S185. Revisiting "The Glass Cage"

B115, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


On the 20th anniversary of Aleida Rodriguez's "The Glass Cage," four award-winning Latinx poets and editors revisit this landmark essay about thematic limits placed on Latinx writers by publishing and literary institutional gatekeepers. What has changed in the intervening years? Are Latinx writers free to explore every subject under the sun? Does repetitive coercive editing produce self-censorship in one's writing and how can we break beyond the banal to a more authentic creativity?



Dan Vera is coeditor of Imaniman: Poets Respond to Gloria Anzaldúa and author of two books of poetry. Winner of the 2017 Oscar Wilde Award and Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize, his poetry appears in various publications and university writing curricula. He chairs the board of Split This Rock.

Francisco Aragón is the author of Puerta del Sol and Glow of Our Sweat. He is also the editor of the award-winning anthology, The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry. A third book, After Rubén, is forthcoming. He directs Letras Latinas, the literary program at Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies.

Emma Trelles is the author of Tropicalia, winner of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. Her work appears in Best American Poetry, Best of the Net, the Miami Rail, Zócalo Public Square, SWWIM, and others. She programs the Mission Poetry Series and teaches at Santa Barbara City College.

Aleida Rodríguez—poet, essayist, editor, translator—founded rara avis/Books of a Feather. She was the first woman (and Latina and lesbian) to establish a literary venture in the history of Los Angeles. Garden of Exile won a PEN award, among others. Her work has received many awards, including an NEA fellowship.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center