Resistencia Feminista: Contemporary Mexican Poetry
Oct 10, 2020, 3:00 pm
Red Poppy and Utah Humanities are excited to host a powerful afternoon featuring five female Mexican poets spanning several generations.
Register online now to get the link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrdeihqTktG9K9LtYMbws5zmAUD_ZLbxhm
“What does resistance mean to you in your experience of our current moment? What do you see as the role of poetry within Mexico’s current social movements?”
In what promises to be a stimulating dialogue, the poets will respond to these questions while also reading their celebrated verse.
This event is part the launch of a groundbreaking new anthology, Resistencia: Poems of Protest and Revolution, from Tin House. As Julia Alvarez writes in her poignant introduction, “To read these poems is to be reminded again and again of our true allegiance to each other.”
This extraordinary collection is rooted in a strong tradition of protest poetry and voiced by icons of the movement and some of the most exciting writers today.
One of those icons, Kyra Galvan, will be with us this afternoon, virtually from Mexico City. The poets will also be reading the great Rosario Castellanos, another poet in the anthology, talking about what her legacy has meant to their development and writing today.
The other featured poets include:
Xel-Ha López Méndez, Guadalajara
Zel Cabrera, Mexico City
Facilitated by Violeta Orozco (Vio Letra) and TBA
Bios and pics coming shortly.
The event will be in English, with bilingual readings of the poetry.
The anthology will be released on September 15. For more information and to pre-order it now, please visit www.redpoppy.net
The poets of Resistencia explore feminist, queer, Indigenous, and ecological themes alongside historically prominent protests against imperialism, dictatorships, and economic inequality. Within this momentous collection, poets representing every Latin American country grapple with identity, place, and belonging, resisting easy definitions to render a nuanced and complex portrait of language in rebellion.
Included in English translation alongside their original language, the fifty-four poems in Resistencia are a testament to the art of translation as much as the act of resistance. Urgent, timely, and absolutely essential, these poems inspire us all to embrace our most fearless selves and unite against all forms of tyranny and oppression.
Praise for Resistencia:
“Resistencia could not be more timely. It is a stunning collection of revelations and witness. . . . Indispensable.”
-Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels
"A groundbreaking collection of works by over 50 poets, Resistencia is alive with bravery, feminism, strength, agency, protest, power and hope."
– Ms. Magazine
“I read Resistencia in one sitting, rather breathlessly... The poems do not soothe but shake us awake, and they call on us to do what they have done: to witness, to listen, to not only speak but sing.”
- Maggie Smith, author of Good Bones
"Even surrounded in death and destruction, there is a vibrancy in the lines. There is joy. There is living. Beauty’s put forward bravely.”
- David Thomas Martinez
“Reading these poems, I felt as if this brilliant chorus of writers, living and departed, was delivering a call to action: ‘We have been here all along, fighting. Won’t you join us?’”
- Frances de Pontes Peebles, author of The Air You Breathe
Please support this project, support these poets, support your soul by pre-ordering the book today: www.redpoppy.net, or wherever books are sold. En México, el libro está actualmente disponible en www.amazon.com.mx
And please join us for this impactful afternoon, Saturday, October 10th.
This event is made possible with support from Red Poppy, Artes de Mexico en Utah, and Utah Humanities.
Zoom Conference Call
202 W 300 N
Salt Lake City , UT 84103-1108