Department of Spanish and Portuguese
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Am-E-RI-CANs - April 22, 2011

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Am-E-RI-CANs - April 22, 2011
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Guest Poets: Mara Pastor, Urayoán Noel and Willie Perdomo

Language innovation has been central to contemporary poetics in the Americas. In particular, Puerto Rican and Nuyorican poetry establishes and performs new relationships with both Spanish and English. Moreover, this dialogue with Latin American and American literary traditions questions political and cultural imaginaries of citizenship and national and transnational belongings. Puerto Rican and Nuyorican contemporary poets open trans-cultural spaces, break down North/South dichotomies and imagine new linguistic and symbolic mappings of the Americas. In so doing, their works reach toward an Amerícan poetics in which shared stories, subjectivities, technologies, translation and aesthetics of language re-imagine multiple nations, cultures, identities, spaces and temporalities.

Program -- Friday, April 22, 2011 -- BEN 2.104

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):  Guest poets: Mara Pastor and Urayoán Noel; Presenters: Professor César Salgado and Lorna Torrado (Graduate Student)

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

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: 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. Her work discusses the machinations and “violence” of the poetic voice. She is the author of Alabalacera (Terranova, 2006), Origen de los párpados (2008), and Candada por error (Atarraya Cartonera, 2009). She created the series “Poetry is Busy” in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 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 also maintains the blog  Ohdiosas.

Urayoán Noel: A poet, performance artist, and professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Albany (SUNY), Noel is the author of Kool Logic/La lógica Kool (El Nuevo Día, prize, 2006) (Bilingual Press, 2006), Boringkén (Callejón, 2008), and Las flores del mall (2000) as well as various texts and collaborations with composer Monxo López, including a DVD for Kool Logic and a CD for Boringkén. He has performed in the Bronx, New York, 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: 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), Perdomo has also published in The New York Times Magazine and BOMB. His children’s book, Visiting Langston (2005) received one of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. 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 and is currently Artist-in-Residence, Workspace, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He is co-founder/publisher of Cypher Books.


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