F162. Variedades: A Ballad Beyond the Border Wall

Room 17, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Now in its 7th year, Variedades is an interdisciplinary per­for­mance se­ries that brings to­gether spoken word, music, theater, and comedy, loosely based on the Mexican vaudeville shows (“variedades”) of early 20th-century Los Angeles that my Mexican grand­parents per­formed in. Each show is fo­cused by a par­ti­cu­lar theme. For AWP in Tampa I am assembling a Southwest edition called Variedades: A Ballad Beyond the Border Wall, a polyvocal invocation to breach walls in art and life.


Rubén Martínez is an author, journalist, and performer. He books include Crossing Over and Desert America. He holds the Fletcher Jones Chair in Literature and Writing at Loyola Marymount University and is an artist in residence at Stanford University's Institute for Diversity in the Arts.

Dagoberto Gilb is a writer.

Cristina Rivera Garza is the award-winning author of novels, collections of short stories, and poetry books, and a distinguished professor of Hispanic studies and creative writing at the University of Houston. She has theorized the link between writing and community in our violent times.

Raquel Gutiérrez is a poet, prose writer, and essayist. She publishes chapbooks with Econo Textual Objects. Her work explores tensions and creates intimate portraits of being a brown, queer child of immigrants. She holds a master's degree in performance studies from New York University.

Leticia Hernández-Linares is the author of Mucha Muchacha, Too Much Girl and editor of The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States. Widely published, her work appears in Pilgrimage and U.S Latino Literature Today. She is a member of CantoMundo Organizing Committee.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside