F115. Salvadoran Poets, American Letters

A107-109, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Twenty-five years after the peace accords ended the civil war in El Salvador, five American published, Salvadoran born and Salvadoran-American poets discuss what might be termed a Salvi Poetics. The authors engage with personal histories and writerly dilemmas, or in which ways their subjectivity is embodied in their craft choices. Topics include: war and post-war identities, linguistic alliances, cultural affinities, resistance and appropriation, syntactic ambiguity and border crossings.



Claudia Castro Luna is Washington State Poet Laureate. She served as Seattle's first Civic Poet (2015–2017), has published a chapbook, This City, and a full collection of poems, Killing Marias. She also writes nonfiction. Her work has been published widely.

William Archila is the author of The Art of Exile, which won an International Latino Book Award, and The Gravedigger’s Archaeology, which won the Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize. He has an MFA from the University of Oregon. He was featured in Spotlight on Hispanic Writers, Library of Congress.

Jose B. Gonzalez is the author of Toys Made of Rock and When Love Was Reels. He is the coeditor of Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature. His poetry has been anthologized in the Norton Introduction to Literature, The Wandering Song, and Theatre Under my Skin.

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 Huizache. She teaches in Latinx Studies at San Francisco State University.

Alexandra Lytton Regalado is co-founder of Kalina press based in El Salvador and she is author, editor, and/or translator of more than ten Central American-themed books including Vanishing Points and Theatre Under My Skin. Her poetry collection, Matria, is the winner of the St. Lawrence Book Prize.


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