Eduardo Cavazos Garza, founder of the Jazz Poets of San Antonio and longtime Chicano activist, artist, poet, musician, actor, drum-maker, mask-carver and Native American spiritual practitioner, was born in Kingsville, Texas in 1947 and moved to San Antonio in 1974. He served in Vietnam from August 1969 to August 1970 and returned to make use of the GI Bill by studying Art at the University of Texas-San Antonio. He has acted in more than seven films, including The Newton Boys, The Bookie, Even Hand and several made for TV dramas, plus countless television and radio commercials. He has also participated in scores of sweat lodges, is active in many indigenous ceremonies, and is an outstanding performance poet. Garza has created hundreds of poems and paintings and thousands of drawings, in addition to many wooden faces carved from tree trunks (Cara de Mezquite, Cara de Pera, Cara de Encino...) some of which were hijacked by fire.
About Hijacked By Fire:
With a house burnt to the ground by a surprise fire, Eduardo smiles at the firefighters and sighs, "I'm fine. I'm fine. My Buddhist training helps. I count what I have and keep on rolling." He insists on rescuing what is possible from the ruins, sifting through the wet, singed papers, the sketches, victorious as he lifts the last bottle of his deceased father's homemade wine. And from what is rescued from the fire, we find reams of poems, thousands of sketches, pieces of history, and...a spirit still undamaged.