Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"PINTURA : PALABRA, a project in ekphrasis": the next phase

Exhibit with Poet
(photo credit: Francisco Aragón)
February 12, 2014
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Washington, D.C.

The exhibit in question: "Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art." The poet: Brenda Cárdenas. She arrived yesterday to spend a few days with the art before diving into the activities slated for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday--the next phase of "PINTURA : PALABRA, a project in ekphrasis." 

Cárdenas will be joined by Valerie Martínez on Friday morning (weather permitting) to do an audio recording for the Library of Congress's Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape. One of the most meaningful collaborations for Letras Latinas these past couple of years has been partnering with the LOC's Hispanic Division to bolster this audio archive. (Thus far, Letras Latinas has facilitated recordings with: Carmen Giménez Smith, Eduardo C. Corral, Maria Melendez, Fred Arroyo, and Richard Blanco.) 

On Friday afternoon at 2 PM, Brenda and Valerie will presenting a colloquium, with slides, on ekphrastic poetry. On Friday evening at 6:30 PM, Letras Latinas and Cultural DC will be hosting a reception to welcome the participants of the inaugural PINTURA : PALABRA workshop, designed and led by Brenda and Valerie. They are:

Elizabeth Acevedo
Carmen Calatayud
John Chávez
Samuel Miranda
Juan J. Morales
Yvette Neisser Moreno
Carlos Parada Ayala
Maritza Rivera
Emma Trelles
Dan Vera

Session 1 will take place at the museum on Saturday from 1 to 4 PM. Session 2 will take place at the museum from 12 noon to 3 PM.

The weekend will wind down at Busboys and Poets, where we will be hosted by the "Sunday Kind of Love" reading series, where all 12 poets will share a bit of their work with the public.


Letras Latinas programming in Washington, D.C.
is made possible, in part, 
by the generosity of the Weissberg Foundation

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