The Transnational American Studies Working Group and the Xican@ Culture Working Group present a reading and conversation with
Barbara Jane Reyes
Javier O. Huerta
Friday, April 2
Barbara Christian Room, 554 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley
ARTURO DÁVILA is assistant professor of Spanish and Mexican-Latin American Studies at Laney College, Oakland and a visiting professor at UC Berkeley, where he received his PhD in Romance Languages and Literature. His focus is on Colonial Literature (indigenous visions of the Conquest of Mexico) and contemporary Latin American and Chicano Literature. His books have been awarded three international prizes: La ciudad dormida (Premio “Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz”, México, 1995); Catulinarias (Premio “Antonio Machado”, España, 1998), y Poemas para ser leídos en el metro (Premio “Juan Ramón Jiménez”, España, 2003). He has also published book reviews and essays for the Mexican magazines Nexos, Siempre and Diva and scholarly essays for Explicación de Textos Literarios (California State University) and Revista de Crítica Literaria (Hanover-Lima), among others. Currently he is conducting research on precolumbian codices and is writing a book on the importance of Chicano poetry in Latin American literature.
BARBARA JANE REYES was born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her BA in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and her MFA at San Francisco State University. She is the author of Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books, 2003) and Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005), which received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets. Her third book, entitled Diwata, is forthcoming from BOA Editions, Ltd. in September 2010. Her chapbooks, Easter Sunday (2008), Cherry (2008), and West Oakland Sutra for the AK-47 Shooter at 3:00 AM and other Oakland Poems (2008) are published by Ypolita Press, Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, and Deep Oakland Editions, respectively. Her poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in Latino Poetry Review, New American Writing, North American Review, Notre Dame Review, XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics, among others. She has taught Creative Writing at Mills College, and Philippine Studies at University of San Francisco. She lives with her husband, poet Oscar Bermeo, in Oakland.
JAVIER O. HUERTA was born in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, and raised in Houston, Texas. He received an MFA from the Bilingual Creative Writing Program at UT El Paso and is currently a doctoral candidate in the English Department at UC Berkeley. He is the author of Some Clarifications y otros poemas (Arte Publico Press, 2007), which received the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize from UC Irvine, and Almost as Beautiful as An Immigrant Rights March down International, a chapbook published by Deep Oakland Editions in 2009. He has written on documented and undocumented poetics for Harriet, the blog for The Poetry Foundation. He is currently at work on his second full manuscript, American Copia, a book-length poem “about” going to the grocery store.
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