Stalina will be projecting images in concert with her poetry and setting the experimental, bilingual ambience. And Rosebud, in town from New York City, will be reading from her beautiful poems from her just-published book Solecism. Local journalist and activist Liana Lopez will join us at the event and make comments following the reading about the important work of Nuestra Palabra and Librotraficante. There will be a Q&A as always. There will be beer and wine and snacks. Feel free to bring more to share as well.
Some more info:
Who is Rosebud?
Born to a Mexican mother and Jewish father, Rosebud Ben-Oni graduated from New York University. At the University of Michigan, she earned a Master of the Fine Arts in Poetry. A graduate of the 2010 Women's Work Lab, she is a playwright at New Perspectives Theater, and also at work on a new play MIDNIGHT IN MATAMOROS with Bob Teague of Truant Arts; it will feature music by Carlton Zeus. Her plays have been produced in New York City, Washington DC and Toronto. Her influences come from spaces that demand constant adaptation: U.S.-Mexican border towns, East and West Jerusalem and "7 Train Culture" of New York City. Rosebud is a co-editor for HER KIND at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, her debut book of poems SOLECISM was published by Virtual Artists Collective in early 2013. Rosebud lives and works in New York City, though she has Texas roots. More info at http://rosebudbenoni.com/
Who is Stalina?
Stalina Emmanuelle Villarreal is a Mexican and Chicana poet, a translator, and an instructor of English. The book (H)emötoma by Minerva Reynosa has been the main focus of her translations, for which she attended World to World, Mundo a Mundo in 2009 to workshop poems from the book. She is also the translator of “Grace Shot,” by Luis Alberto Arellano in Sèrie Alfa: Artiliteratura, “Eight Fabulous Animals” by Ilan Stavans in Eleven Eleven, and nine poems by Minerva Reynosa in the latest Mandorla. She has an MFA in Writing from the California College of the Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Stalina lives and works here in Houston.
This event is co-sponsored by Nuestra Palabra.
What is this series?
(A note from John Pluecker)
Over the last year, I've been experimenting with creating spaces for innovative, interdisciplinary & experimental writers to read to Houston publics. Usually these events feature writers from out-of-town, often in conjunction with locally-based folk. Often on the back patio of the amazing Kaboom Books. Sometimes in conjunction with local organizations like Art League, Project Row Houses, Fotofest and more. For those who are keeping track, previous events have included:
May 2012: Let the Ponies Have Plenty of Room
June 2012: Jen Hofer & Javier Huerta
August 2012: Janice Lee & Anna Joy Springer
September 2012: TC Tolbert & Boston Davis Bostian
November 2012: Douglas Kearney
January 2013: Marco Antonio Huerta, Minerva Reynosa, Sara Uribe, and Lupe Méndez
(Note to the note: This series (if series is the best word for this) is still unnamed. Not sure what exactly this beast is, much less what it should be called. I'm open to suggestions.)