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La Palabra, hosted by Angelina Saenz

October 28, 2018 at Ave 50 Studios


Please join us to welcome the powerful features Bridgette Bianca, Ángel García, Sara Borjas and Michael A. Reyes. Open mic to follow!

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Teeth Never Sleep Los Angeles Book Launch

October 27, 2019 at Civic Center Studios in Downtown Los Angeles

Join us for the official book launch of Teeth Never Sleep, Winner of the 2018 CantoMundo Prize by Ángel García. Guest readers will include Leticia Hernandez, F. Douglas Brown, Joseph Rios, and Sara Borjas. Sara Borjas will host. Copies of Teeth Never Sleep will be signed and sold. Doors open at 7:00pm. Readings begin at 7:30pm. Full bar and music throughout the night.


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AWP Panel: Against Witness: Developing Accountability & Participation in Poetry

March 2019 in Portland, Oregon

Panelist alongside F. Douglas Brown, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Julia Bouwsma & Mia Malhotra

Definitions of “poetry of witness” are shifting as poets seek to defy the inherent passivity of the term “witness.” Increasingly, poets are interrogating the safety afforded by time and distance, engaging legacies of trauma, including those they have inherited or been proxy to, in order to confront the past and their own participation. Four poets discuss and confront the methods we use to bridge the selectivity and compartmentalization of human memory in poetry. To “witness” is no longer enough.


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AWP Panel: The Ice Worker Still Sings: 20th anniversary of a classic text

March 2019 in Portland, Oregon

Panelist alongside Steven Sanchez, Paul Lopez, Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes & Sarah A. Chavez

Of Andrés Montoya’s book, noted poet-critic Rigoberto González wrote, in 2008: “[I]n this generation, the ice worker sings should be known as the finest book of poetry to come out of our community.” 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of this classic text, winner of an American Book Award after the poet’s death, and recently re-issued. Five published Latinx poets, none of whom knew Montoya personally, discuss what this seminal book of poetry has meant to their work and their artistic sensibilities.