2015 Southwest Canto Mundo Poets' Reading

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2015 Southwest Canto Mundo Poets' Reading says
Celebrate Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz with poetry and performance at Austin's beautiful Mexican American Cultural Center, right on town lake!

Readers include:

José Antonio Rodríguez
ire'ne lara silva
Liliana Valenzuela
Octavio Quintanilla, and
Brenda Nettles Riojas.

Read their biographies below!

As part of the festivities celebrating the work and legacy of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, this reading will be followed by a short concert from local musician Leticia Rodriguez and renowned vocalist Lourdes Perez.

*Invite EVERYBODY!

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Liliana Valenzuela is a poet, literary translator, essayist, and journalist. Her bilingual poetry chapbook Codex of Journeys: Bendito camino (Mouthfeel Press), and her translation of Sandra Cisneros’s ¿Has visto a Maria? (Knopf) were published in 2012. A member of the Macondo Writers Workshop and an inaugural fellow of CantoMundo, she works for the ¡ahora si! Spanish weekly in Austin. Details at LilianaValenzuela.com and ahorasi.com

Octavio Quintanilla is the author of the poetry collection, If I Go Missing (Slough Press, 2014). He is a CantoMundo Fellow and holds a PhD from the University of North Texas. He is the South Texas regional editor for Texas Books in Review and teaches Literature and Creative Writing in the MA/MFA program at Our Lady of the Lake University.

Brenda Nettles Riojas is the host of “Corazón Bilingüe,” a weekly radio program that addresses the dynamics of language and culture. Her first collection of Spanish poems is “La Primera Voz Que Oí.” She co-edited “Writing to Be Heard/Escúchame: Voices from the Chicho” with Alan Oak, which was released by Otras Voces Publishing in June 2011.

José Antonio Rodríguez, Mexican immigrant, is the author of The Shallow End of Sleep and Backlit Hour, a finalist for the 2014 Paterson Poetry Prize. He was a Clifford D. Clark Doctoral Fellow at Binghamton University, where he received a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing, and currently teaches at The University of Texas-Pan American.

ire’ne lara silva is the author of furia (poetry), flesh to bone (short stories) which won the 2013 Premio Aztlan, and the forthcoming blood sugar canto (poetry). ire’ne is the recipient of the 2014 Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, the Fiction Finalist for AROHO’s 2013 Gift of Freedom Award, and the 2008 recipient of the Gloria Anzaldua Milagro Award. She is an inaugural CantoMundo Fellow and a co-coordinator of the Flor De Nopal Literary Festival.

For more information:
www.cantomundo.org
http://leticiarodriguezperforms.com/
http://www.lourdesperez.com/

Event sponsored by the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. Check out other events at the MACC here: http://austintexas.gov/page/emma-s-macc-events
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