From punks to poets

When looking at the norms of what a writer is, authors, Allan MacDonell and Dean Kuipers are not what come to mind. MacDonell, with his soft gait, and a delicately placed bucket hat, reminiscent of his time spent at the forefront of the Los Angeles punk scene, and Kuipers, adorned in a forest green flannel and REI bought trail running shoes, are not what the average writer looks like, or even is. They’re nobody’s all-Americans. Apart from their physical appearances, MacDonell and Kuipers represent the alternative author, the ones who were not cultivated in the harsh reality of academia, but rather those who grew to success in an organic way, a hard earned manner.

An Experience from the other side

Last Friday, April 21, a group of 20 students boarded a bus to the U.S.-Mexico border. The bumpy three hourride was filled with chattering and anticipation. Alliance San Diego Executive Director Andrea Guerrero brought the students to San Ysidro, where the students departed the bus straight into Alliance San Diego’s peaceful rally.