R226. El Amor Sobre Ruedas: The Confessions of a Lover and Father in a Wheelchair

Room 210B, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


A Mexican American poet, father, and lover gives an intimate reading. Openly addressing in his poems and conversation with the audience the joys and struggles of sex, the constant search and encounter with love, fatherhood, and life in a wheelchair. El Amor sobre Ruedas was written in English but found an home in Spanish first. His translator will discuss the challenges of rendering the work in Spanish and how audiences in Mexico and the United States receive the poems differently.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Event_Outline.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: Ekiwah-poems-AWP-2.pdf



Greg Josselyn is a writer and theatre-maker with fiction in the Raleigh Review and the Burningword Literary Journal, along with poetry performances presented in Boston and London. He has also hosted over 300 public media episodes on aging and disability.

Ekiwah Adler-Beléndez is from Amatlan, Mexico, a small village an hour from Mexico. He is the author of Soy (I Am), Palabras Inagotables, Weaver, and The Coyote's Trace, the last with an introduction by Mary Oliver.

Kenia Cano lives in Cuernavaca. Some of her poetry books are Acantilado, Oración de Pájaros, and poetry and paintings from the artist, Las Aves de este Dia (Carlos Pellicer Iberoamerican Award in Poetry). She gives poetry workshops and readings in many international festivals.

Beth E. Jörgensen is professor emerita, University of Rochester. Her research and teaching areas include Spanish American literature, disability studies, women writers, the chronicle, theory of nonfiction. Her books include Writing of Elena Poniatowska, Documents in Crisis, and coedited volumes Contemporary Mexican Chronicle and Libre Acceso.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center