Saturday, August 27, 2016

Interviews 2009 - 2016: review and update

Letras Latinas Blog will soon be posting a series of six poet interviews conducted by Luis López-Maldonado, a current MFA candidate at Notre Dame. Stay tuned for a brief preface to learn the identity of the six poets and some reflections by Luis. We will then follow with the interviews, probably at a clip of one a week.

In the meantime, here’s a look back at the ground we’ve covered: 44 interviews since 2009

Letras Latinas interviews: 2009 – 2014 (29 interviews)


Letras Latinas interviews: 2014-2016 (15 interviews)

interview with B. V. Olguin (December 2, 2014)
conducted by Steve Castro (American University, MFA, ‘16)


interview with Cindy Williams Gutiérrez (December 5, 2014)
conducted by Ae Hee Lee (Notre Dame, MFA, ‘16)


interview with Maceo Montoya (February 23, 2015)
conducted by Amanda Castañeda (Notre Dame, class of ’17)


interview with Rosebud Ben-Oni (March 5, 2015)
conducted by Ae Hee Lee (Notre Dame, MFA, ’16)


interview with Jessica Helen Lopez (March 27, 2015)
conducted by ir’ene lara silva (the nefelibata series)


interview with Daisy Hernández (May 15, 2015)
conducted by Amanda Castañeda (Notre Dame, class of ’17)


interview with Sheila Maldonado (May 21, 2015)
conducted by Ae Hee Lee (Notre Dame, MFA, ’16)


interview with Sarah A. Chavez (June 18, 2015)
conducted by ir’ene lara silva (the nefelibata series)


interview with Orlando Ricardo Menes (October 11, 2015)
conducted by Lauro Vázquez (Notre Dame, MFA, ’13)

interview with Louis Villalba (January  26, 2016)
conducted by Roberto Cruz (Notre Dame, class of ’17)


an interview with Kirsten Valdez Quade (February 2, 2016)
conducted by Roberto Cruz (Notre Dame, class of ’17)


an interview with Juan Alvarado Valdivia (February 12, 2016_
conducted by Roberto Cruz (Notre Dame, class of ’17)


an interview with Christopher Soto (aka Loma) (March 18, 2016)
conducted by Katy Cousino (Notre Dame, MFA, ’16)


an interview with Valerie Mejer (May 3, 2016)
conducted by Ae Hee Lee (Notre Dame, MFA, 2016)


an interview with Emily Pérez (June 22, 2016)
conducted by Sasha West












Wednesday, August 3, 2016

PINTURA:PALABRA @ Bryant Park: The Photo Gallery

These photographs made their way to Facebook, but here they are, as a photo gallery--visual documentation of the PINTURA:PALABRA reading that took place on August 2, 2016, in NYC.

Signage (1)

*  
Pre-reading mingle:
Valerie Martínez 
visits with members of her family
Emma Trelles and Justin Petropoulos
Dan Vera, Luis López-Maldonado, Brenda Cárdenas
The Reading Room's "Word for Word" 
Tuesday night poetry series
in Bryant Park
is the brainchild of Paul Romero 
who starts the evening with opening remarks
Francisco Aragón
succinctly tells the PINTURA:PALABRA story
before reading three poems
 Brenda Cárdenas
reads her poem "Placa/Rollcall"
inspired by the artwork
of the same name
by Charles "Chaz" Bojórquez
Brenda Cárdenas 
after reading two ekphrastic poems of her own
reads Juan Felipe Hererra's "Radiante(s)"
inspired by "Radiante"
by Olga Albizu
Paul Romero's Bryant Park colleagues,
in addition to setting up a large television screen
to project the artworks, 
prepared hardcopy packets of the artwork
Valerie Martínez
reads her poem "Granite Weaving,"
inspired by the artwork 
of the same name
by Jesus Moroles
el público

público y poeta
Emma Trelles
reads her poem "Decoy Gang War Victim"
inspired by the artwork
of the same name
by Asco
Emma Trelles
reads Alexandra Lytton Regalado's "El Chandelier"
inspired by the artwork
of the same name
by Pepón Osorio
Dan Vera
reads his poem "Constellation"
inspired by the artwork
of the same name
by María Magdalena Campos-Pons

 On the right: Nathan Osorio,
who is preparing a blog post
about the PINTURA:PALABRA reading
in Bryant Park
*
books for sale
by Kinokuniya Bookstore


L to R:
Steven Cordova, Dan Vera, 
Brenda Cárdenas, Francisco Aragón
L to R:
Emma Trelles, Paul Romero, Francisco Aragón,
Valerie Martínez, Brenda Cárdenas, Dan Vera 
 post-reading dinner (1)
post-reading dinner (2)
post-reading dinner (3) 
signage (2)
*
post script: the raffle:
 As a token of appreciation, Letras Latinas
gathered the names of those in attendance
in a blue cap, asked Paul Romero
to do the honors and pluck one winner
of the gorgeous art catalogue:
Our America: the Latino Presence in American Art
And the winner is:
Nga Le-Blatt




PINTURA:PALABRA @ Bryant Park Photo Gallery

These photographs made their way to Facebook, but here they are, as a photo gallery--visual documentation of the PINTURA:PALABRA reading that took place on August 2, 2016, in NYC.

Signage (1)

*  
Pre-reading mingle:
Valerie Martínez 
visits with members of her family
Emma Trelles and Justin Petropoulos
Dan Vera, Luis López-Maldonado, Brenda Cárdenas
The Reading Room's "Word for Word" 
Tuesday night poetry series
in Bryant Park
is the brainchild of Paul Romero 
who starts the evening with opening remarks
Francisco Aragón
succinctly tells the PINTURA:PALABRA story
before reading three poems
 Brenda Cárdenas
reads her poem "Placa/Rollcall"
inspired by the artwork
of the same name
by Charles "Chaz" Bojórquez
Brenda Cárdenas 
after reading two ekphrastic poems of her own
reads Juan Felipe Hererra's "Radiante(s)"
inspired by "Radiante"
by Olga Albizu
Paul Romero's Bryant Park colleagues,
in addition to setting up a large television screen
to project the artworks, 
prepared hardcopy packets of the artwork
Valerie Martínez
reads her poem "Granite Weaving,"
inspired by the artwork 
of the same name
by Jesus Moroles
el público

público y poeta
Emma Trelles
reads her poem "Decoy Gang War Victim"
inspired by the artwork
of the same name
by Asco
Emma Trelles
reads Alexandra Lytton Regalado's "El Chandelier"
inspired by the artwork
of the same name
by Pepón Osorio
Dan Vera
reads his poem "Constellation"
inspired by the artwork
of the same name
by María Magdalena Campos-Pons

 On the right: Nathan Osorio,
who is preparing a blog post
about the PINTURA:PALABRA reading
in Bryant Park
*
books for sale
by Kinokuniya Bookstore


L to R:
Steven Cordova, Dan Vera, 
Brenda Cárdenas, Francisco Aragón
L to R:
Emma Trelles, Paul Romero, Francisco Aragón,
Valerie Martínez, Brenda Cárdenas, Dan Vera 
 post-reading dinner (1)
post-reading dinner (2)
post-reading dinner (3) 
signage (2)
*
post script: the raffle:
 As a token of appreciation, Letras Latinas
gathered the names of those in attendance
in a blue cap, asked Paul Romero
to do the honors and pluck one winner
of the gorgeous art catalogue:
Our America: the Latino Presence in American Art
And the winner is:
Nga Le-Blatt