vatos – José Galvez (photos) and Luis Alberto Urrea (poem)

*Vatos: street slang for dude, guy, pal, brother.

What you hold in your hands is a tribute to Chicano men–to Latino men, to all men everywhere–created out of love by two of their kind. When you look at these pictures and read these words you are seeing us in our roles as sons, fathers, brothers, and lovers. You are seeing us at our most vulnerable and at our toughest. You are seeing us adorn our bodies, you are seeing us hang with our compas, you are seeing us suffering and learning, and you are seeing us embrace our mothers and our wives and our children and our lives.

When you hold this book, you are acknowledging us.

–Edward James Olmos

forward by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Texas Tayshas High School Reading List 2002-2003

YALSA Quick Pick: Reluctant Young Adult Reader 2002

-from cover and back cover

Available at the Cervantes Institute Library at Chicago/ Disponible en la biblioteca del Instituto Cervantes de Chicago: http://absysnet.cervantes.es/abnetopac02/abnetcl.exe?ACC=DOSEARCH&xsqf99=@titn=537976

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