Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Roll Call, or: PALABRA PURA: a look back

What remains probably my favorite Spike Lee film--Do The Right Thing--has this wonderful sequence during which a DJ lets loose a litany of names. The names are of African Americans, living and dead, who have enriched our lives, whether in the field of the arts, or other disciplines. I remember being particularly moved as I sat in that theater 20 years ago in 1989 listening to the voice utter those names...

As the Guild Complex and PALABRA PURA enter into a transition year of sorts, this is a good moment, I think, to recall some names: those poets who have graced a Palabra Pura stage. Included in this literary litany are the poets who took part in the "One Poem Festival" last February during the AWP conference, and the poets who read in the Chicago stop of the Wind Shift tour. Consider this, then, a way of expressing our appreciation to these poets who, by definition, have become Palabra Pura alums and, we hope, Palabra Pura ambassadors.

One final note: our mission is primarily to showcase emerging voices from around the country and Chicago. As the list will bear out, though, we occasionally feature more established voices, typically in partnership with the Poetry Foundation, but the focus remains newer voices. They are presented in the order in which they appeared.
PALABRA PURA: 2006 - 2009
Paul Martinez Pompa
Jorge Frisancho
Orlando Ricardo Menes
Beatriz Badikian
Maria Melendez
Carlos Cumpian
Lidia Torres
Johanny Vázquez Paz
Brenda Cárdenas
David Hernandez
Sheryl Luna
Leon Leiva Gallardo
Tato Laviera
Francisco Aragón
Olivia Maciel
Richard Blanco
Achy Obejas
Jorge Sánchez
Ada Limón
Cynthia Cruz
Juana Goergen
Carl Marcum
Fernando Olszanski
Ray Gonzalez
Yolanda Nieves
Victor Hernández Cruz
Lisa Alvarado
Gregorio Gomez
Sandy Florian
Raul Niño
Suzanne Frischkorn
Coya Paz
Urayoán Noel
Peter Ramos
Bernardo Navia
Manuel Paul Lopez
Eduardo Arocho
Ariel Robello
Juan Manuel Sanchez
Tim Z. Hernandez
Stephanie Gentry-Fernandez
Aracelis Girmay
Olga Ulloa
Lorna Dee Cervantes
Rigoberto González
Adrian Castro
Emanuel Xavier
Irasema González
Tomás Riley
Xenia Ruiz
Frances Treviño
Tony Del Valle
Juan J. Morales
Liliano Bilbao
John Murillo
Rafael Franco Steeves
"One Poem Festival"
Lisa Alvarado
Carlos Cumpian
Silvia Curbelo
Gina Franco
Gabe Gomez
Irasema González
Maurice Kilwein Guevara
Gabriela Jauregui
Olivia Maciel
Carl Marcum
Valerie Martínez
Orlando Ricardo Menes
Achy Obejas
Daniel A. Olivas
Johanny Vázquez Paz
Paul Martinez Pompa
Linda Rodríguez
Jacob Saenz
Jorge Sánchez
Juan Manuel Sanchez
Joanne Diaz
Dawn Herrera-Terry
Dan Vera
Carmen Alicia Murguia
"The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry ON TOUR"
Rosa Alcalá
Carolina Monsivais
Kevin González
Emma Trelles
Jacob Saenz
Maria Melendez
Luis Humberto Valadez
Juan Felipe Herrera
Dolores Dorantes
Laura Solórzano
Jen Hofer (translator)
Rita María Martínez
Luis Tubens

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