Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Puerto Ricans/Am-E-RÍ-CANs?

Poéticas para el siglo XXI: A Latin American, Caribbean and Trans-Atlantic Poetry Forum at UT Austin

Fri, April 22, 2011 | BEN 2.104

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Guest Poets: Mara Pastor, Urayoán Noel and Willie Perdomo

Language innovation has been central to contemporary poetics in the Americas. Historically Puerto Rican and Nuyorican poetry has questioned its relationship to the English language, of second-class citizenship, and their own dialogues with Latin American and American poetic traditions. Puerto Rican and Nuyorican contemporary poets open their trans-cultural spaces and “usurping voices” to address their second-class citizenship and colonial status, break North/South dichotomies, and build their sovereign individual-collective bodies. By doing so their poetics embody the potential as well as the feasibility of an Amerícan poetics of translation—of shared stories, technologies and attitudes of those who negotiate their words and creative expression between two or more cultures, languages or identities, places, cities and nations.


2:00 P.M. Remarks by Professors Jill Robbins (Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese) and Luis Cárcamo-Huechante (Faculty Coordinator, Poéticas para el siglo XXI: A Poetry Forum at UT Austin)

2:15:3:30 P.M. Poetry Reading (in Spanish & Spanglish): Presenters: Professor César Salgado and Lorna Torrado (Graduate Student); Guest poets: Mara Pastor and Urayoán Noel

3:45PM-5:00 P.M. Poetry Reading (in English): Presenters: Professor Jossiana Arroyo and Silvia Lorenso (Graduate Student); Guest Poet: Willie Perdomo

Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies (LLILAS), Department of Comparative Literature, Department of English, John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, and Graduate School at The University of Texas at Austin

2011 Faculty Organizers: Jossiana Arroyo, César Salgado, and Luis E. Cárcamo-Huechante

Our 2011 Guest Poets:

Mara Pastor. She is a poet, photographer, editor and graduate student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Pastor’s poetry establishes a dialogue with Latin American/U.S. Modernist aesthetics from Oliverio Girondo to William Carlos Williams to discuss the machinations and “violence” of the poetic voice. She is the author of Alabacera ( Terranova, 2006), and Candada por error (Atarraya Cartonera, 2009). She created the series “Poetry is Busy” in San Juan PR. Her poems have been translated into English and Catalan, and they have been also published in literary magazines in Argentina, Canada, and the United States. Pastor has a blog page entitled, Ohdiosas.

Urayoán Noel. He is a poet, performer artist, and professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Albany (SUNY). Author of Kool Logic/La lógica Kool (El Nuevo Día, prize, 2006) (Bilingual Press, 2006), Boringkén (Callejón, 2008), and Las flores del mall (2000) and various texts and collaborations with composer Monxo López which include a DVD for Kool Logic, and a CD for Boringkén. He has performed in the Bronx, NY as part of the group “Spanick Attack” and has worked translating works of Latin American and U.S. Latino poets for CENTRO Journal, Teachers and Writers, bomb and Mandorla. Noel’s poetry departs from the aesthetics of nuyorican poets Pedro Pietri and Tato Laviera to establish a dialogue with “Amerícan” contemporary languages and identities.

Willie Perdomo is the author of Where a Nickel Costs a Dime and Smoking Lovely (W. W. Norton & Company, 1996), Postcards of El Barrio (Isla Negra Press, 2002), and Smoking Lovely (Rattapallax Press, 2003; PEN American Center Beyond Margins Award).  Poet Perdomo has also published in The New York Times Magazine and Bomb. His children's book, Visiting Langston (2005), received a Coretta Scott King Honor. He is a NYFA Arts Fellowship winner, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and an Urban Artists Initiative/NYC grant recipient. He was recently a Woolrich Fellow in Creative Writing at Columbia University. He is currently Artist-in-Residence, Workspace, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He is co-founder/publisher of Cypher Books.


Sponsored by: The Department of Spanish and Portuguese

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