Albuquerque novelist, Rudy Miera, reads from his new book, After Hours in Aztlan.
In ‘Burque (Albuquerque, New Mexico) it is Senior Year and 6 members of ‘El Círculo’, a tight circle of activist friends, are thinking about life after graduation. When their Underground Newspaper fails they decide to spend Fall Break on the road, making a short film that they hope will promote solidarity between workers and students.
After a series of adventures heading south to Juárez, Mexico, they sneak onto an actual movie set during the after hours to work on their project. When their key organizer, Kiko de La O, gets arrested, the ‘circle’ make plans to get him out of jail and salvage their project and still make it back to Aztlán (north) to attend to needy parents, Mid-term exams, part-time jobs, etc.
Similar in spirit and feeling to Miera’s debut novel, “After Hours in Aztlán” blends humor, cultural traditions, poetic passages and social critique in a fast-paced tale of friends on a mission to try to make their corner of the world more compassionate and just. The plot twists arise in a landscape of mysticism where even the high desert itself is a character…
“Hang on to your hats, folks, because Rudy J. Miera’s gang of student revolutionaries is on the loose, bumbling in their awkward but affecting way toward Salvation !”--John Nichols (Author – “The Milagro Beanfield War,” “The Empenada Brotherhood,”etc.)
A native New Mexican, Rudy J. Miera was born in Albuquerque, grew up in the North Valley.
Rudy’s screenplays have placed in competitions (the Lone Star Competition, Cyclone Productions, etc.), and his poetry has been published in: “Chiricú,” “New Kauri,” “Very Large Array,” “Voices From the Outside,” “The Albuquerque Tribune,” etc.
His essays have appeared in “The Voice” (National Writing Project), “English Journal,” “Narratives,” “The Corrales Comment,” “La Herencia,” etc.
Other dramatic works that Rudy has written and had produced include: “Día de Los Muertos” (KiMo Theater), “Valz Con La Muerte” (touring show), and he has been the musical director for several plays at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, including Bless Me, Última and The Farolitos of Christmas” (both by Rudolfo Anaya).