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Event: “Review 91: A Year in Review, Fall 2015”, to be held at the Americas Society in NYC on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 7pm

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Event: Review 91: A Year in Review, Fall 2015 to be held at the Americas Society (of which Interlitq is a Collaborating Institution) in NYC on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 7pm.

Admission: Free for Americas Society Members; $10 for non-members. Not yet an AS member? Join now!

This launch of Review 91, marking the 47th year of publication of the Society’s flagship journal, will feature comments by editor Daniel Shapiro; bilingual readings and presentations by authors Eduardo Chirinos (Peru), Luisa Futoransky (Argentina), Julio Olaciregui (Colombia); translators Gary Racz, Philippa Page, and Jason Weiss; and artist Lydia Rubio. The issue showcases modern and contemporary literature and arts from the Caribbean and Latin America. Copies will be available for sale. In collaboration with Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, which publishes Review on behalf of the Americas Society.

This event will be held in English with bilingual readings.

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Review 91 (Fall 2015; A Year in Review) features historical texts on iconic writers whose oeuvres Review has followed through the years; showcases contemporary writers representing younger generations and various aesthetics, and pieces on the visual and performing arts in the Americas; and presents a substantial selection of reviews of creative titles in translation as well as of scholarly publications, another mainstay of Review since its founding in 1968. This issue also features contents drawn from Americas Society Literature programming. The diverse contents of Review 91 include a text by Alfred Mac Adam celebrating the centenary of the great Boom writer Julio Cortázar; a memorial piece by poet Pura López Colomé about her association with late translator Alastair Reid; texts on Mexican author Sergio Pitol by Juan Villoro and Rafael Lemus, respectively; an excerpt from Argentine author Silvina Ocampo’s posthumous novel La promesa; poetry by Aimé Césaire; and fiction and poetry by contemporary writers Eduardo Chirinos, Luisa Futoransky, Lorna Goodison, and Julio Olaciregui; as well as reprints of classic material by iconoclastic poet Nicolás Guillén and others. The issue also includes public conversations with novelist Esmeralda Santiago and with authors Carmen Boullosa, Rolando Hinojosa, and Nicolás Kanellos that took place at the Society last fall. We’re pleased to present the dynamic images of Cuban-American artist Lydia Rubio, introduced by critic Enrico Santí. Finally, Review 91 compiles reviews of new publications in English and English translation.


Eduardo Chirinos (Lima, 1960) is professor of modern and classical languages and literatures at the University of Montana-Missoula and the author of some twenty books of poetry. His five titles translated by G. J. Racz include: Thirty-Five Zoology Lessons (and Other Didactic Poems) (2015), While the Wolf Is Around (2014), and The Smoke of Distant Fires (2012). His latest collection, Still Life with Flies, is forthcoming.

Luisa Futoransky (b. 1939, Buenos Aires) has published twenty collections of poetry, five novels, and several nonfiction books. Recent books include Pintura rupestre(2014), poems, and 23.53 Noveleta (2013); and The Duration of the Voyage (1997) presented her selected poems in English translation. Retired from the Spanish section of the Agence France Presse, she has lived in Paris since 1981 after a decade in Rome, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, and Beijing. She is the recipient of many awards and honors, and her work has been translated throughout the world.

Julio Olaciregui (b. 1951, Barranquilla, Colombia) has lived in Paris since 1978 and published many books, most recently: Vida cotidiana en tiempos de García Márquez(2015), and the story collections La segunda vida del Negro Adán (2014) and Una mano en la oscuridad (2013). Besides fiction, he has also written plays, poetry, and film scripts; was long involved with African dance troupes in Paris and produced a couple of music recordings in Senegal; helped raise a French family, with one grandchild already; and recently retired after decades as a journalist in the Spanish section of the Agence France Presse.

Philippa Page is assistant professor in Spanish and film at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, where she lectures on contemporary Latin American culture, international film, and translation studies.

G. J. Racz is professor of foreign languages and literature at LIU Brooklyn, review editor for Translation Review, and past president of the American Literary Translators Association.

Lydia Rubio (b. Havana) is an American multi-disciplinary artist who has had over two dozen solo shows, including at the NSU Art Museum in Ft. Lauderdale and the Bronx Museum. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of numerous universities and private collectors, and as public art commissions at Raleigh-Durham International Airport and The Women’s Park in Miami.

Jason Weiss has translated Luisa Futoransky’s The Duration of the Voyage: Selected Poems (1997) and, most recently, Silvina Ocampo (selected poems, 2015). He has also published The Lights of Home: A Century of Latin American Writers in Paris(2003), among other work, and his latest book is Cloud Therapy (2015), reflections on swimming.

