It's been a busy time for Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize winner, Emma Trelles: last Saturday night I had the privilege of sharing the stage with Emma, Maurice Kilwein Guevara, Xanath Caraza and Roberto Harrison at "Cantos Latinos"---Brenda Cárdenas' last curated event as Poet Laureate of Milwaukee. We enjoyed Brenda and Roberto's hospitality after the reading, at their home, where fresh tamales were served (there are photos on facebook). But earlier in March (the weekend of March 17-18 to be precise), Emma Trelles was our out-of-town guest in Washington, D.C. What follows is a belated photo gallery, courtesy of Dan Vera, of her visit.
Carmen Calatayud and Emma Trelles at the reception held in their
honor at the home of Kim Roberts and Regie Cabico on March 17.
Guests are enjoying the food prepared by Bill McGrath. In honor
of Emma and Saint Patrick's day, it was a Cuban/Irish spread.
Regie Cabico welcomes us as Carmen
and Emma prepare to each share one poem.
Carmens reads a poem
Emma reads a poem--actually, sings a poem.
Sarah Browning, founder of the "Sunday Kind of Love"
reading series at Busboys and Poets,
welcomes the public on March 18.
Emma reads a poem
(she was preceded by Carmen Calatayud:
stay tuned for a photo of her reading)
Emma Trelles, Kim Roberts, NikiHerd,
Francisco Aragón, Sarah Browning,
Melissa Tuckey, Carmen Calatayud.
Emma and Carmen
Dan Vera, who graciously hosted
Emma for the weekend.
Emma holding the Washington monument.
And finally, for good measure, listen to Emma Trelles
on The Poet and the Poem, from the Library of Congress,
hosted by Grace Cavalieri, which was taped
on Monday, March 19.
And Emma is not through:
on April 16 she will be joined
by Silvia Curbelo,
the judge who selected her manuscript
as the winner of the 4th edition
of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize,
for a joint reading and oral history interviews
at the University of Notre Dame.