Friday, March 23, 2012

Latino/a Poetry Now in Washington, D.C.

I think the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University may have set some sort of record: the event was on Tuesday and the video of the reading and the moderated Q& A afterwards is already up on their website, thanks to Caitlin Tyler-Richards. It's nicely produced with proper credits and even some soundtrack at the beginning and the end: John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" (curated by William Archila):

Ruth Irupé Sanabria(as read by Carolyn Forché) and William Archila | 2011-2012 Readings and Talks Series from Lannan Center on Vimeo.

In this regard, it's quite nice to have video documentation for readers of Letras Latinas Blog. Ruth Irupé Sanabria was not able to be there, as planned, as she is giving birth to her daughter this week. But as you will see in this video, Carolyn Forché was stellar: she read a statement Ruth wrote for the occasion, and followed by reading some of Ruth's poems. William Archila then read his work, and took part in a moderated discussion with Darrel Alejandro Holnes of the Poetry Society of America. It's all there: yes, watching this video supposes an investment of time, but one well worth it. So make a date with yourself in the near future, sit back, and enjoy. In the meantime, here are a few photos, courtesy of Dan Vera:

Carolyn Forché reading the work
of Ruth Irupé Sanabria

William Archila

William at the podium

William and Darrel Alejandro Holnes

No comments: