is also offering "The War Against Oblivion," a ten session seminar guiding students and scholars through seven years of the
Zapatista rebellion. The syllabus is available upon request.

For booking information write johnross@igc.org

or call 011.525.510.3376 in Mexico City.

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