Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Scenes from the One Poem Festival

This year's edition of the One Poem Festival once again gathered a variety of Latino and Latina poets to share a single poem in front of colleagues and friends during AWP. We were also lucky enough to hear from the judge of this year's Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, Silvia Curbelo, as she announced this year's winner: Emma Trelles.

Many thanks to all the organizers and Dikeou Collection for bringing us all together for an evening that displayed the diversity and scope of contemporary Latino Poetry in the US.

Scenes from the One Poem Festival

LIST OF READERS

Oscar Bermeo
Richard Blanco
Xánath Caraza
John Chávez
David Dominguez
Mario Duarte
Juliana Aragón Fatula
Harrison Candelaria Fletcher
Diana García
Liz Gonzalez
Tim Z. Hernández
Sheryl Luna
J. Michael Martínez
Michael Luis Medrano
Maria Melendez
Carolina Monsiváis
Juan J. Morales
Kristin Naca
Emmy Pérez
Manuel Ramos
John Michael Rivera
Danny Solis
Carmen Giménez Smith
Gloria Vando
Dan Vera
Rich Villar

MC: John-Michael Rivera

10 comments:

Francisco Aragón said...

Thank you, Oscar for this wonderful slide show. I'd like to give a shout out to John Michael Rivera for securing the venue many months ago, for and serving as MC; to elena minor for designing such a beautiful flyer and compiling the 2009/10 bibliography in the program that was designed by J. Michael Martínez. In other words, it was an evening borne of partnership and collaboration. And special thanks to all the participating poets, and what I heard was an awesome audience.

liz gonzalez said...

Francisco,

Thank you and everyone else involved in making this event happen. It was a great honor and experience to be included with such a strong group of poets.

Best,
liz

Rich Villar said...

Wanted to point out that Danny Solis, a longtime stalwart of the Albuquerque poetry scene, was also able to get on and bless the crowd with an unforgettable signature piece on Cesar Chavez. Wonderful gesture on the part of the emcee and an amazing poem.

Vaya,
Rich

Xánath Caraza said...

'One Poem Festival' was a powerful and creative experience for me. The flow of multiple voices motivates me. Thanks for the invitation it was an honor to be part of this. Thanks to all the organizers for such a great job.

Peace,
Xanath

Wondermachine said...

It was such a great evening and a real honor to read with all these fine poets. Thanks Rich for identifying Danny Solis. His poem was so great and I hadn't caught his name.
Looking forward to One Poem at AWP in DC and look forward to working on finding a space for it. -Dan Vera

Michael Medrano said...

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be part of this strong network of writers. The energy in that room was unattainable. Certainly a highlight of my awp experience. I look forward to collaborating in the near future.

abrazos,

Michael Luis Medrano

Michael Medrano said...

Thank you for welcoming me and my funky poem into this circle of very fine writers. It is an absolute honor to have read with each and everyone of you. I look forward to more collaborations such as this. I tip my hat to you all...

Abrazos,

Michael Luis Medrano

Oscar Bermeo said...

Shout outs to everyone who helped make this happen (Momotombo Press and PALABRA) and everyone in the audience for being so attentive throughout especially the readers from past ONE POEM FESTIVALs who came through just to listen and support.

A list of all the readers who participated in this year's festival has been added to the post.

And, Emma Trelles also shares her thoughts on the Festival (and other AWP happenings) at Best American Poetry.

Word.

Juliana said...

This was my first AWP Conference but hopefully not my last. The One Poem Festival was the icing on the tortilla! Orale. Gracias for inviting me; I'm honored to be included with the wealth of poets that attended and spoke. Juliana

Juliana said...

This was my first AWP Conference but hopefully not my last. The One Poem Festival was the icing on the tortilla! Orale. Gracias for inviting me; I'm honored to be included with the wealth of poets that attended and spoke.

Thanks,
Juliana Aragón Fatula