Ontiveros, R. J. (2014). In the spirit of a new people: The cultural politics of the Chicano movement. New York: New York University
Ontiveros argues that the arts provide an expression of the Chicano movement that circumvents neoliberalism and connects
historic struggles to current lived experience. Chicano artists have integrated environmentalism and feminism with the
Chicano movement in print media, visual arts, theater, and novels since the 1970s. While focused on art, this book also
provides a history of the coalition politics connecting the Chicano movement to other social justice struggles.
Alvarez, N. & Mearns, J. (2014). The benefits of writing and performing in the spoken word poetry community. The Arts in
Psychotherapy, 41(3), 263-268. doi:10.1016/j.aip.2014.03.004
Prior research has shown narrative writing to help with making meaning out of trauma. This article uses grounded theory to
analyze semi-structured interviews with ten spoken word poets. Because spoken word poetry is performed live, it creates
personal and community connections that enhance the emotional development and resolution offered by the practice of
writing. The findings are limited by the small, nonrandom sample (all the participants were from the same community).