Troubadour Jaufre Rudel is the direct ancestor of these texts, which took centuries to write. Breath is inherent to lyric which can never be finished. Breath is inspiration, the spirit that instills, and comes from as far in time and space as Pasargadae. Take a deep breath: hold it, not for one but two volumes! Elegies and laments, memory and half-erased recollections, depths and mysteries never to be explained, like the evening grasses where brother lost a finger. Not language but its nemesis--ordered chaos, not poetry but the inchoate origin of sound. These texts bring us to the still-birth of Light.
Mexican American poet Iván Argüelles, an octogenarian now whose life has sprawled from Mexico City DF, to Los Angeles and Minnesota, from Chicago to New York and Italy and finally to Berkeley where he resides as a retired librarian, is the author of many poetry publications, among them: The Invention of Spain, Madonna Septet (2 vols.); Comedy , Divine , The; The Death of Stalin; FIAT LUX and most recently the 2 vol. The Unfinished Breath. His 1989 publication, Looking For Mary Lou won the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. He has also received awards from the Before Columbus foundation. Often classified as a surrealist, his poetry transcends that definition. Iván Argüelles is the winner of the William Carlos Williams Award and the American Book Award.
This event is made possible by support from the City Lights Foundation. To learn more visit: https://citylights.com/
As part of Litcrawl SF 2020, Somos en escrito presents three poets and storytellers featured in Somos en escrito that mix the personal and political and exhibit the best in Latina/o/x writing. Featuring Lucha Corpi, Ivan Argüelles and Fernando Andres Torres. Saturday, October 24, 2020 6:15 - 6:45 p.m. PDT
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Ivan Argüelles is a Mexican-American innovative poet whose work moves from early Beat and surrealist-influenced forms to later epic-length poems. He received the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams Award in 1989 as well as the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award in 2010. In 2013, Argüelles received the Before Columbus Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award. For Argüelles the turning point came with his discovery of the poetry of Philip Lamantia. Argüelles writes, "Lamantia's mad, Beat-tinged American idiom surrealism had a very strong impact on me. Both intellectual and uninhibited, this was the dose for me." While Argüelles's early writings were rooted in neo-Beat bohemianism, surrealism, and Chicano culture, in the nineties he developed longer, epic-length forms rooted in Pound's Cantos and Joyce's Finnegans Wake. He eventually returned, after the first decade of the new millennium, to shorter, often elegiac works exemplary of Romantic Modernism. Ars Poetica is a sequence of exquisitely-honed short poems that range widely, though many mourn the death of the poet's celebrated brother, José.
Lucha Corpi, an internationally recognized poet, novelist and children's book writer, is the author of the Gloria Damasco Mystery series, which includes Eulogy for a Brown Angel (1992), Cactus Blood (1995), and Death at Solstice (2009). Her first poetry collection, Palabras de mediodía/Noon Words, was reissued by Arte Público Press in 2001. The recipient of numerous awards and citations, she taught in the Oakland Public Schools Neighborhood Centers Program for more than 30 years.
Fernando Andres Torres is a short-story writer, poet, and musician. A graduate journalist of San Francisco State University, he contributes to various Bay Area media. He is associate editor and U.S. correspondent for the web magazine Dilemas.cl. and editor of the blog LatinOpen.wordpress.com. Under the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, Torres joined the Chilean resistance and in 1975 was arrested by the regime's secret police. In prison, he recited poetry and hand-wrote messages with quotes about optimism and hope to pass among fellow prisoners. Torres is a member of the ExposeFacts Advisory Board, member of the Review Panel of the Intrepid News Fund. As a composer and musician, he has worked with various groups of Latin American music and shared the stage with American artists like Pete Seeger and Holly Near.
Saturday, October 19 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm Beauty Bar, San Francisco
Somos en escrito will host an event at Litcrawl San Francisco with writers featured on Somos en escrito will perform. That includes Maria Nieto, Michelle Marie Robles Wallace, Jesús Mena, Carlota Caulfield, and our own editor, Armando Rendón. Our assistant editor, Scott Russell Duncan (AKA Scott Duncan-Fernandez) will moderate.
Come to the Beauty Bar in San Francisco (2299 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA) and enjoy a thought provoking and inspiring evening (and even chat with the authors or Somos en escrito staff).
Michelle Marie Robles Wallace Michelle Marie Robles Wallace is working on a collection of stories set along the borderlands, a memoir and a YA novel. She has is particularly interested in themes of healing and borders. Read Michelle's "Death Eye Dog" which was a finalist for the 2018 Extra Fiction Contest.
Jesús Mena Jesús Mena is the son of undocumented immigrants whose stories focus on life along the border. He grew up as a migrant farmworker. Read Jesús's "Life Along the Border" on Somos en escrito.
Carlota Caulfield Carlota Caulfield is a Cuban-born American poet, editor, translator, and author of nine poetry collections. She is a professor at Mills College. Read Carlota's "Two Poems/Dos Poemas" on Somos en escrito.
Armando Rendón Armando Rendón is the author of Chicano Manifesto, Up to Earth, an eco-poetry chapbook and five award-winning books. He is the editor of Somos en escrito. Check out Armando's "The Chicano of the Americas", part of the Cuernavaca Papers on Somos en escrito.