Event: “Launch of Daniel Alarcón’s City of Clowns”, to be held at the Americas Society in NYC on Thursday, November 5th, 2015 at 7pm

Daniel Alarcón (© Adrian Kinloch, courtesy of Penguin USA.)

Daniel Alarcón (© Adrian Kinloch, courtesy of Penguin USA.)

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Event: “Launch of Daniel Alarcón’s City of Clowns”, to be held at the Americas Society (of which Interlitq is a Collaborating Institution) in NYC on Thursday, November 5th, 2015 at 7pm.

Admission: Free for Americas Society Members; $10 for non-members. Not yet an AS member? Join now!

Join us for a conversation with acclaimed Peruvian-American novelist Daniel Alarcón, who will be interviewed by Mexican author Valeria Luiselli (The Story of My Teeth), on the occasion of the publication of Alarcón’s new graphic novel, City of Clowns( Riverhead Books), which originally appeared in The New Yorker.  Alarcón is also the executive producer of Radio Ambulante. This event is in collaboration with Riverhead Books. In English.

Event Information: Department of Literature | literature@as-coa.org | 212-277-8353
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Daniel Alarcón (b. 1977, Lima, Peru) is the author of the short-story collection War by Candlelight (2005), which was a finalist for the 2006 PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award; and the novels Lost City Radio (2007), winner of the 2009 International Literature Award, and At Night We Walk in Circles (2013). His writing has appeared inGranta, n+1, and Harper’s, and he has been named one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40.” Executive producer of Radio Ambulante, a Spanish-language storytelling podcast, Alarcón lives in New York and teaches at Columbia University. His latest publication, the graphic novel City of Clowns, illustrated by Sheila Alvardo (adapted from a short story in his War by Candelight), goes on sale the first week of November; it will be launched at this event.

Valeria Luiselli (b. 1983, Mexico City) grew up in South Africa. A novelist (Faces in the Crowd, 2014) and essayist (Sidewalks, 2014), her work has been translated into many languages and has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Granta, and McSweeney’s. In 2014, Faces in the Crowd was the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award. Her forthcoming novel, The Story of My Teeth, will be available from Coffee House Press in Fall 2015. She lives in New York.

Praise for War by Candelight:
“. . . a thrillingly fiery debut, fierce but wrought with impressive care.”—PEN-Hemingway Award Citation

“One of the most exciting and ambitious writers to emerge in recent years.”—Colm Toibin

“Every once in a while a young voice emerges with the potential to define a new generation. Daniel Alarcón fits the profile.”—Publishers Weekly

Praise for At Night We Walk in Circle:
“Wise and engaging . . . [a] layered, gorgeously nuanced work.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Consistently compelling . . . Alarcón’s smoothly polished prose [is] flecked with wit and surprisingly epigraphic phrases . . . with lines that knock the wind out of you.”—The Washington Post

“Outstanding . . . a work that creates a multilayered world and invites you to enter it.”—Los Angeles Times

Event: “An Evening with Richard Blanco”, to be held at the Americas Society in NYC on Friday, October 30, 2015 at 7pm

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Event: “An Evening with Richard Blanco”, to be held at the Americas Society (of which Interlitq is a Collaborating Institution) in NYC on Friday, October 30, 2015 at 7pm.

Admission: Free for Americas Society Members; $10 for non-members. Not yet an AS member? Join now!

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Celebrated Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco will discuss his critically acclaimed memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos (Ecco Press). Blanco was the youngest poet ever to read at a presidential inauguration when he read for President Obama in January 2013, as well as the first Latino, the first immigrant, and the first openly gay poet to be awarded that commission. With the Cuban Cultural Center of New York and Ecco Press.

This event will be held in English.

Event Information: Department of Literature | literature@as-coa.org | 212-277-8353
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | alarotta@as-coa.org | 212-277-8384


Richard Blanco (b. 1968, Madrid) emigrated from Spain as an infant with his Cuban-exile family to Miami, where he was raised and educated. An accomplished author, engineer, and educator, Blanco is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and has received honorary doctorates from prestigious institutions. In 2013, Blanco was chosen as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, becoming the youngest, first Latino and first gay writer to hold the honor. His prize-winning books of poems and prose include City of a Hundred Fires (1997), Directions to the Beach of the Dead (2005), Looking for the Gulf Motel (2012), For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey (2013), andThe Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood (2014). Blanco was most recently honored as featured speaker at the historic reopening of the U.S. embassy in Havana on August 14, 2015, where he read ‘Matters of the Sea,’ a poem written for the occasion. For more information about the poet, visit Richard-blanco.com.

