S191. La Raza Cósmica and Other Myths: Telling the Truth About Race Thru Latinx Poetic

D131-132, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


The diversity of Latinx racial experience defies easy categorization. European colonization produced a hemisphere riddled with caste, vexed by color, and afflicted by an adoration of whiteness. Imperialism, diasporas, and borders only complicate; overlaying power structure over power structure, erasing and muddling convoluted. This panel will explore the poetics that might best communicate the nuanced reality of our raza cósmica, and to try to re-imagine the Americas through poetry.



Carmen Giménez Smith, Publisher of Noemi Press, is Professor of English at Virginia Tech. Most recently, she is author of Cruel Futures and Be Recorder. Her last poetry collection, Milk and Filth, was a finalist for the NBCC Award.

Lauren Espinoza earned her MFA at Arizona State University where she currently teaches. She is the Workshop Coordinator for CantoMundo. Her poetry has appeared in New Border Voices: An Anthology, Pilgrimage, and Sinister Wisdom. Her manuscript was a finalist for the 2016 Andres Montoya Poetry Prize.

Yesenia Montilla is an Afro Latina poet. Her poetry has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast, Academy of American Poets' Poem-A-Day and others. She received her MFA from Drew University and is a CantoMundo Fellow. The Pink Box is her first collection and was long-listed for the PEN Open Book Award.

Mario Alejandro Ariza is a Dominican immigrant and a Michener Fellow in poetry at the University of Miami’s Master in Fine Arts program. He holds a Master’s degree in Hispanic Cultural Studies from Columbia University. His poetry can be found in places like The Cincinnati Review and Gulf Coast.

Carina del Valle Schorske is a translator, poet, and essayist. She won Gulf Coast's 2016 prize in translation, and her work has appeared in Boston Review, The Offing, Lit Hub, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, the MacDowell Colony, and Bread Loaf.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center