S134. New Kids on the Block: Emerging Latino Voices Engage in Discourse on Poetry, Community, and Craft

Aspen Room, Sheraton Seattle, 2nd Floor
Saturday, March 1, 2014
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Latino/as are underrepresented in writing programs. The Letras Latinas Poets Initiative aims to create space for those Latino/as enrolled in MFA programs in order to dialogue with one another in online roundtable forums, as well as at weekend retreats. This panel consists of four poets who are part of this initiative’s inaugural cohort. They will discuss what participation has meant to them and seek to publicize the program to prospective participants at the conference.



Francisco Aragón is the author of the bilingual book of poems, Puerta de Sol, and Glow of Our Sweat, a volume of poetry and prose. He is also the editor of the award-winning anthology, The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, and he directs Letras Latinas, the literary program at the University of Notre Dame

Lauren Espinoza is currently an MFA student in Poetry at Arizona State University where she is the Teaching Artist for the Young Writers Program. She is an inaugural member of the Letras Latinas Young Poets Initiative and a CantoMundo Graduate Assistant.

Nayelly Barrios is an MFA candidate at McNeese State University. Her work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Puerto del Sol, and the Paris-American.

Lauro Vazquez is a Canto Mundo fellow and an MFA student in poetry at the University of Notre Dame's Creative Writing program. He is assistant editor and contributor at Letras Latinas, the literary program at Notre Dame's institute for Latino Studies.

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is a Canto Mundo fellow and an MFA candidate at the University of Michigan. He has received fellowships to attend the Squaw Writer’s Workshop, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Recent work can be found in the Journal and Devil's Lake.


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