Praise for The Prince of Los Cocuyos
“In this vibrant memoir, . . . Richard Blanco tenderly, exhilaratingly chronicles his Miami childhood . . . as well as his quest to find his artistic voice and the courage to accept himself as a gay man.”—O, The Oprah Magazine

“. . . equal parts touching, heart-ache-inducing, and laugh-out-loud funny.”—The Daily Beast

“A warm, emotionally intimate memoir.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Blanco has a natural, unforced style that allows his characters’ vibrancy and humor to shine through.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Filled with colorful characters, often poignant and sometimes melancholy, Blanco’s episodic memoir is a meditation on belonging, on self-acceptance, and on his family’s almost mystical connection to Cuba.”—Booklist

Event: “Launch of AITENSO Theater Conference”, to be held at the Americas Society in NYC on Monday, October 20, 2015 at 6pm

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Event: “Launch of AITENSO Theater Conference”, to be held at the Americas Society (of which Interlitq is a Collaborating Institution) in NYC on Monday, October 20, 2015 at 6pm.

Admission: Free for Americas Society Members; $10 for non-members. Not yet an AS member? Join now!
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Dr. Ysla Campbell, from the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez, will deliver the inaugural address in this launch of the XVII Conference of the Asociación Internacional de Teatro Español y Novohispano de los Siglos de Oro (AITENSO). Campbell’s address is titled “La monetarización de la vida cotidiana en la obra dramática de Juan Ruiz de Alarcón.” The theme of this year’s conference is “Hispanic Classical Theater and its Cultures: From the Early Modern Period to the Twenty-first Century.” The launch, in Spanish, will take place at the Americas Society; the conference, which will also be conducted in Spanish, will be held at Queens College October 20-23.

For the complete XVII AITENSO Conference schedule (in Spanish), click here.

With the collaboration of Queens College/CUNY; California State University, Fullerton; The City College of New York/CUNY; CUNY Graduate Center; Franklin and Marshall College; The Hispanic Society of America; Instituto Cervantes New York; Messiah College; Rice University; Sarah Lawrence College; Syracuse University; SUNY Cortland; SUNY Nassau Community College; University of South Dakota.

Event Information: Department of Literature | literature@as-coa.org | 212-277-8353
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | alarotta@as-coa.org | 212-277-8384

AITENSO, translated in English as the International Association of Spanish and Latin American Golden Age Theatre, is an academic organization that brings together researchers from all over the world with the aim of promoting and disseminating rigorous scholarly studies about Spanish and Latin American theater, primarily from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.


Ysla Campbell, who was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, received her doctorate in Spanish American literature from the Colegio de México. She is founding president of the Asociación Internacional de Teatro Español y Novohispano at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez (UACJ) and served in that capacity for eight years, in addition to coordinating the Compañía de Teatro Clásico de la UACJ for productions of works by Lope de Vega, Ruiz de Alarcón, and Calderón de la Barca. She has published numerous books amd essays on Guillermo Prieto, Francisco Portes, María Grazia Profeti, Tirso de Molina, and others. Campbell is director of the Obras dramáticas completas de Juan Ruiz de Alarcón. She organizes the biannual Coloquio Internacional Juan Ruiz de Alarcón at the UACJ. She has published numerous articles in international journals on Golden Age theater, the Picaresque novel, and Chihuahuan literature.

 

Event: “The Americas Poetry Festival: Seven Latin American Poets”, to be held at the Americas Society on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 7pm

TAPFNY 2014, Walt Whitman Birthplace. (Courtesy of TAPFNY.)

TAPFNY 2014, Walt Whitman Birthplace. (Courtesy of TAPFNY.)

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Event: “The Americas Poetry Festival: Seven Latin American Poets”, to be held at the Americas Society (of which Interlitq is a Collaborating Institution) in NYC on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 7pm.

Admission: Free for Americas Society Members; $10 for non-members. Not yet a member? Join now!

Join us for a dynamic reading in The Americas Poetry Festival of New York (TAPFNY) featuring poets Gabriel Chávez Casazola (Bolivia), Siomara España Muñoz (Ecuador), Roberto Fernández-Iglesias (Panama/Mexico), Paulo Ferraz (Brazil), Etnairis Ribera (Puerto Rico), Juan Armando Rojas Joo (Mexico), and Carlos Velásquez (Colombia). TAPFNY is a multilingual poetry festival and writers’ conference organized by poets Carlos Aguasaco and Yrene Santos, and sponsored by the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies of The City College of New York/CUNY, Artepoetica Press, and Escribana Books.

