Latino Literature/La literatura latina V

Bringing writers and scholars together in thoughtful interchange, the fifth biennial symposium of the Latino Literary Cultures Project at UCSC culminates in an evening reading by prizewinning novelist/journalist Ana Menéndez, writer/artist Maceo Montoya, and poet Xochiquetzal Candelaria. This free, public event takes place on Friday, November 14, 2014, 11:00am-7:00pm, at the Merrill Cultural Center.

September 22, 2014

By , Coordinator, Latino Literary Cultures Research Cluster 

Maceo Montoya, La Inmensidad II (2007), acrylic on canvas

Symposium Program, Friday, November 14, 2014, 11:00am-7:00pm

All events take place at the Merrill Cultural Center at Merrill College.  Parking is availalbe in the Merrill College parking lot. 


Panel 1:  Imagining Worlds through Language
11:00am-12:30pm
Moderator:  Jimiliz Valiente-Neighbours, Sociology Department, UC Santa Cruz

Angie Bonilla, UC Santa Cruz, "Carlos Guillermo Wilson's Chombo:  Itinerancy, Translation and the Afro-Caribbean-Central American Imaginary"

Xochiquetzal Candelaria, City College of San Francisco, "Lyric Poetry and Democracy:  Education, Ecology, and Social Change"

Catherine S. Ramírez, UC Santa Cruz, "The Good Citizen:  Narratives of the Immigrant Rights Movement"


Panel 2:  Engaging Latina/o Visuality
2:00-3:30pm
Moderator:  Robert Cavooris, History of Consciousness Department, UC Santa Cruz

Martín García, UC Santa Cruz, "Speculative Realism and Crisis Ordinariness in Alex Rivera's Sleep Dealer"

Maceo Montoya, UC Davis, "The Community Mural as Performance"

Juan Poblete, UC Santa Cruz, "The Archeology of the Post-social in the Comics of Lalo Alcaraz:  La Cucaracha and Migra Mouse:  Political Cartoons on Immigration"


Panel 3:  Writing in Wartime, Writing in Exile:  A Conversation with Ana Menéndez
3:45-4:30pm
Moderator:  Kirsten Silva Gruesz, Literature Department, UC Santa Cruz


Author Readings, Q&A, Reception, and Book Signings
5:00-7:00pm

Xochiquetzal Candelaria headshotXochiquetzal Candelaria, poet and author of Empire





Maceo Montoya headshotMaceo Montoya, author of two novels, including The Deportation of Wopper Barraza





Ana Menendez headshotAna Menéndez, author of four works of fiction, including Adios, Happy Homeland!







Latino Literary Cultures logoThe Latino Literary Cultures Project / Proyecto culturas literarias latinas is an interdisciplinary initiative at UC Santa Cruz that studies and promotes creative writing by and about U.S. Latinas and Latinos, past and present.  Since 2006, it has brought students and scholars together with writers, translators, reviewers, and librarians through a major biennial conference, as well as smaller events on topics like Latinos and new media.  The Project is particularly interested in the inventive uses of multiple languages; in the global circulation and translation of Latino culture; and in the ways that new forms of literacy and attention in the digital age are changing the relationship of text to visual and sound media. The Latino Literary Cultures Project is the only established research group in the United States with such a focus.



This free, public event is cosponsored by the Chicano Latino Research Center, Puknat Literary Studies Endowment of the Department of Literature, El Centro:  Chicano Latino Resource Center, Institute for Humanities Research, the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Merrill, Stevenson, Kresge, Cowell, Oakes and Porter Colleges.

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