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Un Trip will be part of the 30th Season Broadcast of KERA's Frame of Mind, Texas PBS Stations


Neighborhood of my youth,


erased forever from the universe.

You live on, captive, in the lonely

cellblocks of my mind.

Un Trip through the Mind Jail, raúlrsalinas, 14 Sept. ’69 Leavenworth

Directors Anne Lewis and Laura Varela are pleased to announce that the UN TRIP: RAÚLRSALINAS AND THE POETRY OF LIBERATION (25 min) will be part of Season 30 of KERA's Frame of Mind on October 12, 2023, at 10 pm CST.

Link to live feed (for the October 12th Broadcast) at KERA.

Check back for updates on the following broadcasts

Panhandle PBS (Amarillo) – Saturdays at 10 pm beginning October 7

KTTZ (Lubbock) – Thursdays at 7p beginning October 5

PBS El Paso (El Paso) – Thursdays beginning October 5 (time TBA). More soon!

UN TRIP is a split screen jazz and liberation documentary based on "Un Trip through the Mind Jail" written in 1969 by the beloved Xicanindio poet raúlrsalinas while he was incarcerated at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary.

Paul Stekler, acclaimed documentary filmmaker and founder of the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs writes, “reminds me of being at the old Nuyorican Poets Café in New York, where poetry, jazz, and politics mixed freely… just wonderful.”

UN TRIP is a story of transformation through political education in community (initially a community of the incarcerated). The specifics create a model of relationship once outside as well as inside the walls. The story is told by raúlrsalinas who spent most of his adolescent and young adult life inside as a petty criminal and drug dealer. He came out of Federal penitentiaries a deep and strong social advocate and community organizer. He never went back to prison.

The film explores contemporary issues: imprisonment, community destruction, gentrification, and the profound impact of cultural memory on sanity and salvation. This includes a poetry workshop led by raúl at the Bexar County Juvenile Detention Center. A young woman reads a poem that deals with her past.

Dr. Louis Mendoza, Ph.D., one of the foremost experts on raúl’s work writes, “an aesthetically rendered treatment of Raúl Salinas’ poetic and social vision through the lens of his signature poem… gritty, poignant, and lyrical.”

For more information and review copies: contact Laura Varela at; Anne Lewis at or visit the film's FB page for updates.

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