The 2015 Festival, which will honor the memory of poet William Beltrán (aka William Akcoo, 1973-2011), will take place on October 14, 15, and 16 at the Center For Worker Education CCNY, the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center, the Consulate of Argentina in New York, the Americas Society, and Instituto Cervantes NY.

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Gabriel Chavez Casazola (Bolivia, 1972) is a poet and journalist who is considered an essential voice in modern Bolivian and Latin American poetry. He has published several books of poetry including Lugar Común/Common Place (1999), Escalera de mano/Stepladder (2003), El agua iluminada/Illuminated Water (2010), and La mañana se llenará de jardineros  / The Morning will Bring out the Gardeners (2013; 2014). His work has been anthologized in Bolivia as well as in Argentina, Colombia, and Ecuador.

Siomara España (Ecuador, 1976) is an award-winning poet whose collections includeConcupiscenciaDe cara al fuego Contraluz, El regreso de Lolita, and Construcción de los sombreros encarnados, música para una muerte inversa. Her work has been widely translated and published internationally. España is an instructor of literature, aesthetics, and literary criticism at the University of Guayaquil. She also serves as cultural editor of the newspaper El Emigrante and department director of the Casa de la Cultura Guayaquil.

Roberto Fernández-Iglesias (Mexican; b. Panama,1941) is the author of the poetry collections El gran desnudo y primer placerDieciocho narraciones breves, Celebrar la palabra, Retrato parcial, Furiosa sustancia, and Poemas juntos y revueltos. HisCanciones retorcidas, resorte y otras formas came out from Arte Poética Press in 2015. Fernández-Iglesias studied and taught at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) among other institutions. He edited the magazine tunAstral andParticipation-Poetry as well as coordinated the Abra Palabra anthology and the Pablo Neruda Workshop under the auspices of the Mexican government.

Paulo Ferraz (Brazil, 1974) is a poet, publisher and translator. He holds an MA in Brazilian literature from the University of São Paulo. His books of poems areConstatação do óbvio (1999), Evidências pedestres (2007) and De novo nada (2007). The last was later adapted to the theater and subsequently published in Spanish in Mexico, and Ecuador. Ferraz has edited the poetry journal Sebastião and the anthology Roteiro da poesia brasileira: anos 90. He has translated poetry from Spanish, Catalan, and Russian and has read his work widely.

Etnairis Ribera (Puerto Rico) has published various poetry collections, among themA(MAR)ES, Ariadne of the Water, Memoirs of a Poem and its Apple, and The Voyage of the Kisses. She is professor of Hispanic literature at the University of Puerto Rico. She is a founding member of the International Poetry Festival of Puerto Rico and editor of Dawning, Anthology in Homage of Julia de Burgos Centennial. Ribera received the 2008 Great Literature Award for Lifetime Creative Excellence from PEN International-Puerto Rico. Her work has been widely translated.

Juan Armando Rojas Joo (Mexico) is a transborder poet, prose-writer, and essayist whose books include Luz/Light (2013), Vertebral River/Río vertebral (2009),Ceremonial of Wind/Ceremonial de viento (2006), Santuarios desierto mar (2004), and Lluvia de lunas (1999). He has co-edited the anthologies Sangre mía/Blood of Mine: Poetry of Border Violence, Gender, and Identity in Ciudad Juárez (2013), andCanto a una ciudad en el desierto (2004), poetic denouncements against feminicide. In Spring 2011 he was resident poet at the Universade de Coimbra. Rojas holds a PhD from the University of Arizona, has served as a Mellon Fellow at Amherst College, and now teaches at Ohio Wesleyan University, where he chairs the Department of Modern Foreign Languages.

Carlos Velásquez (Colombia, 1969) is a poet, translator, musician, and scholar. He earned a PhD in film and literature at the University of Arizona and is now a visiting assistant professor at New Mexico Highlands University. Velásquez has published two poetry collections, Versos del insilio (1999) and Es de tontos el regreso (2004). This year Artepoética Press will release his translation of Seamus Scanlon’s As Close as You’ll Ever Be. His study Pliegues cinematográficos. La función barroca en el cine hispanoamericano contemporáneo will be published by Escribana Books in 2016.

In Memoriam:
William Beltrán (aka William Akcoo) was born in Bogotá in 1973 and passed away in 2011. He received a BA in art from the National University of Colombia and a master’s in aesthetics at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He pursued doctoral studies both at the Universidad Complutense and the Institut für Philosophie of the University of Bremen, Germany. He was a specialist in the philosophy of Nietzsche and a member of the Spanish Association of Nitzchean Studies. His published poetry collections are Por Ultratumba y de los Poemas Cansados (1993), Versos para el Inculpado (1999), and La tiniebla de la culpa (2008).