Coming Sunday, September 19, 2010
In conjunction with the Avenue 50 Studio
An Afternoon Of Strong Latina Poets
Raquel Delgado Ruiz
Sunday, September 19, 2010 from 2-4 pm
Avenue 50 Studio
131 North Avenue 50
Highland Park, CA 90042
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Luivette Resto was born in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, but proudly raised in the Bronx. She received her BA in English Literature with a concentration in Latino Studies from Cornell University in 1999. In 2003, she completed her MFA in Creative Writing with a focus on poetry at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her first book of poetry Unfinished Portrait was published in 2008 by Tia Chucha Press. Her book was named a finalist for the 2009 Paterson Poetry Prize. Currently, she lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, José and their three children. Resto is an adjunct professor at Citrus College where she teaches English Literature and composition writing.
Alicia Partnoy is a survivor from the secret detention camps where about 30,000 Argentineans “disappeared.” She is the author of The Little School. Tales of Disappearance and Survival, and of the bilingual poetry collections Little Low Flying and Revenge of the Apple. Partnoy edited You Can’t Drown the Fire: Latin American Women Writing in Exile, and from 2003 to 2006, she was the co-editor of Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social. A former Vice-Chair of Amnesty International, Partnoy is an associate professor and former Chair of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department at Loyola Marymount University. Partnoy presides over Proyecto VOS-Voices of Survivors, an organization that brings survivors of state-sponsored violence to lecture at U.S. universities. Her work has been published in many anthologies and journals.
Ana Reyes was born at home, in what once was a Texas brothel. She has favored cowboy boots ever since. Her work has been described as "life raft poetry," which she takes as a compliment. She resides in Los Angeles and was recently featured on the World Wide Word Radio Network.
Raquel Delgado Ruiz was born in Barcelona in 1979. She has a degree in Hispanic Philology. In 2001 she started a research as a linguist on Spanglish and then she discovered chicano poetry. She decided to focus her research on chicanos culture, history, literature and art. In 2005 she participated in El Congreso de Jóvenes Lingüistas in Valencia with her lecture Spanglish: ¿Lengua o Aberración? , published in Interlingüística 15. Edit. Asociación Jóvenes Lingüistas (Ajl), Valencia, 2005. The same year she became member in the editorial board of the literary review Paralelo Sur. In 2006 Paralelo Sur published its number 3 dedicated to chicano literature. Two of her poems were published: Miedo a morir en el olvido, a poem that defends Spanglish as a symbol of identity, and Desearía perder el juicio. She worked in the organization of the first conference on chicanos in Casa Amèrica de Catalunya, with the participation of Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Luis Valdez, Norma Elia Cantú, María Herrera-Sobek, Santiago Vaquera, where she presented her lecture En Busca de un Aztlán. In 2008 she participated in the organization of the Second Conference on Chicanos in Casa Amèrica with the guests Rolando Hinojosa, Norma Elia Cantú, Santiago Vaquera, Paul Espinosa, Marta Sánchez, Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Roberto Sifuentes de La Pocha Nostra, Ilán Stavans, Tino Villanueva. She presented the lecture La conciencia fronteriza en el nuevo arte chicano. After this conference she decided to take a workshop with La Pocha Nostra. It was her first experience with Performance Art, but from that moment on she has been working on it presenting her first work Post-Colonial Malinches: Tongues of Fire in 2009 in El Mundo Zurdo: The First International Conference on Gloria Anzaldúa in the University of Texas at San Antonio, and in the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival in Chicago. It is a performance where she explores her own identity reinventing it through a ritual of chicanización to become Pocha Catalana, the way she defines herself. The same year she worked in her performance Pulsiones a photo-poetic performance about fear and desire in human beings. Actually she is presenting her performance Entrails' Wail, a denunciation of the women killed in Ciudad Juárez, México. As a poet, she remembers herself always with a notebook and a pen in her hands. When she was eighteen to write became a need, and since then she has been writing what she calls her relevant paranoids, poems about all those things that hang out around her mind. She has two series of poems, the first one is called Diario de un Absurdo, a serie of poems that navigate in loneliness, depression, love, and sex, focused in the female psyche, with an erotic feminist speech. The second serie is called En Busca de un Aztlán, as one of her lectures. In this serie she explores her own identity being from Barcelona but feeling herself chicana.
Frankie Salinas loves writing. Her work has been published and she has performed all over the country. She is currently completing her manuscript entitled The Other Side of Pretty. By day she works at Warner Bros. and by night she writes, produces and blogs at:
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